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Flyers at Kings preview

Philadelphia goes for sixth win in seven games; Los Angeles has lost four of five

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (22-12-5) at KINGS (16-21-4)

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


The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their sixth win in seven games when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Tuesday.

The Flyers, who won 2-1 against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, are 5-1-0 in their past six and have not won two straight road games since winning three in a row Nov. 21-30 at the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens. Philadelphia is 2-4-0 on the road in December.

The Kings have lost four of five (1-3-1). They are coming off a 3-2 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.


Players to watch

Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, who is 7-3-0 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .909 save percentage in 10 road games, is expected to start for the second straight game.

Kings center Anze Kopitar needs one assist to tie Luc Robitaille (597) for fourth in Kings history.


They said it

"Honestly I don't even pay attention to whether it's home or on the road. You just want to win the next game." -- Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, who is 6-1-0 in his past seven road starts

"We earned a few points that maybe we got away with, and then in Vancouver we probably lost points we probably should've had. It all evens out." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Scott Laughton -- Tyler Pitlick

Joel Farabee -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Philippe Myers, Andy Andreoff, Chris Stewart

Injured: Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli

Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner

Martin Frk -- Jeff Carter -- Nikolai Prokhorkin

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff

Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Kale Clague

Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: None

Injured: Dustin Brown (illness), Joakim Ryan (undisclosed), Trevor Lewis (upper body), Alec Martinez (wrist), Derek Forbort (back)


Status report

Laughton is expected to return after missing seven games with a groin injury. … Brown will miss his third straight game. … The Kings did not practice Tuesday. ... Lewis and Martinez had an on-ice workout after practicing Monday but will not play against the Flyers.


Stat pack

Gostisbehere needs two points for 200 in the NHL. He does not have a point in his past six games. ... Voracek has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Iafallo has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.

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