Preview: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vancouver Canucks
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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vancouver Canucks
7:00 PM – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Projected Line Combinations
Tye McGinn – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl – Brayden Schenn – Wayne Simmonds
Maxime Talbot – Sean Couturier – Matt Read
Kris Newbury – Adam Hall – Zac Rinaldo
Kimmo Timonen – Erik Gustafsson
Braydon Coburn – Nicklas Grossmann
Mark Streit – Luke Schenn
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Mike Santorelli
Christopher Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Jannik Hansen
David Booth – Brad Richardson – Dale Weise
Tom Sestito – Jordan Schroeder – Zack Kassian
Jason Garrison – Kevin Bieksa
Dan Hamhuis – Chris Tanev
Ryan Stanton – Yannick Weber
Philadelphia Flyers Three Questions
1) Despite the loss, the Flyers delivered their best even strength performance of the season on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, carrying play against one of the better 5v5 squads in the NHL. Does Philadelphia’s success carry over into tonight’s game against yet another strong even strength team?
2) Brayden Schenn found instant chemistry with new linemate Michael Raffl and Wayne Simmonds on Saturday as well, resulting in a dominant performance (+13 Corsi For). Can Schenn sustain this level of success?
3) Each new member of the Flyers lineup (Tye McGinn, Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson) impressed on Saturday. Can they all continue to make their cases to stick with the lineup long-term?
Philadelphia Player to Watch: Erik Gustafsson
Not only did Gustafsson have an impressive season debut on Saturday, he also served to elevate the play of Kimmo Timonen, who had struggled in the early season. Gustafsson adds both offense and speed to the back-end, but is still raw in terms of positioning. Timonen’s cerebral style of play should balance out Gustafsson’s more risky positional play, but bigger forwards could wear down the pairing with long, sustained forechecks. Pay attention to whether the pairing’s offensive ability outweigh possible defensive shortcomings.
Vancouver Player to Watch: Mike Santorelli
The list of players to have career-best offensive seasons on a line with the Sedin twins is long: Anson Carter, Taylor Pyatt, Alexandre Burrows. But Mike Santorelli might be the most unlikely candidate yet. A 27-year old forward hailing from Vancouver, Santorelli was essentially signed for AHL depth this July. But two weeks into the season, and the player who looked destined for Quad-A status only months ago has scored four goals in six games and is now on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Keep an eye out tonight for one of the early season’s biggest surprises.