Flyers continue divisional road trip, head to Washington to face the Capitals
After a tough overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers hope to rebound tonight in Washington against the 5-1-4 Capitals. Washington is currently on a two-game skid, dropping games to both the Lightning and the Florida Panthers. Tonight’s game will hopefully be the final matchup before reinforcements are on the way.
Kevin Hayes is eligible to return Wednesday, but it’s not certain yet if he will jump right into play. Meanwhile for Ryan Ellis, AV has yet to rule out a return against the Maple Leafs as well.
In goal tonight for Philadelphia is Martin Jones, who has had a tremendous start to the season. Jones is undefeated with a .941 SV% and has allowed roughly two goals per game through two games.
Patrick Brown is playing tonight for Nicolas Abue-Kubel, who has been ineffective so far this season. Putting Brown in with the fourth line shows they want to go heavier to match up with Washington’s more physical playstyle. One group to keep an eye on is the second line. Through the last five games, they have just three points overall between the three of them and they need to wake up ASAP.
The Flyers were just 2-6 against the Capitals last season, but both of their wins came on the road in Washington. Between Washington’s recent slide and the Flyers’ impressive performance to start the season, it feels like a game Philadelphia can steal on the road.
Prediction: Flyers 5 – Capitals 4
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