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St. Louis eyes team record of 10 straight home wins; Philadelphia without injured goalie Hart

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (24-16-6) at BLUES (30-10-7)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS


The Game

The St. Louis Blues can break their record for most consecutive home wins when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.

The Blues have won nine straight on home ice, tying a previous record set Jan. 26-Feb. 26, 1991, while outscoring opponents 36-15. St. Louis can sweep a homestand of at least five games for the first time in its history with a victory.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart will miss 2-3 weeks with a right lower abdominal strain sustained in practice Tuesday. Brian Elliott will start against the Blues and Alex Lyon was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions to be the backup.

The Flyers have points in three of their past four games (2-1-1), including a 6-5 shootout win against the Boston Bruins on Monday after trailing 5-2. Assistant Mike Yeo returns to St. Louis for the first time since he was fired as Blues coach Nov. 19, 2018.


Players to watch

Flyers center Sean Couturier has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past six games. 

Blues forward Alexander Steen has six points (three goals, three assist) in his past five games after having six assists in his first 26 games of the season.


They said it

"It's tough losing a guy like that. You never want to see an injury, but for that to happen at this time when we're going into [the NHL All-Star] break is probably the best-case scenario." -- Flyers forward Travis Konecny on goalie Carter Hart

"They can score goals, they've got some really good young defensemen. They activate really well offensively, jump up the play a lot, aggressive team." -- Blues coach Craig Berube


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Scott Laughton -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Tyler Pitlick -- Connor Bunnaman -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg -- Mark Friedman

Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

Scratched: None

Injured: Carter Hart (abdominal strain), Nolan Patrick (migraine), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma), Justin Braun (groin), Shayne Gostisbehere (knee)


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Oskar Sundqvist

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Ivan Barbashev

Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Niko Mikkola -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

Jake Allen

Scratched: Carl Gunnarsson, Troy Brouwer, Jordan Kyrou

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Colton Parayko (upper body), Sammy Blais (wrist)


Status report

The Flyers loaned forward Joel Farabee to Lehigh Valley. ... Stewart, placed on waivers Wednesday, replaces Farabee. ... Parayko will miss his sixth straight game. The defenseman was placed on injured reserve Tuesday retroactive to Jan. 2.


Stat pack

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault needs one win to pass Mike Keenan (672) for sole possession of 11th place in NHL history. He will coach his 1,263nd NHL game and pass Jacques Lemaire for 16th place. ... Perron has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games.

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