AVALANCHE (7-5-0) at FLYERS (7-6-1)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, ALT2, NHL.TV
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said he will be a game-time decision for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Colorado Avalanche at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Gostisbehere has missed the past three games because of an upper-body injury sustained against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 28. Despite the time out of the lineup, he is tied with Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues for first among NHL defensemen with 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 11 games.
Avalanche forwards Rocco Grimaldi and Matt Nieto won't play because of illness. Coach Jared Bednar said the lineup will have 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Players to watch
Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past nine games.
Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov has averaged at least 27 minutes of ice time the past four games. He tied a Flyers record against the Blues on Thursday with 10 blocked shots.
They said it
"With seven [defensemen] it's going to be a little bit of a blender back there tonight. But we'll start [Mark] Barberio playing with [Erik] Johnson a little bit. We have some analytics that say the time they've spent together has been pretty good. They played well together last year, so we're going to work that out as much as we can." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar
"I feel good. I feel like I'm ready to go. We'll see tonight." -- Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere
Avalanche projected lineup
Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen
Nail Yakupov -- Matt Duchene -- Sven Andrighetto
Gabriel Bourque -- Carl Soderberg -- Blake Comeau
A.J. Greer -- Alexander Kerfoot
Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson
Patrik Nemeth -- Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov -- Anton Lindholm
Scratched: Chris Bigras
Injured: Rocco Grimaldi (illness), Matt Nieto (illness), J.T. Compher (hand), Tyson Jost (lower body), Colin Wilson (hip)
Flyers projected lineup
Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek
Travis Konecny -- Valtteri Filppula -- Wayne Simmonds
Jordan Weal -- Jori Lehtera -- Dale Weise
Taylor Leier -- Scott Laughton -- Michael Raffl
Ivan Provorov -- Robert Hagg
Brandon Manning -- Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim -- Mark Alt
Scratched: Matt Read, Will O'Neill
Injured: Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Nolan Patrick (upper body), Radko Gudas (upper body)
With Nieto and Grimaldi out, Bourque will play after missing the two previous games because of an upper-body injury. … Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said there will be seven defensemen on the ice for warmups but he'll have six in the lineup. Patrick took part in some of the morning skate wearing a yellow no-contact jersey.
MacKinnon has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past two games. Rantanen has three goals in the past two games. … Giroux has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games.