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Konecny, Lindblom out for Philadelphia; Colorado seeks eight-game point streak

by Rick Sadowski / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (17-8-5) at AVALANCHE (19-8-3)

9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN


The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without forwards Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom when they visit the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.

Konecny, who leads the Flyers with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 30 games, sustained a concussion in a 4-3 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Lindblom, who has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 30 games, has an upper-body injury.

Philadelphia, which has gone 7-1-1 in its past nine games, recalled forward David Kase from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League. Kase, a fifth-round pick (No. 128) in the 2015 NHL Draft who will make his NHL debut, has six points (three goals, three assists) in 21 AHL games this season.

The Avalanche, who are 6-0-1 in their past seven games, will try to extend their point streak to eight. Forward Nazem Kadri will return after missing three games with an upper-body injury.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in his past 11 games.


They said it

"We've got to do what's best for the team. I want balance in the four lines and if I need to make adjustments, I will make them." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"It seems like for the whole first part of the season it's kind of been like one guy in, one guy out or one guy in, two guys out. It's a little bit frustrating to play like that, but we've been doing well." -- Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakob Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Morgan Frost -- Tyler Pitlick

David Kase -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: None

Injured: Travis Konecny (concussion), Oskar Lindblom (upper body), Philippe Myers (back spasms), Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Michael Raffl (broken finger)


Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Andre Burakovsky -- Nazem Kadri -- Joonas Donskoi

Matt Calvert -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Valeri Nichushkin

Matt Nieto -- Tyson Jost -- J.T. Compher

Nikita Zadorov -- Samuel Girard

Ryan Graves -- Ian Cole

Calle Rosen -- Mark Barberio

Pavel Francouz

Adam Werner

Scratched: Vladislav Kamenev

Injured: Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Erik Johnson (lower body), Cale Makar (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)


Status report

Myers is expected to be available against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday or against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. … Makar skated with a no-contact jersey for the second day in a row. He is doubtful to play against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. … The Avalanche recalled Werner from Colorado of the AHL on Wednesday to back up Francouz with Grubauer still out.


Stat pack

Laughton has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games. … Hayes has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past 10 games. … Donskoi has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past five games.

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