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Flyers vs. Canadiens: TV info, lineups, preview, and discussion thread

The Flyers were bad last night. Tonight they will try to be less bad and, ideally, good.

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2014-14 NHL Season :: Game 16 of 82
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7-6-2 (16 points)
6th in Metropolitan
12-4-1 (25 points)
1st in Atlantic
Saturday, November 15, 2014 :: 8 p.m. ET
Bell Centre :: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Starting Goaltenders
Philadelphia - Ray Emery 6 328 4 1 15 2.74 177 162 .915 0
Montreal - Carey Price 14 832 10 3 34 2.45 425 391 .920 1
Projected Lineups
Simmonds - Giroux - Voracek 1st Line Pacioretty - Desharnais - Parenteau
B. Schenn - Couturier - Read 2nd Line Galchenyuk - Plekanec - Gallagher
Umberger - Lecavalier - Akeson 3rd Line Prust - Eller - Sekac
Rinaldo - Bellemare - VandeVelde 4th Line Beaulieu - Malhotra - Weise
Coburn - Colaiacovo 1st D Pair Markov - Subban
Grossmann - Streit 2nd D Pair Emelin - Weaver
Del Zotto - Schultz 3rd D Pair Gonchar - Gilbert

Rolling the (brief) preview and game thread into one post today because it's Saturday and we're a little behind. Hope no one minds.

Lineups above are the same as last night, but they aren't a given. After Craig Berube ripped the play of the R.J. Umberger - Vincent Lecavalier - Jason Akeson trio, it wouldn't be too surprising to see that line broken up, or one of them (almost certainly Akeson) put in the press box. But the top two lines should stay the same. On defense, no reason to believe things will change much. Ray Emery is your starter, for the first time in November.

On the other side of the ice, the Montreal Canadiens are one of the most peculiar -- and, so far, winningest -- teams in the young season. They've won four in a row coming into tonight, and are tied for the league lead in points with 25, but no one seems to really know how good they actually are. Still, they've got a lot of talent up and down their lineup, and winning in the madhouse known as the Bell Centre (silly Canada and its silly spelling) is never an easy thing to do.

Sounds like a recipe for success for the Flyers, on the second half of a back-to-back, yeah?

The Flyers had some good things going on last night here and there, but the overall picture last night was not pretty, and that was against a team that hadn't won in weeks and was icing half of an AHL lineup. Right now this is a team that's almost solely relying on its top-six forwards (we're going to consider the "third line" of Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, and Matt Read as the second line for the time being) and its deadly power play to win games. As such, we have a few questions.

  • The penalty kill has been slipping for a little bit, and last night that really came to a head, with Columbus scoring three times on the power play. As you may have heard before, teams that walk into the Bell Centre often don't exactly get the calls to go their way. The penalty kill needs to be a strength of this team, and it'll probably get some time on the ice tonight. Can they do a better job tonight?
  • Can the bottom six get things going at evens? That Lecavalier and Umberger have struggled while together is probably not much of a surprise to anyone. Will Berube calling them out post-game make any difference? Will we end up seeing some line blending tonight? Or are we in for more of the same troubles?
  • How's the defense look? Carlo Colaiacovo has seemed to be adequate in his very limited time in a Flyers uniform, and Michael Del Zotto put another goal on the scoreboard last night and has continued to add some excitement to the blue line. On the other end, Braydon Coburn hasn't looked too hot in his two games back from injury, and Nicklas Grossmann has been reeeeeeeal cold lately. Any of that change tonight? Do we seem some different pairs if things go south?
  • Just in case those things don't go the Flyers way, can Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux keep scoring every game?

We shall see. Here's your game thread. Chat amongst yourselves. Go Flyers.

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