Flyers vs. Blues: Preview, Odds, and How to Watch

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Flyers' Joel Farabee and Sam Ersson
Philadelphia Flyers’ Samuel Ersson, left, and Joel Farabee celebrate after the Flyers won an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers (32-23-7) got ahead of the Ottawa Senators and survived a strong push in the third period. A win, 4-2, helped avoid a season sweep versus the Senators, making the Flyers 2-3-0 in their last five games.

Tonight, the St. Louis Blues (31-26-3) visit the Wells Fargo Center. On January 15th, Philadelphia defeated the Blues, 4-2, to extend their, at the time, winning streak to four games. Owen Tippett scored the game-winner.

Will John Tortorella coach his lineup to a season sweep of St. Louis?

St. Louis Blues

The Blues are 2-2-1 in their last five games, most recently defeating the Minnesota Wild, 3-1. Following the win, Drew Bannister echoed similar sentiments about his team that we’ve heard from Tortorella:

“By no means do I think we played our best, but we found a way to win in the end. That’s an important game for us, an important two points, and we got to build momentum off of this, going on to the road.

Drew Bannister; 3/2/2024

Jordan Kyrou, versus the Wild, was pestered by Jake Middleton, who blocked a shot on goal and recorded a hit on Kyrou. Kyrou recorded three shots, including a snapshot in close on Marc-Andre Fleury on a five-on-three. St. Louis will need to create more space for Kyrou, who has four assists in his last five games. In January versus the Flyers, Kyrou notched an assist and was a little more dangerous below the hash marks with a wrist shot or deflection opportunities. Additionally, he drew a boarding penalty on Sean Walker, which turned into an Oskar Sundqvist powerplay goal.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the St. Louis Blues:

Buchnevich-Thomas-Kyrou
Bolduc-Schenn-Neighbours
Saad-Hayes-Toropchenko
Walker-Sundqvist-Kapanen

Leddy-Parayko
Krug-Faulk
Scandella-Perunovich

Binnington
(Hofer)

Philadelphia Flyers

Sam Ersson will start. Marc Staal likely remains in the lineup, meaning Ronnie Attard will oversee this tilt between Philadelphia and the Blues.

“It’s hard when guys sit out because you feel like you’re on the outside. So, we tried to include him [Staal] in the meetings. He is, even during that time, mentoring off the ice with some of the guys. I told him right along, I said, ‘eventually, we’re going to need you.’ I wasn’t going to come off as far as developing the kids, but eventually, we’re going to need you. That’s what’s happened here, now.”

John Tortorella; 3/4/2024

Joel Farabee put the Flyers on the scoreboard before Tyson Foerster put Ottawa on ice. Farabee withstood hits from Ridly Greig, Jakob Chychrun, and Mathieu Joseph, but tipped a shot by Nick Seeler past Mads Sogaard below the hash marks. The deflection goal versus the Senators gives Farabee two points (1G, 1A) in his last five games. He scored an empty-net goal against St. Louis in January. Farabee was very active with the puck, jumping in on the rush, and generating rebound opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:

Farabee-Laughton-Foerster
Tippett-Frost-Atkinson
Cates-Poehling-Hathaway
Deslauriers-Couturier-Brink

York-Sanheim
Seeler-Walker
Staal-Zamula

Ersson
(Sandstrom)

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Game Information

You can see the Philadelphia Flyers host the St. Louis Blues at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30pm. The telecast is available on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and the radio broadcast can be heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)