Preview: Flyers @ Blues, Looking for first road win of 2022
The St. Louis Blues will host the Philadelphia Flyers in a 8PM, ESPN+ exclusive matchup tonight. Backup Martin Jones will get the start as the Flyers look for their first road win in 2022. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Flyers’ projected Lineup:
James van Riemsdyk — Joel Farabee — Cam Atkinson
Max Willman — Kevin Hayes — Travis Konecny
Hayden Hodgson — Morgan Frost — Owen Tippett
Travis Sanheim — Rasmus Ristolainen
A New Era
It’s no secret that ever since the Claude Giroux trade this lineup is a skeleton of an already terrible team. St. Louis is currently in 2nd place in the central division and are in a tight seeding battle with the Minnesota Wild.
The Blues haven’t been playing up to their normal standards this month so expect this to be the game everything clicks for them. Whenever teams see Philadelphia on the schedule they know it’s an automatic momentum boost.
All jokes aside, it’s sort of refreshing to see the Flyers rip the bandaid off and commit to icing a young and inexperienced squad. Fletcher made note in his press conference that players like Morgan Frost and Cam York were going to see ice time in big spots with the leash extended. Joel Farabee and Travis Konecny were challenged to take on larger leadership roles.
Fletcher said that Tippett and Frost had “paid their dues” as third-year pros. It is best for both to see what they can do at the NHL level. #Flyers https://t.co/m45JSyd8cB— Kevin Durso (@Kevin_Durso) March 21, 2022
Owen Tippett has been impressive in his two games and on the surface appears to be a nice fit with Frost. Hayden Hodgson will also slot in for his debut tonight.
Transaction: We have recalled forward Hayden Hodgson on emergency conditions from the @LVPhantoms (AHL).— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 23, 2022
@96_hodgson will wear #42 and be available for #PHIvsSTL on Thursday at 8PM ET (@ESPN+ and @975TheFanatic). pic.twitter.com/OXcvNEfIkg
Bobby Brink and Denver University will be competing tonight at 9PM on ESPNU. You can watch a stream by logging onto the ESPN app/website, and expect Bobby Brink to be in Philadelphia soon.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Flyers