Flyers-Flames preview: Can Philly contain Johnny Gaudreau and end 10-game losing streak?

Flyrglance04
Goalie Brian Elliott is expected to face his former team, Calgary, on Monday.

Flames (14-11-1) vs. Flyers (8-11-7)

WHEN: 9 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: Saddledome.

BROADCAST & STREAMING: TV — NBCSP+; Radio — 93.3 FM.

SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Twitter, @BroadStBull@samdonnellon.

KEY PLAYERS: South Jersey’s Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames and is third in the NHL with 36 points. When Calgary scored a 5-4 overtime win over the host Flyers on Nov. 18, Gaudreau (goal, two assists) and Sean Monahan (three goals, assist) led the way. The Flyers blew leads of 3-1 and 4-3 in that game.

Flyers goalie Brian Elliott (6-6-6), winless in his last eight games, is expected to face his former Calgary teammates. Elliott, the goalie in last month’s loss to Calgary, has a 2.98 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

“He’s played good hockey for us,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “He’s such a good pro and has been a rock for us.”

The Flyers are trying to end a 10-game winless streak, during which they have gone 0-5-5.

“It becomes a frustration issue, especially for the players,” said Hakstol, whose team is coming off a listless 3-0 home loss Saturday to Boston, the sixth time it has been shut out this season. “You have to have a real short memory in that regard.”

Hakstol, whose job might depend on how long it takes to end the slide, said the Flyers’ leaders have kept the team upbeat.

“Guys have stayed positive and are still all-in,” he said.

The Flyers are led by Jake Voracek’s 30 points (tied for 10th in the NHL) and Sean Couturier’s 14 goals, tied for fifth in the league. They are searching for their first win since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Nov. 9.

THINGS TO KNOW: For rookie Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim, it will be a homecoming of sorts as he is returning to the arena where he starred for the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League. … Former Flyer Jaromir Jagr has seven points (goal, six assists) in 16 games with the Flames. … Winger Kris Versteeg, another former Flyer, is scheduled to have hip surgery Monday and will be sidelined for an undetermined period. … Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie has 16 points but is minus-10. … Flames goalie Mike Smith is 12-8 with a 2.69 GAA and .920 save percentage. … Both teams are near the bottom of the league in penalty killing. … Only Arizona and Buffalo have fewer wins than the Flyers. … The Flyers’ last road win was Nov. 2 in St. Louis.

HEAD TO HEAD: This is the second and final meeting between the teams. The Flyers have a 35-31-5 advantage in the all-time series. The teams split last season’s two games.

COMING FLYERS GAMES:

Wednesday: 9:30 p.m. at Edmonton.

Thursday: 10 p.m. at Vancouver.