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Philadelphia goes for seventh straight win; Edmonton tries to end three-game losing streak

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

OILERS (23-24-3) at FLYERS (22-23-6)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will go for their seventh straight win when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The streak is Philadelphia's longest since winning 10 in a row from Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2016.

Edmonton, which has lost three straight games (0-3-0), is playing for the first time since its mandatory five-day break after the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.


Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid has 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in his past 15 games.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart, who was named NHL Rookie of the Month for January, is 5-0-0 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in his past five games.


They said it

"One thing I really learned last year playing with a bad shoulder that sometimes it's not fair to the guys or to myself to be out there just to be out there. If I'm going to be out there, I want to be as close to 100 percent as I can be and play my game." -- Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom

"I don't know if there's a lot that's changed. During that streak when things weren't going our way (1-7-2 in 10 games before the winning streak) everyone was staying positive. Not like things were far off during that time. Coming to the rink every day during that span for practice or whatever we had to do, guys were still positive and having fun and that's what contributed to this six-game winning streak." -- Flyers goalie Carter Hart


Oilers projected lineup

Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Ty Rattie

Tobias Rieder -- Leon Draisaitl -- Alex Chiasson

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian

Colby Cave -- Kyle Brodziak -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Brandon Manning -- Kris Russell

Kevin Gravel -- Matt Benning

Cam Talbot

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Alexander Petrovic, Brad Malone

Injured: Andrej Sekera (Achilles), Oscar Klefbom (finger)


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Phil Varone -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Carter Hart

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: Jori Lehtera , Christian Folin , Mike McKenna

Injured: Corban Knight (collarbone), Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body)


Status report

Klefbom could play against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, coach Ken Hitchcock said Saturday. He's missed the past 19 games with a broken finger on his left hand. Koskinen will start in goal against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Sunday. … Gostisbehere practiced Friday and could play against Edmonton after missing the previous three games with a lower-body injury. If he can't play, Folin would return to the lineup.


Stat pack

Draisaitl has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games. … Couturier has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.

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