Preview: Flyers vs Wild 01/14/19

  • Philadelphia Flyers: 16-23-6 (38 pts)
  • Minnesota Wild: 22-19-3 (47 pts)

The Flyers are back home to take on the Minnesota Wild at 7 pm on NBCSports Philadelphia. This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams, Minnesota swept the Flyers in both games last season. It looks like Carter Hart is going to be the main stay in net for the foreseeable future, with Michal Neuvirth being placed on the IR. The Flyers are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Devils where they got the offense going too late. Scott Gordon is planning on making changes to the power play, putting five forwards on the first unit. James van Riemsdyk is questionable for tonights game after suffering an upper body injury against New Jersey. If he is scratched, Michal Raffl will be placed on the 1st line and Jori Lehtera will enter the lineup and play on the 4th line. Will the Flyers solve their power play woes with this new system?

Starting Goalies:

  • Carter Hart: Hart comes into this game dropping 3 out of his last 4 starts, nothing really being his fault. He stands with a 3-5-1 record to go along with a 2.54 GAA and a .916 SV%.
  • Devan Dubnyk: Dubnyk comes into this game with a 17-15-3 record to go along with a 2.62 GAA and a .914 SV% with 1 shutout. He is able to steal games, so the Flyers have to get to him early.

Players to Watch:

  • Nolan Patrick: It has been an abysmal season for Patrick, having only 11 points on the season. He has been under a ton of pressure of being the 2nd overall pick back in 2017. People have already put the bust label on him, it is way too early for that. Patrick is due for a game with multiple points.
  • Zach Parise: A former Devil, Parise is very familiar with the Flyers. He is the Wild’s leading point scorer with 40 points. He comes into tonight with 5 points in his last 5 games.

Keys to the Game:

  • Power Play: With the new set up on the first unit, it can possible open up more space for Giroux and Voracek to move the puck around.
  • Score First: The Flyers have not scored against Minnesota since the 2016-17 season. Get on the board first to show who is in control.

By: Amedeo Grassia (@bud0522)

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