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    per Bill
    Flyers Gameday: 10/10/17 @ NSH, Flyers Acquire Tokarski
    October 10, 2017, 5:59 AM ET [227 Comments]
    Bill Meltzer
    Philadelphia Flyers Blogger •NHL.com • RSSArchiveCONTACT
    UPDATE (12:40 PM EDT)

    Per Dave Isaac, Predators captain Roman Josi is officially a game-time decision but it does not appear as if he'll play in this game. Peter Laviolette has also shaken up multiple line combos. Lineups have been updated below.


    GAME 4 PREVIEW: FLYERS @ PREDATORS

    Concluding their season-opening four-game road trip, Dave Hakstol's Philadephia Flyers (2-1-0) are in Music City to take on Peter Laviolette's defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators (0-2-0). Game time at Bridgestone Arena is 8 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised on NBCSP.

    This is the first of two meetings this season between the inter-conference teams, and the lone game in Nashville. The teams will rematch in Philadelphia on Oct. 19.

    The Flyers and Predators split the season series last year, with both teams winning on the other's home ice. On Dec. 16, 2016 in Nashville, two goals by Wayne Simmonds and a 30-save performance in goal by Steve Mason paced a 4-2 Flyers win. Fifteen nights later in Philadelphia, Mason stopped 30 of 31 Nashville shots in regulation and OT but the Flyers managed only an Andrew MacDonald tally against Pekka Rinne on 32 shots. The Predators won via shootout, despite Mason stopping two of three Preds attemps.

    Flyers Outlook

    Philly won two of three games during the California portion of the road trip. On Saturday night, the Flyers earned a 3-2 overtime win against an injury-riddled Anaheim Ducks teams that was missing seven regulars from the lineup.

    Simmonds (fourth goal of the road trip) notched the game-winner at the 44-second mark of an overtime in which Anaheim never had a single second of puck possession time. The winning score was set up by Sean Couturier, who earlier tallied an even strength goal in the second period. Ivan Provorov opened the scoring in the first period, a split second after a Flyers power play expired.

    Recording the 500th point of his NHL career, Antoine Vermette scored a four-on-four goal in the first period that knotted the game at 1-1. Cam Fowler scored an unassisted shorthanded goal that tied the score at 2-2 early in the third period.

    The Flyers went with the same lineup as they did on Thursday night in Los Angeles, with two differences. Brian Elliott started in goal, and Nolan Patrick and Valtteri Filppula switched lines at 5-on-5. Travis Sanheim remained in the lineup, while Sam Morin was scratched for the third straight game along with forward Jori Lehterä.

    The Flyers connected on each of their first three power play chances on opening night. After three games, the team is 3-for-15 on the man advantage. However, the Provorov goal in Anaheim came one second after the expiration of a power play. The Flyers also yielded a shorthanded goal to the Ducks. On the penalty kill, the Flyers were 2-for-2 in Anaheim and are 11-for-13 thus far on the season.

    On Monday, the Flyers held a practice in Nashville. The practice lines were the same combinations as Saturday's game. If these hold, the only difference in the starting lineup could be Michal Neuvirth getting his second start of the season.

    Neuvirth played a very strong game in a losing cause in Los Angeles last Thursday, stopping 25 of 27 shots. He made a host of outstanding saves including an early save-of-the-season candidate with a diving glove save on LA's Anze Kopitar at point blank range.

    After this game, the Flyers will have their home opener on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center when the Washington Capitals come to town. It will be the start of a five-game homestand.

    Predators Outlook

    Tonight's game is the Predators' home opener. Before the opening faceoff, the team will celebrate its first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final and raise its 2016-17 Western Conference championship banner. It will be the third opposing home opener the Flyers have had to wait out during the road trip.

    Last season, the Predators peaked at the right time: the playoffs. The club underachieved a bit during the regular season but earned a lower wildcard seed primarily on the strength of racking up 55 points on home ice (24-9-8). The Flyers were also a 55-point team at home last year, but had just 33 points on the road. The Predators mustered 38 points on the road (17-20-4), which was enough to get into the playoffs in the West. In the East, the New York Islanders had an identical 41-29-12 overall record with the very same 39 regulation/OT wins in the primary tiebreaking category but fell short by one point of qualifying for the playoffs.

    The Predators' got outscored by a combined 8-3 over the two road games in Boston and Pittsburgh that opened the 2017-18 regular season. Against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins on Saturday, the Preds got blanked, 4-0.

    Nashville trailed, 2-0, at the first intermission after goals by Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel. The deficit was 3-0 by the second intermission after Ryan Reaves scored mid-period. Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Määttä turned the match into a rout in the opening minute of the third period.

    The Predators came up empty on 26 shots against Matt Murray on Saturday. Jusse Saros made 30 saves for Nashville in a losing cause. The Flyers will face Pekka Rinne tonight. Rinne stopped 28 of 31 shots against Boston in an opening night loss.

    Before the last game, Predators offseason acquisition Nick Bonino, a two-time Cup winner in Pittsburgh as the pivot on the HBK Line, received a video tribute on the PPG Paints Arena scoreboard. Bonino signed a four-year, $16.4 million contract with Nashville on July 1. He enters Tuesday's game looking for his first point with his new team and is minus-four at even strength through two games.

