Canadiens (22-29-7) at Flyers (30-19-10)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
BROADCAST & STREAMING: TV– NBCSP; radio–97.5 FM.
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KEY PLAYERS: The Flyers traded with Detroit for goaltender Petr Mrazek on Monday, but 25-year-old rookie Alex Lyon might get at least another game to start tonight. Lyon was excellent in relief of Michal Neuvirth in Sunday’s 7-4 victory over the Rangers, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced. His only goal allowed came on a third shot after he had made two consecutive stops, one a spectacular pad save. Oskar Lindblom, promoted from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Monday, is expected to make his NHL debut. The 21-year-old Swede has rebounded from a tough training camp, which probably cost him a spot with the big club at the season’s start, to post 16 goals and 34 points for the Phantoms. After the first three-point game of his young career, Travis Konecny now has 24 points in the 24 games he has played with the first line. Claude Giroux is fourth in the NHL scoring race with 69 points (20-49). Jake Voracek continues to lead the league in assists with 54, and Sean Couturier continues to lead in goals scored with 29. Don’t look now but Wayne Simmonds, who has struggled with injuries this season, hit the 20-goal mark Sunday. With a hot finish, he could still get to 30, a mark he has reached in each of the last two seasons. Simmonds has scored 28 or more in each of his last four. The Canadiens are expected to start goalie Carey Price, who is a modest 13-11-0 (with one no-decision) in 25 career starts against the Flyers with a .915 save percentage and 2.63 goals-against average. Montreal defenseman Shea Weber, who has been out of the lineup since suffering a foot injury Dec.16, will likely be shut down for the rest of the season. Also missing tonight will be pesky Andrew Shaw, who just returned to practice after missing 15 games because of a lower back injury. Rumored in trade scenarios, he is not likely to play until after Monday’s deadline.
THINGS TO KNOW: This will be the second of six consecutive games the Flyers play against teams not currently in the playoff mix. Of those, only Columbus appears to have a decent chance of still being in the mix. The Habs are winless in their last five games (0-4-1) and playing their fourth consecutive road game. The Canadiens have surrendered 11 goals in their last two games.
HEAD TO HEAD: The Flyers beat the Canadiens here, 5-3, on Feb.8. They will play once more this season, in Montreal, next Monday. Including the postseason, the Flyers are 89-103-30 all-time against the Canadiens, 48-46-16 at home.
Thursday vs. Columbus, 7 p.m
Saturday at Ottawa, 2 p.m.
Monday at Montreal, 7 p.m.