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Stolarz starts for Philadelphia; Minnesota has two wins in past six at home

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

FLYERS (25-24-7) at WILD (27-24-5)

8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NBCSP, NHL.TV


The Game

Goalie Anthony Stolarz will start for the Philadelphia Flyers when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

The Flyers, who lost 4-1 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, are 9-1-1 in their past 11 games and have outscored opponents 39-26 in that span. They were 1-7-2 in their previous 10 games. 

Goalie Devan Dubnyk is expected to start for Minnesota, which is 1-3-2 in its past six games and begins a four-game homestand. The Wild have two wins in their past six home games (2-3-1) and are 13-10-4 at home this season. 


Players to watch

Flyers forward Sean Couturier has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games and 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in his past 14. 

Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games, which is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen since Jan. 12.


They said it

"We (have) to forget [a 4-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday] quick and focus on [Minnesota]. Like I said, we just need to play the same way and you know, and good things will happen." -- Flyers forward Sean Couturier

"I don't understand it. Ever since I've been here, playing at home has been a huge advantage for us. For whatever reason, we haven't been able to do that this year. [Tonight is] a huge opportunity to try to get that going. I think if we get some momentum at home, it'll really snowball for us. We need to start that now." -- Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk


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

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Anthony Stolarz

Carter Hart

Scratched: Philippe Myers, Justin Bailey, Mike McKenna

Injured: Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body)

Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Mikael Granlund -- Charlie Coyle

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Jordan Greenway

Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Luke Kunin

Kyle Rau -- Victor Rask -- Eric Fehr

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Anthony Bitetto

Nick Seeler -- Greg Pateryn

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Brad Hunt, Matt Hendricks

Injured: Matt Dumba (upper body), Mikko Koivu (knee), Pontus Aberg (lower body)


Status report

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate. The Wild held an optional skate.


Stat pack

Voracek has nine points (three goals, six assists) in a seven-game point streak and 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in his past 14 games. … Giroux has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past six games. … Staal has no points in his past five games after getting seven points (three goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.  … Dubnyk is 4-3-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in his past eight starts.

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