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Flyers preview vs Capitals: Expected lineups and goalies

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The Philadelphia Flyers will host the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. (Backdrop: West Coast Nut)

The Philadelphia Flyers (15-10-3) return home to the Wells Fargo Center to host the visiting Washington Capitals (14-8-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday night. The Flyers enter this matchup on a season-long six game point streak, during which they’ve gone 5-0-1. Philadelphia is 13-1-0 when scoring the game’s first goal, and 10-2-0 when leading after the first period. Further to that point, the Flyers are also 12-1-2 when scoring three or more goals in a game this season. In their last 10 games against Washington, Philadelphia is 5-3-2.

The Flyers will not hold a morning skate prior to Thursday’s 7 p.m. puck drop.

Flyers lines vs Capitals, Dec. 14

Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Bobby Brink

Joel Farabee – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson

Nick Deslauriers – Ryan Poehling – Garnet Hathaway

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Flyers defense

Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Egor Zamula – Rasmus Ristolainen

Flyers goalies

After Carter Hart made three consecutive starts, Philadelphia had turned to Sam Ersson against the Nashville Predators. Ersson hasn’t made consecutive starts since Hart was first injured and then sick, so Hart is poised for a return to the crease Thursday night, barring something unforeseen. Olle Lycksell, Marc Staal, and Louie Belpedio (AHL) figure to be the extra skaters.

Flyers game notes:

  • Travis Konecny is one assist away from 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Tortorella is three wins away from tying Alain Vigneault for 10th-most in NHL history.
  • Carter Hart is 5-5-1 in his career against the Capitals, with a .914 save percentage. Sam Ersson has never faced Washington.
  • Sean Couturier leads the Flyers in career scoring against the Capitals, with 13 goals, 19 assists, and 32 points in 42 games played.

Expected Capitals lines

Alex Ovechkin – Dylan Strome – Tom Wilson

Joe Snively – Evgeny Kuznetsov – T.J. Oshie

Aliaksei Protas – Connor McMichael – Anthony Mantha

Beck Malenstyn – Nic Dowd – Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Capitals defense

Martin Fehervary – John Carlson

Rasmus Sandin – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Joel Edmundson – Nick Jensen

Capitals goalies

Charlie Lindgren has been confirmed as the Capitals’ starter, which means that Darcy Kuemper will serve as his backup against Philadelphia.

How to watch the Flyers game

Thursday’s game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and can be heard on 97.5 The Phanatic.

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Jonathan Bailey has been Philly Hockey Now's Flyers beat reporter since 2023. He can be reached on Twitter/X @ByJonBailey, or via email at jonathanbaileyy@gmail.com

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