FGD 16: The town of cheesesteaks and Gritty (5pm MT, SN One)

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Ryan Pike
2 years ago
After getting back in the win column on Sunday in Ottawa, the Calgary Flames (8-3-4, 20 points) are back in action when they visit the City of Brotherly Love to face the Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-2, 16 points). Can the Flames continue their winning ways?
The puck drops just after 5 p.m. MT and you can catch the action on television via Sportsnet One or on radio via Sportsnet 960 The Fan. (The Edmonton game is on Sportsnet West, the Canada National Team soccer game is on Sportsnet Ontario and Pacific.)

The Flames

Projected lines via Daily Faceoff:
Gaudreau – Lindholm – Tkachuk
Dube – Backlund – Lewis
Coleman – Monahan – Mangiapane
Lucic – Richardson – Pitlick
Hanifin – Andersson
Kylington – Tanev
Zadorov – Gudbranson
It was an optional morning skate, so we’re left guessing for now lineup-wise – we’ll provide updates after warm-ups. It seems likely that Jacob Markström starts for Calgary, backed up by Dan Vladar. The projected extra Flames are Michael Stone, Jusso Välimäki and Walker Duehr. Tyler Pitlick missed Sunday’s game with an injury and his status is unclear for tonight. (If he can’t go, Duehr plays again.)
On one hand, the Flames faced a decimated Senators team on Sunday that had its next three games cancelled after the game. And the Flames beat their brains in! The Flames were in a situation where they could have utterly collapsed in a situation where they were expected to win, and they didn’t – and that represents progress from last season, where that happened constantly.
So let’s see if the Flames can continue the positive things they did in Ottawa against a better team.

The Flyers

Yesterday’s lines via Daily Faceoff:
Giroux – Couturier – van Riemsdyk
Farabee – Hayes – Atkinson
Brassard – Laughton – Konecny
Thompson – Brown – MacEwen
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Seeler
Carter Hart starts for the Flyers, backed up by Martin Jones. Their extra skater is Oskar Lindblom.
The Flyers have been kind of all over the place this season: sometimes they’re excellent, sometimes they’re much less so. But they have a lot of interesting young players – their defensive group is full of them – and they’re capable of being a tough night at the office on any given outing.

The numbers

Points (%)20 (.667)16 (.615)
Adjusted Corsi For56.8%49.4%
Expected Goals For53.9%47.1%
Power Play23.4%17.1%
Penalty Kill85.7%82.6%

Unfit to play

The Flames are without Brett Ritchie.
The Flyers are without Ryan Ellis and Samuel Morin.

When last we met

The Flames beat the Flyers 4-0 in the Saddledome back on Oct. 30.

Know thy enemy

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