Preview: Flyers look to declaw Panthers, sweep back-to-back

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Flyers' Joel Farabee
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 13: Philadelphia Flyers Right Wing Joel Farabee (86) skates on the ice during the game between the Pittsburg Penquins and the Philadelphia Flyers on January 13, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Flyers are flying high after defeating the reigning Eastern Conference champions, 3-2, spoiling the home opener for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tonight the Flyers complete a back-to-back in Florida, heading to Sunrise to take on the Florida Panthers. Boasting a 3-0-0 record, Philadelphia has overcome two-goal deficits in their last two games, which they couldn’t do a season ago.

Carter Hart was simply amazing, stopping 37/39 shots on goal. Scott Laughton got the scoring started for the Flyers, snapping home a rebound that served as the first career NHL point for Egor Zamula. James van Riemsdyk added a powerplay goal. Noah Cates potted the game-winner, showcasing how determination and effort lead the way. That game-winner is an example youth coaches should show their players as an example of effort defeating talent.

Tonight is another tough test against the reigning President Trophy winners. A season ago, the Flyers were 0-2-1 against the Panthers, outscored 12-6 in three games.

Florida Panthers (2-1-0)

Aaron Ekblad left the game early against the Boston Bruins on Monday with a lower-body injury. He is being put on long-term injured reserve. Brandon Montour is also listed as day-to-day, ruled out by Paul Maurice. In response, the Panthers called up Lucas Carlsson and Matt Kiersted, both who will insert into tonight’s lineup versus the Flyers. Anthony DuClair is also on injured reserve, expected to make a return in December.

Tonight is the home opener for the Panthers. They last played in Boston, falling 5-3. Florida conjures a different looking squad after leading the NHL with 122pts in 2021-2022. Matthew Tkachuk is a newly acquired superstar with four points (2G, 2A) in three games, tying Colin White for the team lead.

Gustav Forsling will need to lead the Panthers on the blue line. The 26-year-old defender has three points (1G, 2A, +3, 5HIT, 2TK, 51.3%CF) in three games, averaging just about 25.5min a night.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Florida Panthers:




Philadelphia Flyers (3-0-0)

Cam Atkinson is listed as day-to-day; not in the lineup. Owen Tippet and Rasmus Ristoleinen both are on injured reserve; will not play.

“You know we’re just a hungry team, we’re a bunch of dogs.”

Noah Cates; 10/18/2022

The Flyers continue to impress and grind out wins. They are playing a gritty style of hockey, refusing to quit. They cannot afford to allow teams to continue jumping out to an early lead, however. Expect Joel Farabee to get his first goal of the season, setting a lead.

Carter Hart could potentially start, but don’t be surprised with Felix Sandström gets the call. Tortorella is not opposed to starting Hart in both games in the back-to-back.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers, per Olivia Reiner:

van Riemsdyk-Cates, N-MacEwen
Deslauriers-Cates, J-Laczynski



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Moneyline: Philadelphia Flyers (+285)
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Game Prediction Final Score: Flyers 4, Panthers 2

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Game Information:

Tonight’s game will be televised on TNT, and the radio broadcast will be available on 97.5 The Fanatic. The puck drops at 7:30p.

(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)