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Hart in goal for Philadelphia, set to face Price of Montreal

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

FLYERS (28-25-7) at CANADIENS (32-21-7)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, NBCSP, NHL.TV


The Game

Carter Hart will make his fourth straight start for the Philadelphia Flyers and the rookie will face his boyhood idol, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, at Bell Centre on Thursday.

The Flyers are six points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and 12-2-1 in their past 15 games.

Philadelphia will play its final game before hosting the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Montreal, two points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first wild card from the East, is 1-3-1 in its past five games after a three-game winning streak.


Players to watch

Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart is 10-2-0 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in his past 12 starts.

Montreal goalie Carey Price is 8-3-1 with a 2.04 GAA, .938 save percentage, and one shutout in his past 12 games. He is four wins from tying Jacques Plante (314) for the most in Canadiens history.


They said it

"It's one of my jobs, to be able to produce, and I try not to think too much about it, and thanks for reminding me." -- Flyers forward Claude Giroux about having no points in his past three games

"We all realize we're in a race (to the Stanley Cup Playoffs) right now and it's a race that will likely last until the end of the season. It's hard to say that any one game is more important than any other. That is how we have to approach every game."  -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Phil Varone -- Justin Bailey

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Andrew MacDonald

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Cam Talbot

Injured: Michal Neuvirth (lower body)

Suspended: Radko Gudas


Canadiens projected lineup

Jonathan Drouin -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Paul Byron -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Artturi Lehkonen -- Nate Thompson -- Nicolas Deslauriers

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Mike Reilly -- Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Christian Folin, Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca

Injured: None


Status report

Talbot took part in the morning skate but will not dress. … Gudas will serve the first of his two-game suspension for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday. … Danault returns after missing a 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday when his wife gave birth to their first child.


Stat pack

Couturier has eight points (one goal, seven assists) during a four-game multipoint streak and 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in his past 11 games. He's two assists from 200 in the NHL. … Drouin has no points in five games after having nine (three goals, six assists) during a three-game multipoint streak.

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