After a long five game road trip, the Flyers finally find themselves home as they get set to face the Washington Capitals. This will be the first of four straight home games, three of which will come against Washington. Philly finished their five game road stand with a uninspiring 3-2-0 record and failed to gain any ground in the ultra competitive NHL East Division. They'll have a great opportunity to climb the leader board facing a Capitals team that is three points ahead of them in the standings. The offense has been keeping their end of the bargain, scoring at least three goals in four of the past five games. It's been the defense and goaltending that has been holding this team back. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher can't be satisfied with what his defense is showing on the ice, and maybe this recent stretch of games was enough for him to fully embrace trading multiple players/prospects and draft picks to acquire a reliable defenseman before the April 12th trade deadline. The sooner Fletcher can bring a defensive upgrade in, the better off this team will be.
The Flyers will get to play a Capitals team that will be without Tom Wilson, who is serving a seven-game suspension. Players in orange will breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won't have to worry about Wilson head-hunting them. AV announced a trio of lineup changes for this evening's game.
Flyers: 12-5-3 (27 points, 4th place) Capitals:13-6-4 (30 points, 2nd place)
Flyers Projected Lines
van Riemsdyk- Couturier - Farabee
Laughton - Hayes - Konecny
Lindblom - Giroux - Aube-Kubel
Bunnaman - Patrick - Voracek
Provorov - Braun
Sanheim - Myers
Gustafsson - Gostisbehere
Andreoff (healthy), Hagg (healthy), Kase (healthy), Prosser (healthy), Raffl (hand), Sushko (healthy), Twarynski (healthy), Frost (shoulder - IR)
Carter Hart will start turning around his season by stopping 30+ shots and allowing just one or fewer goals.