What to Watch: Flyers-Capitals Preview
The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals are gearing up for tonight’s Sunday matchup, but this is no ordinary home game for the Flyers. Flyers fans are finally allowed back into the Wells Fargo Center after almost a year of no attendance (the last game with fans being March 10, 2020). If you are attending tonight’s game, make sure you check out what’s new for fans when attending a hockey game during Covid-19.
The Flyers’ Last Game
Yesterday, March 6, 2021, the Flyers lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 with Brian Elliott in net. Winning just 1 in 3 games in Pittsburgh, the Fly Boys will be coming home hunting for another win. With the East division as close as it is, the Flyers’ tie with Pittsburgh for that fourth spot makes getting two points tonight against the Capitals even more crucial.
Flyers vs. Capitals this Season
The last time the Flyers played the Capitals was on February 7, 2021, in Washington. Carter Hart was in goal and the Flyers won in an exciting 7-4 victory. Sean Couturier had a 3 point game (2g and 1a) and Scott Laughton scored his first career hat-trick (3g). The two teams were supposed to meet again on February 9, 2021, but the game was postponed due to covid-19 restrictions.
The Capitals are coming into tonight’s game with a 13-6-4 record and 30pts, they currently sit in the 2nd spot in the East. The Flyers have played two fewer games than the Capitals and sport a 12-6-3 record with 27pts.
The Flyers will be missing both Raffl and Myers tonight due to injuries. Raffl is unlikely to play after blocking a shot with his right hand in yesterday’s game against the Penguins, and the nature of Myers’ injury is still undisclosed.
The two star forwards of the last Flyers-Caps match-up are projected to play on the 1st and 2nd lines tonight. The first and second lines are expected to look as follows, 1st: JVR- Couturier– Farabee, 2nd: Laughton– Hayes- Konecny.
Travis Konecny was without a point the last time these two teams played one another but has had 4 pts in his last two and should be expected to turn that into a three game point streak tonight.
Carter Hart is projected to start in goal tonight for the Flyers. This season has not been the best for the 22-year-old, he has a record of 6-4-3, a 3.49 GAA, and a .893 SV%. Hopefully, this game will shake something up for the young goaltender, his record during the regular season at home last season was 20-3-2, 1.63 GAA, and .945 SV%, and with fans in attendance, tonight will be the first game since last season that actually feels like a true home game.
The game against Washington will take place tonight at 7:00 pm EST.
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