Who: Philadelphia Flyers (17-8-5)
Where: Pepsi Center - Denver, Colorado
Puck drop: 7:30 pm MT
The Colorado Avalanche will have the attention of the hockey world as this is the featured game on tonight’s national NHL on NBC Broadcast. The Avs will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames Monday night. It was Colorado’s first loss in their last seven games as the team has been working their way up the Central Division standings. Currently in second place behind the St. Louis Blues, the Avalanche will look to continue their offensive dominance against a Philadelphia Flyers team that sits seventh in the NHL in goals against.
Though they’re getting healthy, the Avalanche will still be without star rookie Cale Makar and Erik Johnson, who are still recovering from upper body injuries.
The Flyers will be well rested as they haven’t seen game action since they beat the Ottawa Senators this past Saturday night. The Flyers have been playing well lately, having won seven of their last 10 games.
Cale Makar is still out of the lineup - and doubtful for Friday against the Devils - but the Avs will have their full compliment of forwards for the first time since the ninth game of the season against the St. Louis Blues.
This is the forward group that Joe Sakic envisioned when the season started, so hopefully we will get an extended stretch to see what they can do.
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Joonas Donskoi - Nazem Kadri - Andre Burakovsky
Valeri Nichushkin - P.E. Bellemare - Matt Calvert
Matt Nieto - Tyson Jost - J.T. Compher
Samuel Girard - Nikita Zadorov
Mark Barberio - Ian Cole
Ryan Graves - Calle Rosen
The Flyers will be without one of their best players as Travis Konecny remains out of the lineup after he suffered a concussion last week. In the middle of a breakthrough season, Konecny leads the Flyers with 28 points in 30 games played.
Oskar Lindblom is out with an upper body injury, and will not play tonight which means David Kase will make his NHL debut. Kase will join rookies Joel Farabee and Morgan Frost in a lineup that is a lot younger than the Flyers expected coming into the season.
Claude Giroux — Morgan Frost — Tyler Pitlick
David Kase — Sean Couturier — Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton — Kevin Hayes — Joel Farabee
James Van Riemsdyk — Mikhail Vorobyev — Chris Stewart
Ivan Provorov — Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim —Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere — Philippe Myers
Philipp Grubauer was a full participant in the game day skate this morning, but the team has called Adam Werner back up (after sending him back to the Eagles yesterday) so we’re going to get Pavel Francouz between the pipes again tonight.
For the Flyers, we’re going to get Carter Hart in net. Hart is having a sub-par season but he is riding a four game win streak with a save percentage of .944 over that time.