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Philadelphia seeks sixth consecutive win; Arizona eyes eighth victory in 13

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

COYOTES (16-9-4) at FLYERS (16-7-5)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers look to extend their winning streak to a season-long six games when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Flyers have won five consecutive games and are 6-0-1 in their past seven, outscoring opponents 28-13 during their point streak. They also are 7-0-4 in their past 11 home games.

The Coyotes, 7-3-2 in their past 12 games, trail the first-place Edmonton Oilers by one point in the Pacific Division.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Christian Dvorak has five points (two goals, three assists) to tie a personal NHL-best four-game point streak.

Flyers center Kevin Hayes has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.

 

They said it

"They're the No. 1 face-off team. They're in the dot as good as any team. ... If you're getting six, seven more possessions, or for us three or four more possessions in your own end, that means a lot in the game over 82 games. So I think on the dot, that's the struggles that we're going to have against them because I think they're the best face-off team in the League." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on Philadelphia, which leads the NHL with a 54.1 face-off winning percentage

"I'm still going to, in my mind anyway, continue have a four-line rotation because Scott Laughton can play in the middle, Kevin Hayes, [Claude Giroux] can play in the middle, I think I'll be able to put one of those guys in every fourth time and continue with that four-line rotation that gives us good pace, good tempo, and that's what we're going to need tonight." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault on using 11 forwards and seven defensemen

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Phil Kessel

Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Aaron Ness, Barrett Hayton, Michael Chaput

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Mikhail Vorobyev

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Michael Raffl (finger)

 

Status report

Each team held an optional morning skate. ... Patrick, who has not played this season, skated for the fourth straight day and seventh time in the past eight days. ... Vorobyev, a center, was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Wednesday when Raffl was placed on long-term injured reserve but will not play.

 

Stat pack

Goligoski has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games. … Stepan needs one assist for 300 in the NHL. ... Giroux has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 16 games against Arizona. … Voracek has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games.

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