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Preseason Gameday Preview: Flyers vs. Capitals

In the third of six games on their preseason schedule, Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia Flyers will host Peter Laviolette's Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday evening.

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

In the third of six games on their preseason schedule, Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia Flyers will host Peter Laviolette's Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday evening. 

Game time is 7:00 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised on NBCSP+.

The Flyers are 0-1-1 in the exhibition season to date.

On Tuesday, the host Flyers lost in overtime, 3-2, to the New York Islanders. Carter Hart was strong in goal for two periods, and Philadelphia received tallies from Egor Zamula and Maksim Sushko. On Thursday, an undermanned Flyers team lost on the road, 4-2, to a Boston Bruins team that started most of its regular NHL lineup. Joel Farabee scored first period and third period power play goals to account for both Flyers tallies.

On Friday, the Flyers practiced with their potential opening night roster during the day's "Group A" session at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees. The same line combinations and power play units have held through the first week of training camp.Prospect forward Elliot Desnoyers was an extra skater with Friday's main group. On Saturday, the Flyes will start their regulars against the Capitals. 

Martin Jones, who took the loss in Thursday's game while playing the first 30 minutes of the game, will get the start in net against the Capitals. He is slated to play the entire game. Carter Hart will play on Monday when the Flyers host the Bruins.

28 Claude Giroux - 14 Sean Couturier - 11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk - 48 Morgan Frost - 86 Joel Farabee
23 Okar Lindblom - 19 Derick Brassard - 89 Cam Atkinson
21 Scott Laughton - 44 Nate Thompson - 62 Nic Aube-Kubel
Extra forward: 73 Elliot Desnoyers

9 Ivan Provorov - 94 Ryan Ellis
6 Travis Sanheim - 70 Rasmus Ristolainen
3 Keith Yandle - 61 Justin Braun

35 Martin Jones
[32 Felix Sandström]

PP1: Giroux, JVR, Couturier, Konecny, Yandle.
PP2: Farabee, Brassard/Frost, Atkinson, Ristolainen, Provorov

Tonight's Opponent: Washington Capitals

The Capitals are 0-1-1 in the preseason to date. This past Sunday, the Capitals dropped a 3-2 game at the Capital One Center via shootout to Boston. On Wednesday, the Caps sustained a 5-4 regulation home loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Washington's fourth line trio of Carl Hagelin, Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway did not dress in either of the previous two preseason games. They will appear against the Flyers.

Laviolette wants to take an extended look this preseason at defenseman Martin Fehervary. Look for him to be in the lineup for this game. Other players likely to dress against the Flyers include 20-year-old Belarusian forward prospect Aliaksei Protas, 23-year-old Swedish left winger Axel Jonsson-Fjällby (whose long flowing hair makes him quickly recognizable on the ice) and huge-framed (6-foot-5, 210-pound) 23-year-old right winger Brett Leason.

Ilya Samsonov will get the start in goal for the Capitals. He is expected to play the full game. 

Many of Washington's top players are not expected to make the trip to Philadelphia for this game. Among those not slated to dress are Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Bäckström,John Carlson, T.J. Oshie, and Dmitry Orlov. However, forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson and Anthony Mantha as well as defensemen Justin Schultz and Nick Jensen are on the game-day roster for the Caps. So, too, is defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (brother of Flyers' left winger James). 

Capitals Gameday Roster

Forwards
10 Daniel Sprong
21 Garnet Hathaway
23 Mike Sgarbossa
26 Nic Dowd
39 Anthony Mantha
40 Garrett Pilon
43 Tom Wilson
45 Axel Jonsson-Fjällby
49 Brett Leason
59 Aliaksei Protas
62 Carl Hagelin
73 Conor Sheary
91 Joe Snively
92 Evgeny Kuznetsov

Defensemen
2 Justin Schultz
3 Nick Jensen
6 Michal Kempny
27 Alex Alexeyev 
42 Martin Fehervary
46 Tobias Geisser
57 Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltenders
1 Pheonix Copley
30 Ilya Samsonov

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