After a 5-2 win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday to begin the season, the Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0) return to the ice this afternoon to host the Vancouver Canucks (0-1-0) at the Wells Fargo Center.
During 2021-2022, Philadelphia was 1-0-1 against Vancouver. On Wednesday night, the Flyers played the hard style that Tortorella was preaching all offseason. The team didn’t take their foot off the gas for the entire 60 minutes. They’ll be looking to play the same way tonight.
“I think in this league; if you’re true, you’re honest, you find your way into the win column.”John Tortorella; 10/13/2022
Vancouver Canucks (0-1-0)
Travis Dermott, Tyler Myers, Ilya Mikheyev, and Phillip Di Giuseppe will be out of Vancouver’s lineup.
Vancouver began their 2022-2023 season by collapsing against the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks had a 3-0 lead over the Oilers in the second period, but in the end, it was the Oilers who were victorious, 5-3.
Andrei Kuzmenko scored his first NHL goal for Vancouver on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Russian signed his entry-level contract in July.
J.T. Miller could give the Flyers a handful this afternoon. Fresh off a 99-point season, Miller signed a 7-year, $56 million dollar contract in September to remain in Vancouver. He scored two points (1G, 1A) in the loss to Edmonton on Tuesday.
Quinn Hughes will control Vancouver’s blue line. The former 7th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft had a breakout year during 2021-2022, scoring 68 points in 76 games. Hughes is one of the most exciting young defenseman in the entire NHL.
Here is how Vancouver matched up against Edmonton:
Pearson – Miller – Boeser
Kuzmenko – Pettersson – Höglander
Podkolzin – Horvat – Garland
Joshua – Aman – Lazar
Hughes – Schenn
Ekman-Larsson – Poolman
Stillman – Burroughs
Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0)
Owen Tippett (upper body), Cam Atkinson (upper body), and Rasmus Ristolainen (undisclosed) will not play this afternoon. Tippett was injured in a collision during the first period against the Devils and did not return to the game. Atkinson and Ristolainen remain day-to-day with injuries.
Travis Konecny scored two goals in the opener and will look to continue his hot hand today. Speaking after Wednesday’s game, Konecny and the rest of the team are ready to keep proving critics wrong.
“A lot of guys in our locker room just believe in each other. We’ll let everyone else talk about how bad we are and we’ll keep proving them wrong.”Travis Konecny; 10/13/22
Jackson Cates was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday. He’ll look to center the fourth line today.
Hayden Hodgson was placed on waivers on Friday for assignment to Lehigh Valley. Defenseman Ronnie Attard was also sent down.
Currently, Philadelphia has 11 healthy forwards and six defensemen. It is still uncertain whether a forward will be recalled from Lehigh Valley for this afternoon’s game. Hodgson could also suit up this afternoon.
Projected Flyers Lineup, per Bill Meltzer:
Laughton – Hayes – Konecny
Farabee – N. Cates – Allison
van Reimsdyk – Frost – Laczynski
Deslauriers – J. Cates – Hodgson (or recall)
Provorov – DeAngelo
Sanheim – Braun
Seeler – Zaumla
Bets for today:
Moneyline: Philadelphia Flyers (+140)
Anytime Score: J.T. Miller (+170)
Anytime Score: Travis Konecny (+280)
Game Information: This afternoon’s game will be televised on NBCSP, and the radio broadcast will be available on 97.5 The Fanatic, along with Flyers Radio 24/7. The puck drops at 4pm.