MONTREAL -- The Philadelphia Flyers' recent hot streak has revived their hopes of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they've still got a lot of ground to make up as they get ready to face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.
Philadelphia (23-22-8) is 5-0-1 in its past six games, including a 3-1 win at the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The Flyers are in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division with 54 points, nine points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild-card spot.
"We have big faith in our dressing room that we can make this push," Philadelphia right wing Wayne Simmonds said after the morning skate. "We didn't start off the season the way we wanted to. We've been flirting with .500 the whole year but we've been playing our best hockey lately and that's what you want. So we've just got to continue to play good hockey and hopefully the cards fall our way and we win our hockey games."
The Flyers will have their final opportunity to claim a standings point against Montreal, which won the previous two games.
"We're competing a lot harder. We're competing on every little play," Simmonds said. "We know this is our last chance. I think we've got to win probably 75 to 80 percent of our games going down the stretch. It's a long hill to climb but we've come back from a lot before and we think we can do it again."
Goalie Ray Emery will start for the Flyers; starting goaltender Steve Mason will be out two to three weeks because of a lower-body injury.
Flyers coach Craig Berube said creating second chances is going to be a key in their approach to facing Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who has won 15 of his past 19 starts.
"We know we have to put a lot of pucks on net but we need to shoot smart," Berube said. "Shooting for rebounds will be very important tonight."
Philadelphia has one power-play goal in its past three games but remains one of the top teams in the NHL with the man-advantage. The Flyers have scored 41 goals in 173 power-play opportunities and rank third in the League with a 23.7-percent success rate.
Montreal has taken one minor penalty in its past two games, including none in a 3-1 win at the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
"It's something that I think we're just aware of, that you can't win if you're an undisciplined team, especially us," Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher said. "We're a team that likes to roll four lines and get everyone involved, and when you're taking too many penalties it takes a lot of the guys out of the game. So for us to stay disciplined has been big for us. It helps us kind of keep the push on and gain momentum and we've been able to do that of late and hopefully it continues."
Montreal center David Desharnais was named the NHL Third Star of the Week on Monday. Desharnais has one goal and six assists in his past four games.
Here are the projected lineups:
Brayden Schenn - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger - Scott Laughton - Ryan White
Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Vincent Lecavalier
Nick Schultz - Mark Streit
Andrew MacDonald - Nicklas Grossman
Michael Del Zotto - Luke Schenn
Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo
Suspended: Zac Rinaldo
Injured: Braydon Coburn (lower body), Steve Mason (lower body), Michael Raffl (illness)
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Dale Weise
Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust - Lars Eller - Jiri Sekac
Michael Bournival - Jacob De La Rose - Christian Thomas
Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu - Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Emelin - Tom Gilbert
Scratched: Manny Malhotra, Mike Weaver
Injured: PA Parenteau (concussion)
Status report: Stolarz, 21, took part in the morning skate and will back up Emery. The 6-foot-6 goalie was recalled Monday from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. Berube said he had not seen Stolarz play much but will use him if necessary. "He's a big guy and he's got good ability in net," Berube said. "He's a first-year kid in the League so they always have a lot of things to learn, for sure, coming out of junior." … Parenteau had light contact during drills as he skated alone before his teammates.
Who's hot: Simmonds has three goals and two assists in his past five games. … Weise has three goals and two assists in his past three games.