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Preview: Flyers at Ducks

Goaltender Anthony Stolarz to start for Philadelphia; Anaheim looks for strong effort at home

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

FLYERS (20-14-4) at DUCKS (18-12-8)



Flyers team scope

The Philadelphia Flyers have lost three straight games and are 1-4-1 following a 10-game winning streak. They'll end a four-game road trip at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday with goalie Anthony Stolarz likely to start in place of Steve Mason, who injured his hand in a 2-0 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Friday. Mason's injury doesn't appear to be serious; he practiced Saturday. Stolarz has won each of his two starts this season and has a 1.79 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. "Just practicing every day with the guys and getting the time I have, I think I've adapted fairly well," Stolarz told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday. "For me, it's going out there and whenever I get the opportunity, I just want to show I can play at this high level." Mason has started 20 of the Flyers' past 22 games since Michal Neuvirth injured his left knee on Nov. 12. Philadelphia did not have a morning skate.


Ducks team scope

The Ducks, 1-1-3 in their past five games, will play eight of their next 10 games at Honda Center, where they are 10-4-2. "You have to win those games to take advantage of it," coach Randy Carlyle said. "And we know there's a little bit more practice time. We'll have some more time at home, and hopefully our group is prepared to come to practice and, again, get better." Carlyle dressed seven defensemen in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Friday and said he may do so again Sunday. Should Carlyle opt for the usual grouping of 12 forwards and six defensemen, defenseman Korbinian Holzer likely would be the scratch in favor of top defense prospect Brandon Montour. Defenseman Shea Theodore was sent to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Sunday. "We made a decision based upon that we're pretty much all healthy, we're only going to carry one extra defenseman," Carlyle said. "We know [Theodore] will be back. It's not a question of if, it's just when. And it gives us an opportunity to take a longer look at Montour here, who was recalled. … Kind of get more up to speed on where he's at in his development."


Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Travis Konecny -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Nick Cousins -- Sean Couturier -- Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Michael Del Zotto -- Brandon Manning

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Anthony Stolarz

Steve Mason

Scratched: Boyd Gordon, Roman Lyubimov

Injured: Michal Neuvirth (knee), Mark Streit (shoulder), Radko Gudas (upper body)


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Joseph Cramarossa -- Logan Shaw -- Jared Boll

Cam Fowler -- Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Kevin Bieksa -- Brandon Montour

John Gibson

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Nate Thompson (achilles), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms), Clayton Stoner (lower body)


Status report

The Flyers sent forward Taylor Leier to Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Sunday to make room for Read (oblique), who was activated off injured reserve and will return. … Konecny, who took line rushes in practice Saturday, also will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Friday. … Vatanen, who missed the past three games with the flu, was on the ice for the morning skate and confirmed he will play. 


Who's hot

Kesler has three assists in three games. … Silfverberg has three goals in four games. … Vermette has one goal and three assists in four games.


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