    Through the first two games of the season, the Predators are 2-for-12 on the power play. Nashville allowed a shorthanded empty net goal to Boston's Brad Marchand late in the third period of its 4-3 opening night road loss to the Bruins. The goal made it 4-1 at the time. The Predators scored twice on the power play in the final 1:48 of the game but it was too little and too late. On the penalty kill, the Preds are 9-for-10 through the first two games.

    Beginning his second stint with the Predators, former Flyers fan favorite left winger Scott Hartnell scored an opening-night power play goal for Nashville late in the third period. In the opening period, Viktor Arvidsson's goal in the final 12 seconds marked the team's first goal of the new season. Arvidsson later assisted on the Hartnell goal. The final Nashville goal was a power play tally by Filip Forsberg that cut the final deficit to one goal.

    Despite the Predators' stumbles in their first two games of the season, they remain an eminently dangerous team. The Flyers need to be especially aware of Predators captain Roman Josi and PK Subban pinching up on the play to be activated offensively. When Laviolette's attack-based system is running on high octane, the Predators are very aggressive on the forecheck and can also create off the rush.

    They're also dangerous shorthanded. Last season, the waterbug-like Arvidsson racked up five shorthanded tallies while Forsberg had three SHGs. The Swedes shared the team's overall goal-scoring lead with 31 goals apiece. Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen tied for the overall team point lead with 61 points each. Johansen scored just 14 goals last season but compiled 47 assists.

    On the injury front, Ryan Ellis is out 4-for-6 months after undergoing offseason knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. An alternate captain for his team, Ellis played through the issue during the playoffs last season. During the offseason, the Predators signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Alexei Emelin.


    PROJECTED LINEUPS (Subject to change)

    Flyers

    28 Claude Giroux - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
    40 Jordan Weal - 51 Valtteri Filppula - 17 Wayne Simmonds
    22 Dale Weise - 19 Nolan Patrick - 11 Travis Konecny
    20 Taylor Leier - 21 Scott Laughton - 12 Michael Raffl

    9 Ivan Provorov - 47 Andrew MacDonald
    6 Travis Sanheim - 3 Radko Gudas
    53 Shayne Gostisbehere - 8 Robert Hägg

    37 Brian Elliott
    [30 Michel Neuvirth]

    Scratches: Jori Lehterä (healthy), Brandon Manning (healthy), Sam Morin (healthy), Anthony Stolarz (SOIR).


    Predators

    33 Viktor Arvidsson - 92 Ryan Johansen - 15 Craig Smith
    9 Filip Forsberg - 19 Calle Järnkrok - 22 Kevin Fiala
    17 Scott Hartnell - 13 Nick Bonino - 46 Pontus Åberg
    55 Cody McLeod - 51 Austin Watson - 20 Miikka Salomäki

    25 Alexei Emelin - 76 P.K. Subban
    14 Mattias Ekholm - 94 Samuel Girard
    52 Matt Irwin - 7 Yannick Weber

    35 Pekka Rinne
    [74 Juuse Saros]

    Scratches: Roman Josi (questionable-to-doubtful), Anthony Bitetto (healthy), Colton Sissons (healthy), Ryan Ellis (IR, knee surgery).

  • #2
    honestly...lil irked that Morin didn't get in..

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    • #3
      If you like Morin there is an interview by sam carchidi on twitter.

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      • #4
        If the Flyers can come back from this road trip 3-1 that would be one hell of a successful trip. GO FLYERS GO.

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        • #5
          I'd really like...

          28 Claude Giroux - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
          40 Jordan Weal - 19 Nolan Patrick - 11 Travis Konecny
          22 Dale Weise - 51 Valtteri Filppula - 17 Wayne Simmonds
          20 Taylor Leier - 21 Scott Laughton - 12 Michael Raffl

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          • #6
            Originally posted by toothless joe View Post
            If you like Morin there is an interview by sam carchidi on twitter.
            posted it here:

            http://www.orangeandblack.net/philly...orin-interview

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rev_Bully View Post
              I'd really like...

              28 Claude Giroux - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
              40 Jordan Weal - 19 Nolan Patrick - 11 Travis Konecny
              22 Dale Weise - 51 Valtteri Filppula - 17 Wayne Simmonds
              20 Taylor Leier - 21 Scott Laughton - 12 Michael Raffl
              i feel bad for Simmer on that 3rd line lol

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              • #8
                Originally posted by M13 View Post

                i feel bad for Simmer on that 3rd line lol
                ok, howabout...

                28 Claude Giroux - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
                40 Jordan Weal - 19 Nolan Patrick - 11 Travis Konecny
                20 Taylor Leier - 21 Scott Laughton - 17 Wayne Simmonds
                22 Dale Weise - 51 Valtteri Filppula- 12 Michael Raffl

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rev_Bully View Post

                  ok, howabout...

                  28 Claude Giroux - 14 Sean Couturier - 93 Jakub Voracek
                  40 Jordan Weal - 19 Nolan Patrick - 11 Travis Konecny
                  20 Taylor Leier - 21 Scott Laughton - 17 Wayne Simmonds
                  22 Dale Weise - 51 Valtteri Filppula- 12 Michael Raffl
                  hmm..i like that 3rd line lol

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                  • #10
                    Mrs Swami heard Hartnell's name mentioned mid 1st period, and asked if he had fallen yet..

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