It’s been a rough couple of days for this Flyers team, but finally at the very least they get to return home tonight. It’s hard to put into words the absolute shit this team has gone through lately, and they deserve a pass for the past few games, and maybe you could argue they deserve one tonight as well. However, at some point, they have to turn it around.
They’ll have a better chance of doing that once everyone gets healthy, and it looks like that might be starting tonight. After being concussed on a hit from Mark Borowiecki in the Senators game, Travis Konecny might be set to return tonight for the orange and black.
Pitlick, Farabee, Raffl all in white (which I think signifies they’re not options tonight). Looks like Konecny may be back in.— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) December 17, 2019
They’ve missed TK dearly in the top six, having to shuffle a lot of kids around and guys who simply aren’t good enough to be in the top six. But with their leading scorer back, things can somewhat get back to normal? Not really though, because Joel Farabee got suspended for three games which, by the way, is absolutely a horrific decision by the NHL.
Players to watch for
Travis Konecny — Shocker, I know! Obviously it will be on everyone’s radar how Konecny looks in this game, and if it takes him a little while to shake the rust off. He was outstanding before his concussion, so hopefully this won’t set him back at all in his production.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel — NAK will get a look a new-look second line tonight with himself, Kevin Hayes, and James van Riemsdyk. JVR has been hot of late, and NAK is coming off scoring his first NHL point. For how hesitant they were to call him up, it’s quite interesting he’d be trusted with second line minutes this early on.
Andy Andreoff — Andreoff gets another shot in the bottom six in place of Carsen Twarynski, who was sent back to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He’ll play on the fourth line with Mikhail Vorobyev and Chris Stewart, in hopes to keep himself in the NHL even when the team finally gets healthy.
Two big questions
1. Will the third line ever shoot the puck?
I’m not joking, who on this line is going to shoot? The line will be comprised of David Kase, Morgan Frost, and Jakub Voracek. None of these guys are exactly known as snipers, let alone guys with a high tendency to shoot.
2. How will the energy be?
They finally got to return home and see their best pal Oskar, and you know that was weighing on their minds on the road trip. I’d expect to see them pretty fired up for this one tonight.
Flyers projected lineup
Giroux — Couturier — Konecny
JVR — Hayes — NAK
Kase — Frost — Voracek
Andreoff — Vorobyev — Stewart
Provorov — Niskanen
Sanheim — Braun
Hagg — Gostisbehere
In this edition of Checking out the Competition, Kelly sits down with CJ Woodling, the Managing Editor of our friends at Anaheim Calling. They discuss the re-tool that Anaheim is going through, the play of John Gibson, and the Anaheim defense with our old pal Michael Del Zotto.