Preview: Flyers Visit the Rockies Looking for 10th Straight

What else is there to say other than the Philadelphia Flyers are the hottest team in the NHL right now? The Flyers during this run have gained significant ground in the Eastern Conference and the Metropolitan Division.

Speaking of the Metropolitan Divison, it seems as though everybody has been going streaking as of late. Heading into Wednesday’s set of games not only are the Flyers hot but so are the Columbus Blue Jackets, winners of seven straight, the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of six in a row and the Washington Capitals, winners of five in a row. The New York Rangers were even on their own four-game win streak before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jake Voracek currently sits tied for third in NHL in points with 32 entering tonight's match-up. - Calgary Flames vs Philadelphia Flyers - November 27, 2016 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
Jake Voracek currently sits tied for third in NHL in points with 32 entering tonight’s match-up. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The Metropolitan Division is shaping up to be the toughest in all of hockey as we head towards the halfway mark of the NHL regular season. Thankfully for the Flyers, they have picked up their play during this streak and find themselves in the mix with everybody else. They will look to make it an impressive 10 wins in a row tonight when they face-off against an underachieving Colorado Avalanche team.

The Avalanche find themselves not only at the bottom of their division but also at the bottom of the entire league in points with only 23. The Flyers have had a couple days off now since they last played on Sunday in Detroit, so they should be well-rested and ready to get back at it tonight in Denver.

Philadelphia Flyers at Colorado Avalanche

Pepsi Center – 10 p.m. EST

Broadcast channels – NBCSN, TCN-Philadelphia, 97.5 The Fanatic

2016-17 Season Series: First Meeting

Philadelphia Flyers: 18-10-3 – 39 Points

Road Record: 7-5-1

Hot Players: Brayden Schenn, Jake Voracek, Steve Mason

Key Injuries: Sean Couturier (lower body, suspected left MCL), Michal Neuvirth (IR, knee), Matt Read (IR, abdominal area), Mark Streit (shoulder)

Healthy Scratches: Taylor Leier

Projected lines:


Michael Raffl – Claude Giroux – Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny – Brayden Schenn – Jakub Voracek

Chris VandeVelde – P-E Bellemare – Roman Lyubimov

Nick Cousins – Boyd Gordon – Dale Weise


Ivan Provorov – Andrew MacDonald

Michael Del Zotto – Radko Gudas

Shayne Gostisbehere – Brandon Manning

Starting Goaltender

Steve Mason


Colorado Avalanche: 11-15-1 – 23 Points

Home Record: 4-8-1

Hot Players: Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon

Key Injuries: Erik Johnson (broken fibula), Semyon Varlamov (groin)

Healthy Scratches: Cody Goloubef, Joe Colborne

Projected lines:


Gabriel Landeskog – Nathan MacKinnon – Rene Bourque

Mikko Rantanen – Matt Duchene – Mikhail Grigorenko

Blake Comeau – John Mitchell – Jarome Iginla

Andreas Martinsen – Carl Söderberg – Cody McLeod


Nikita Zadorov – Tyson Barrie

Patrick Wiercioch – Fedor Tyutin

Francois Beauchemin – Eric Gelinas

Starting Goaltender

Calvin Pickard

Game Notes

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]1)[/miptheme_dropcap] The Flyers have good news and bad news entering into tonight’s tilt. The good (great) news is Calder Trophy runner-up Shayne Gostisbehere will return to action tonight after sitting out Sunday’s game due to a hand injury he suffered in Saturday’s game. The bad, veteran defenseman and one of the leading point-producers on their blueline, Mark Streit, will be out for the next two weeks with a shoulder strain.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]2)[/miptheme_dropcap] Looking up from the cellar of the Western Conference, the Avalanche return home tonight, which is usually a good thing for a team. However, the Avalanche have struggled mightily in the Pepsi Center this season with a disappointing 4-8-1 record in from of their home fans. They will surely be looking to come out playing stronger in front of the home crowd.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]3)[/miptheme_dropcap] Steve Mason returns to the net for the Flyers tonight after taking a breather on Sunday in which current backup rookie Anthony Stolarz pitched a shutout in his absence. Mason will be carrying his own seven-game win streak into tonight and will be eager to get back out there and continue their overall streak as the team.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]4)[/miptheme_dropcap] The Avalanche are coming off a win in their last game, a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, that win did not come so easily, as it took an impressive 51 save performance by Semyon Varlamov to come away with the two points. Varlamov, unfortunately, for the Avalanche will not be available tonight due to a groin injury.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]5)[/miptheme_dropcap] Last season the two teams split their season series 1-1, each winning on the road and taking both games into overtime. Also, the Flyers haven’t fared very well, overall, when traveling to Denver as they have an all-time record of 3-6-3 to go along with four ties.