FLYERS (28-25-7) at CANADIENS (32-21-7)
7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, NBCSP, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Christian Folin, Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca
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.
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.