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Flyers preview vs Kraken: Expected lines and goalies

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The Philadelphia Flyers will play the Seattle Kraken for the first time this season. (Photo: AP)

After their second period heroics against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (19-11-4) head south of the border to face the Seattle Kraken (13-14-9) at 10 p.m. at Climate Pledge Arena on Friday night. The Flyers’ win over the Canucks snapped the hosts’ nine-game point streak, en route to ending a two-game skid of their own in the process. The Flyers and the Kraken have played each other pretty evenly to this point, as Philadelphia has a 2-2-0 record against Seattle through two seasons. Friday night will mark the first meeting of the season between these two teams; the next will take place on Feb. 10 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate prior to Friday’s 10 p.m. puck drop in Seattle.

Flyers lines vs Kraken, Dec. 29

Owen Tippett – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny*

Tyson Foerster – Morgan Frost – Cam Atkinson

Joel Farabee – Ryan Poehling – Bobby Brink

Nick Deslauriers – Scott Laughton – Garnet Hathaway

Flyers defense

Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Egor Zamula – Rasmus Ristolainen

Flyers goaltending

Carter Hart will start with the Flyers, and Sam Ersson will back up after exiting Thursday’s game early due to dehydration. * – Travis Konecny also left the game early, due to a “bug”. It’s unclear whether this will affect his game status vs the Kraken. If so, Rhett Gardner is the extra forward.

Flyers preview

  • Head coach John Tortorella will become the first U.S.-born coach in NHL history to coach 1,500 games.
    • He will be only the eighth coach in history to do so, and one of three active coaches that have done so.
  • With his appearance on Friday night, Sean Couturier will have played the fifth-most games in Philadelphia Flyers history (753).
  • The Flyers are an NHL-best 13-4-3 since Nov. 11.
  • Philadelphia is 16-2-0 when scoring first this season, and 11-3-0 when leading after the first period. In addition, the Flyers are 15-1-3 when scoring three or more goals in a game this season.
  • The Flyers are 3-1-1 in the second leg of back-to-backs this season.

Expected Kraken lines

Tomas Tatar – Matty Beniers – Jordan Eberle

Jared McCann – Alex Wennberg – Brandon Tanev

Eeli Tolvanen – Yanni Gourde – Oliver Bjorkstrand

Andre Burakovsky – Tye Kartye – Kailer Yamamoto

Kraken defense

Vince Dunn – Adam Larsson

Jamie Oleksiak – Will Borgen

Brian Dumoulin – Justin Schultz

Kraken goaltending

Joey Daccord will start for Seattle, with veteran Chris Driedger backing him up.

How to watch the Flyers game

Friday’s Flyers game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia +, and can be heard on the radio on 93.3 WMMR.

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