Flyers Gameday Preview: Colorado Avalanche – 12/13/22

Tonight’s contest is the third of a four-game road trip for the Philadelphia Flyers (9-13-7) as they take on the Colorado Avalanche (14-10-2). The Flyers are coming off Sunday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes and will be looking to earn their first road win since they beat the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 5. The Avalanche are without Nathan MacKinnon, who is expected to be out a few more weeks with an upper-body injury suffered in the last meeting with the Flyers on Dec. 5.

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Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Flyers emerged victorious in that game, 5-3, and Kevin Hayes and Scott Laughton each finished with two assists. Here’s our gameday preview.

Philadelphia Flyers Projected Lines


James van Riemsdyk – Morgan Frost – Owen Tippett

Hayes – Noah Cates – Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee – Laughton – Zack MacEwen

Nicolas Deslauriers – Lukas Sedlak – Patrick Brown


Ivan Provorov – Rasmus Ristolainen

Travis Sanheim – Justin Braun

Nick Seeler – Cam York


Carter Hart – Felix Sandstrom

Flyers Unable to Contain Keller in Overtime Loss to Coyotes

Clayton Keller earned his first career hat trick during the Coyotes’ 5-4 overtime win on Dec. 11 and continues to establish himself as one of the league’s brightest young stars. The Flyers had good offensive performances from van Riemsdyk and Frost, who each had one goal and three assists, but it was not enough to secure a victory.

The combination of van Riemsdyk-Frost-Tippett proved to be the difference-maker for the Flyers’ offense. Head coach John Tortorella commented on Frost following the game: “It’s pretty simple. We’re certainly not trying to turn him into a checker. We need to see more offense out of him. If he can’t bring us offense, I’m not sure where it all goes for him.” Despite the demand for more offense, Frost only has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 28 games this season.

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According to Giana Han of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Konecny credited Frost’s ability following the loss, saying, “He just hasn’t had the bounces. If he plays like that, he’s got a lot of skill – I knew it was just a matter of time.” The team needs more production overall as they rank 30th, averaging 2.41 goals for per game (GF/GP), and would benefit from steady offense from players such as Frost, Farabee, and Tippett.

Colorado Avalanche Projected Lines


Artturi Lehkonen – Mikko Rantanen – Valeri Nichushkin

Andrew Cogliano – JT Compher – Logan O’Connor

Charles Hudon  – Ben Meyers – Jean-Luc Foudy

Dryden Hunt – Alex Newhook – Jacob MacDonald


Samuel Girard – Cale Makar

Devon Toews – Erik Johnson

Brad Hunt – Andreas Englund


Alexandar Georgiev – Pavel Francouz

Rantanen Nets Hat Trick for Avalanche in Latest Win

Rantanen continues to lead the Avalanche while they have been missing key players like MacKinnon and Nichushkin. He has five goals in his last five contests, including three against the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 11. Nichushkin returned recently after undergoing ankle surgery in November and is critical to the club’s success in a competitive Central Division.

Related: Mikko Rantanen: Avalanche’s Rising Star?

Before their latest win, the Avalanche lost four consecutive games but will try to build on the victory against the Blues to get back on a winning streak. Head coach Jared Bednar commented on their recent victory: “I liked our competitiveness all night. It wasn’t the perfect game from us by any stretch, but I did like the way we competed. The way we stuck with it. I think everyone was emotionally invested in the game.”

Players To Watch

Philadelphia Flyers –  Carter Hart

Tortorella has started Hart in 22 of 29 contests, and Hart has not had a rest since the Nov. 26 loss to the New York Islanders. He is tied with Igor Shesterkin and Jordan Binnington for the most games played among goaltenders but has remained solid for the Flyers despite not receiving much support from the offense.

Colorado Avalanche – Mikko Rantanen

Rantanen has been outstanding for the Avalanche and is coming off a hat trick against the Blues. It will be a challenge for the Flyers to limit his offensive chances this evening.

Tonight’s game has a 9 PM ET start time and will be broadcast on NBCSP.

*Flyers lines from @giana_jade on Twitter. Avalanche lines from @Peter_Baugh on Twitter.

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