How great would it be to beat Dave Hakstol again? Flyers at Kraken Preview
The Philadelphia Flyers (12-12-5) take on the Seattle Kraken (10-17-3) and have a chance to start this road trip on a high note. Morgan Frost and Kevin Hayes will re-enter the lineup after coming off the COVID list on Tuesday. You can catch the game at 10 pm (NBCSP).
Flyers COVID-19 protocol updates
The Flyers are still without Scott Laughton, Sean Couturier, Carter Hart, Ryan Ellis, and Derick Brassard, all still on the protocol list. That means Martin Jones is going to have to step up big time if the Flyers want any chance of leaving this four-game road trip with points.
Felix Sandstrom was called up yesterday and will serve as the backup. Jones will most likely get both starts in these back-to-backs, but Mike Yeo did say there’s a possibility that Sandstrom might see action. I’d guess it’ll be Jones tonight and tomorrow against the Sharks, then they’ll reevaluate Carter Harts situation since they don’t have LA until Saturday.
Farabee – Hayes – Konecny
Lindblom – Giroux – Atkinson
JvR – Frost – Mayhew
Willman – Brown – MacEwen
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Connauton
With Couturier still on the protocol list, Hayes will slot in as the top line C next to Farabee and Konecny. I’ve always liked Farabee with Hayes, they have a really good feel for what the other wants to do on the ice.
Hopefully, Farabee and Hayes’ playmaking abilities can get Konecny going goal wise. Konecny, despite having five assists in his last five games, hasn’t scored a goal in 14 games. I feel like we all could agree that we’d love to see him starting putting the puck in the back of the net.
Yeo must’ve really liked what he saw from the Lindblom – Giroux – Atkinson line against Montreal and Ottawa, because he’s sticking with it tonight. I can’t blame him, Lindblom stepped in and has been doing a great job.
Frost and Mayhew have some familiarity with each other after playing on the same line on Phantoms earlier in the season. Slotting JvR, who has been hot lately, next to those two isn’t such a terrible idea. Let us see where that can go.
The fourth line should be fun to watch. Willman, Brown, and MacEwen all have motors that don’t stop running. They’re full speed, in your face, at all times, so I’m excited to see what kind of energy they can create together tonight.
The Flyers are currently underdogs on Parx Sportsbooks at +110 to beat the Kraken tonight. Both teams are missing some key players due to protocols, so if you like the Flyers “upsetting” a 10-17-3 team, here’s your bet.
Can we beat this Hakstol led team again, please?
It would be poetic if the Flyers could beat this team again. They kicked their ass on October 18th at home 6-1, in an entertaining game from start to finish. Being able to watch that blank Hak expression as he smacks on his trident gum on the opposing bench was a beautiful thing to watch.
My initial reaction to Seattle signing Hakstol as head coach was exactly like everyone else’s, pure confusion. Now I realize they knew what route they were taking wayyyyy before that expansion list was released. That front office left names like Tarasenko, Voracek, and Price on the board, and saw Carsen Twarynski’s name and said, “Yes”.
I realize they went the cap space/flexibility route to make future moves via FA and re-signings. They did almost the complete opposite of what the Golden Knights did, but damn man, their highest paid player is 38 year old Mark Giordano.
I’m fully prepared for the Flyers to get steamrolled by Colin Blackwell after talking a little shit there. In all seriousness, I’m extremely excited for Flyers hockey to be back after 11 days without a game. A quick start, giving Jones a nice little lead early, would be really nice.
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