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Flyers preview vs Flames: Expected lines and goalies



Philadelphia Flyers preview
The Philadelphia Flyers play the Calgary Flames for the first time this season. (Photo: AP)

After a tough loss against the Seattle Kraken on Friday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (19-11-5) head north and east of the border to try to bounce back against the Calgary Flames (13-14-9) at 8 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Philadelphia and Calgary will meet for the first time this season, and will meet again at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 6. The Flyers are 3-3-4 in their last 10 against the Flames, and 2-2-1 in their last five. Nazem Kadri has eight goals, 15 assists, and 23 points in 28 career games against Philadelphia.

The Flyers will not hold a morning skate prior to Sunday’s 8 p.m. puck drop.

Flyers lines vs Flames, Dec. 31

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

Sam Ersson was announced by the team as Sunday’s starter, making Carter Hart the backup.

Flyers preview

  • The Flyers are 10-7-4 all-time in games played on New Year’s Eve.
    • The Flyers are 1-1-0 against the Flames in those games, with the most recent such game between the two coming on Dec. 31, 2013, when the Flyers won, 4-1.
  • Carter Hart has made 30 or more saves in five of his last seven starts.
  • Philadelphia is 16-2-1 when scoring first this season, and 11-3-1 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 tied for first in the NHL in short-handed goals, with nine.

Expected Flames lines

Andrew Mangiapane – Elias Lindholm – Yegor Sharangovich

Martin Pospisil – Nazem Kadri – Connor Zary

Jonathan Huberdeau – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman

A.J. Greer – Dillon Dube – Walker Duehr

Flames defense

Noah Hanifin – Chris Tanev

Rasmus Andersson – Mackenzie Weegar

Dennis Gilbert – Nick Desimone

Flames goaltending

Jacob Markstrom is expected to start, with Dan Vladar 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 97.5 The Fanatic.

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