Flyers-Coyotes preview: Hart returns in goal


the Leaflets are back home after a three-game road trip to California over the holidays. During this trip, Samuel Ersson took center stage in the absence of Carter Hartearning the first three wins of his NHL career.

For Thursday’s return to the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers also get their top goalie back. Hart will return to the crease as the Flyers face Arizona Coyotes.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team leaders

Philadelphia Flyers generalist g A P Arizona Coyotes generalist g A P
Travis Konecny 32 19 18 37 Clayton Keller 36 14 22 36
Kevin Hayes 37 9 23 32 Shayne Gostisbehere 36 9 17 26
Tony DeAngelo 33 7 15 22 Lawson Crouse 35 14 8 22
Owen Tippet 33 12 8 20 Matias Macelli 30 3 19 22
Joel Farabee 38 7 13 20 Jakob Chychrun 20 5 13 18

Travis Konecny stayed hot as he extended his point streak to six games with a goal and an assist at Anaheim on Monday. Konecny ​​has nine goals in his last 10 games and is also on a four-game goal streak.

Clayton Keller has calmed down a bit since a four-game point streak in mid-December that included a hat trick against the Flyers among the seven points he recorded. In his last five games, he has registered two goals and four assists.

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Carter Hart returns to the fold for the first time since being injured Dec. 23 in relief against the Carolina Hurricanes. Hart made six saves on seven shots that night and was injured on the play in which he allowed the only goal. In his last start on Dec. 22, Hart made 30 saves on 34 shots against Toronto.

Karel Vejmelka took the loss in his last start, allowing five goals on 37 shots to the Florida Panthers. Vejmelka also allowed five goals on 35 shots on New Year’s Eve against the Tampa Bay Lightning. His last victory came on December 29 against Toronto, making 29 saves on 32 shots.

Projected compositions

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Scratch flyers: Sean Couturier (injury), Tanner Laczynski (injury), Justin Braun (healthy), Kieffer Bellows (healthy)

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Coyote scratches: Liam O’Brien (injury), Matias Maccelli (injury)

Composition Notes

  • Circulars: The Flyers on loan Felix Sandstrom to the Phantoms as part of a conditioning mission. Kieffer Bellows has been called up, but will be the extra striker.
  • Coyote: No changes are expected in Arizona’s roster. They will use 11 forwards and seven defenders.

Game Notes

  • Power play: Flyers (30th), Coyotes (20th)
  • Penalty kill: Flyers (21st), Coyotes (26th)
  • Recent History vs. Coyotes
    • December 11, 2022 – Coyotes 5, Flyers 4 (F/OT) (at ARI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Coyotes
    • James van Riemsdyk: 18 GP, 7 B, 7 A, 14 P
    • Scott Laughton: 11 GP, 5 G, 1 A, 6 P
    • Kevin Hayes: 14 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P
    • Travis Konecny: 11GP, 2G, 6A, 8P
    • Carter Hart: 3 GP, 1-1-1, 3.41 GAA, 0.886 SV%

where to watch
Television: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: Circular distribution network

Kevin Durso is the Flyers Insider for 97.3 ESPN and the Flyers Editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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