Snapping a four-game losing streak didn’t come without casualties.
Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames. Samuel Ersson improved to 6-0-0 in his NHL career, becoming the eighth NHL goaltender to accomplish the feat. Wade Allison scored the game-winner in the third period.
Tonight, the Flyers wrap up their road trip. With a win against the Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia will salvage a road trip that began poorly against the Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks.
Edmonton Oilers (30-19-8)
The Oilers are on a four-game losing streak. Their last three losses all took place after regulation time. On Sunday, Edmonton lost on the road in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche, 6-5.
Tyson Barrie (-4, 66BLK, 27GV, 56%CF) is the lone defenseman on the Oilers’ top powerplay unit. Helping quarterback the best powerplay in the NHL, they weren’t given an opportunity on the man-advantage during a shootout loss to the Flyers twelve nights ago. Barrie is proving as dangerous during even-strength hockey lately, potting a goal against the Avalanche and versus the Rangers. He had a quiet evening in Philadelphia the last time these two clubs met.
Zach Hyman (27G, 40A) had an assist on a Leon Draisaitl goal that put Edmonton ahead of Colorado, 3-0, in a game they ultimately squandered. He’ll reside on the top line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid, overlooked as one of the most well-rounded forwards on a superstar forward lineup. Hyman plays a tough style, taking his licks but producing offense from steady defense, forcing turnovers, and blocking shots. He didn’t get onto the scoring sheet against the Flyers in the overtime loss but took a quality scoring chance in the dirty areas on Carter Hart toward the end of the first period.
Here’s the tentative lineup for the Edmonton Oilers:
Philadelphia Flyers (23-25-10)
In a narrow victory against the Flames, Philadelphia found a way to win in regulation with a shortened bench. Travis Konecny didn’t return after MacKenzie Weegar hit him from behind, and Joel Farabee didn’t step back onto the ice after 3:52 of contributions. Travis Sanheim and Kieffer Bellows were healthy scratches, inviting Olle Lycksell back into the lineup. John Tortorella will adjust his lineup tonight, ending the road trip with a slightly new look.
Cam York (+9, 44BLK, 15GV, 50.3%CF) went from not making the opening night roster to playing on the top pair, replacing Ivan Provorov in Calgary. Additionally, Tortorella trusts him to boost the offense on the powerplay, putting him on the second unit with Provorov along the blue line. His performance against the Flames might’ve been the best of the season, showing that he can lead the Flyers’ defense if Chuck Fletcher finds a way to create cap space at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline. A key for his stability against the Oilers is puck possession and control, in which he committed three turnovers in the defensive zone the last time these clubs met.
James van Riemsdyk (9G, 14A) assisted the game-winner last night in Calgary. His pass to Allison was on the tape for a simple tip, further frustrating Jacob Markstrom between the pipes. It could’ve been a multi-point evening for van Riemsdyk, but his wrist shot went wide of the net deep into the third period. Dangerous versus Edmonton in the previous encounter, van Riemsdyk generated scoring chances from the slot and net front but buried the game-winner in a shootout.
Place Your Bets
Philadelphia Flyers moneyline (+260)
Edmonton Oilers moneyline (-315)
Zach Hyman under 1.5pts (-190)
James van Riemsdyk anytime goalscorer (+280)
You can watch the Philadelphia Flyers battle the Edmonton Oilers on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The radio broadcast is available on 97.5 the Fanatic. The puck drops at 9pm.
(AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)