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Preview: Blues at Flyers

Philadelphia rookie Travis Konecny back in lineup; forward Kenny Agostino to debut for St. Louis

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

BLUES (25-22-5) at FLYERS (26-20-7)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, CSN-PH, NHL.TV

 

Blues team scope

Forward Kenny Agostino will make his St. Louis Blues debut. He was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on Sunday to replace forward Robby Fabbri, who sustained a season-ending injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Agostino leads the AHL with 42 assists and 60 points in 48 games. "It's exciting for sure," Agostino told the Blues website. "It's a great opportunity so I'm looking forward to it. I have to take the confidence I have from the AHL up here tonight and I'm looking forward to it." Agostino has 10 games of NHL experience, all with the Calgary Flames. His last NHL game was against the Blues on March 14, 2016. "[Agostino] has been having a great deal of success down there and I want him to come up and show us what he can do," coach Mike Yeo said. "I don't want him thinking about too much or worried one mistake will take him out of the lineup. I want to see what he can bring us and we'll give him a good chance tonight." Agostino will play left wing on the second line with center Jori Lehtera and right wing David Perron. He also got some work on the second power play, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Goalie Carter Hutton will start for the Blues. It will be Hutton's first start since Jan. 26, when he allowed five goals on 30 shots against the Minnesota Wild and was removed 2:11 into the third period.

 

Flyers team scope

Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Travis Konecny will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past two games. Part of the reason Konecny was scratched was a turnover that led to a goal by the Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-1 loss on Jan. 31, but he said he won't be worrying about being on a short leash. "I'm going to be confident in my abilities and know that I have to do what got me here," Konecny said. "I'm not going to sit back and be safe in every aspect of the game. I'm still going to be trying to make offensive plays in the right situations. But when there's times to get rid of the puck and make a safe play I've got to make sure I'm doing that." The Flyers have points in two straight games but scored a total of three goals, one into an empty net. Konecny has scored seven goals and 22 points in 50 games but might be their fastest and most creative forward. "[Konecny] obviously adds an element offensively, he adds an element of tenacity," coach Dave Hakstol said. "He'll be a good addition to the lineup tonight. … We want him to come back in the lineup and do the things that he does and come in and do them very, very well."

 

Blues projected lineup

Alexander Steen -- Paul Stastny -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Kenny Agostino -- Jori Lehtera -- David Perron

Jaden Schwartz -- Patrik Berglund -- Dmitrij Jaskin

Scottie Upshall -- Ivan Barbashev -- Ryan Reaves

Jay Bouwmeester -- Alex Pietrangelo

Carl Gunnarsson -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Joel Edmundson -- Colton Parayko

Carter Hutton

Jake Allen

Scratched: Nail Yakupov, Magnus Paajarvi, Robert Bortuzzo

Injured: Robby Fabbri (knee), Kyle Brodziak (foot)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Nick Cousins

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Mark Streit -- Nick Schultz 

Brandon Manning -- Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

Steve Mason

Scratched: Shayne Gostisbehere, Matt Read

Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body)

 

Status report

Jaskin will play after being scratched the past three games. … Paajarvi was recalled from Chicago on Sunday along with Agostino but Yeo said he will not play Monday. … Neuvirth will start his third straight game, the first time that's happened since he started four in a row Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. Gostisbehere will be out a third straight game.

 

Who's hot

Steen has six goals and four assists in his past 10 games. … Shattenkirk has three goals and six assists in his past 10 games. … Pietrangelo has one goal and four assists in his past three games. … Schenn has seven goals and seven assists in his past 17 games. … Neuvirth has allowed three goals on 72 shots (.958 save percentage) in his past three games.

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