Canadiens (22-25-6) at Flyers (25-19-9)
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
BROADCAST & STREAMING: NBC Sports Philadelphia, 97.5 FM The Fanatic, nbcsports.com/live
KEY PLAYERS: The Canadiens will be without defenseman Shea Weber who is still recovering from a foot injury sustained on Dec. 16. He and Phillip Danault (concussion) returned to practice for the first time since their injuries on Wednesday. With a league-leading 52 assists, Jake Voracek (62 points) is four points shy of the NHL’s overall points leader, Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov. Meanwhile, captain Claude Giroux has just two goals over his last 23 games. Wayne Simmonds and Nolan Patrick have combined for four goals and four assists in the four games that they have played with Voracek. Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens leading scorer with 33 points, has eight goals and 13 points since January began. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, whose return to the nets Tuesday helped the Flyers break a four-game losing streak, owns a 6-3-1 all-time record against Montreal, with a 2.89 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. Carey Price, who is 13-10 all-time against the Flyers, is expected to start for the Habs.
THINGS TO KNOW: Traffic closures due to the Eagles parade prevented the Canadiens from conducting their typical morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center. The Canadiens are trying to win their third game in a row for the first time since winning five in a row in late November-early December. They outscored their opponents 9-3 in their two wins over the weekend, however they have lost seven of their last eight on the road. This is the first of three games the teams will play against each other over the next three weeks. The Habs will be back in Philly on Feb. 20 and the Flyers will visit Montreal on February 26.
HEAD TO HEAD: Including playoffs, the Flyers are 88-103-30 all-time against Montreal, with a 47-46-16 record at home. Montreal won two of three last season, with each team prevailing on home ice. The Flyers have won nine of their last 10 home meetings with Montreal.
UPCOMING GAMES: Saturday at Arizona 8 p.m., Sunday at Las Vegas 8 p.m.