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Stolarz to start with Philadelphia eyeing ninth consecutive victory; Los Angeles seeks third win in row

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

KINGS (22-27-4) at FLYERS (24-23-6)

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


The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will go for their ninth straight win when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Flyers, who have outscored opponents 30-17 during their winning streak, have not had as many consecutive victories since they won 10 in a row from Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2016.  

Goalie Anthony Stolarz will start for Philadelphia, which trails the Columbus Blue Jackets by seven points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Kings, seeking their third straight victory, are 6-6-1 in their past 13 games and in last place in the Western Conference, but six points behind the Vancouver Canucks for the second wild card.


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has nine points (three goals, six assists) in a season-long five-game point streak.

Flyers center Sean Couturier has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games.


They said it

"We've been able to generate a little bit of momentum here coming off two wins. Really at the end of the day it doesn't matter unless we bring it tonight. We've got a tough task ahead of us." -- Kings defenseman Alec Martinez

"They do a really good job of getting above the puck and not making it easy to go from your end to their end. They make sure you have to go through numbers to get into their zone. ... We can't be stubborn and not get pucks in behind them. If the ice is available behind them we have to take that ice and not get ourselves in a 1-on-1 situation where we're going to turn the puck over." -- Flyers coach Scott Gordon


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Brendan Leipsic -- Michael Amadio -- Tyler Toffoli

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Austin Wagner

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Oscar Fantenberg -- Paul LaDue

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Dion Phaneuf, Matt Luff

Injured: Trevor Lewis (foot), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Jeff Carter (lower body)


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Phil Varone

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Andrew MacDonald -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Anthony Stolarz

Carter Hart

Scratched: Christian Folin, Mike McKenna

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


Status report

Brodzinski took part in the morning skate in a non-contact jersey. ... Forward Jori Lehtera, placed on waivers by the Flyers on Wednesday, was assigned to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Thursday.


Stat pack

Toffoli has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past four games. ... Voracek has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his past 11 games. … van Riemsdyk has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past 10 games.

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