With 10 games left in their respective regular season schedules and in dire need of a win to stay alive in uphill climbs to earn a wildcard playoff spot, the Flyers and Montreal Canadiens held morning skates on Tuesday in preparation for game at the Wells Fargo Center (7pm, NBCSP & 93.3 WMMR).
GORDON: "It's all contingent of everything remaining the same. It doesn't factor in that teams can go on 3-4 game losing streaks and that dramatically changes on how it can go... Right now we're six points out. If things go our way and we beat Montreal tonight and Columbus loses, we're four points out, so now is it conceivable that the two teams above us could lose 2-3 games in a row and then we win 2 or 3? For me, that's what makes it still a chance [to make playoffs]."
Here are some notes and news from the morning:
* Carter Hart will make his third start this season against Montreal. The first one on Jan. 19 was a dream performance on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. Hart played brilliantly. The second one, on Feb. 21, was a nightmare. Hart suffered a high ankle sprain during warmups but tried to play through it. He lasted only half a period, giving up three goals on nine shots before giving way to Brian Elliott.
* Phil Myers (flu) is a game-time decision, per interim head coach Scott Gordon. If he is unable to play, Andrew MacDonald will return to the Flyers' lineup.
* A strain of the flu is going around many locker rooms in the NHL, including the Flyers'. Ryan Hartman missed Friday's game in Toronto, returning on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Team captain Claude Giroux was significantly under the weather on Sunday but played in the game due its vital importance in the standings. Now Myers and fellow Samuel Morin are the latest to take ill.
* The Flyers power-play has been at the forefront of the news cycle, due to their previous hot streak, which has now gone cold as of late, going scoreless in their last seven games.