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Preview: Canucks at Flyers

Philadelphia juggles lineup; Vancouver seeks rare road victory

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

CANUCKS (20-19-4) at FLYERS (21-16-6)

7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, SNP, NHL.TV

 

Canucks team scope

The Vancouver Canucks have 44 points, the same as the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card in the Western Conference but are outside of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot because they've played two more games. Their performance on the road also is a factor: The Canucks' five wins away from home are tied for the second-fewest in the League and they are 1-5-1 in their past seven on the road. Better starts would help. They've scored the game's first goal in seven of their 20 away games. Vancouver is 3-3-1 when scoring first away from home, but 2-10-1 when the opposition scores first. "It's just little details," defenseman Luca Sbisa said. "On the road you've got to have your special teams going. That's a make or break for sure on the road. You look at the Nashville game [a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday], look at some video and it's just little things. Being two feet over there, being three feet over there, it's a small thing. But over 60 minutes it makes a big difference. We're really close but we've got to work on those details." The Canucks had seven players on the ice for an optional morning skate.

 

Flyers team scope

The Flyers, 1-5-2 in their past eight games, had an optional morning skate that didn't include forward line combinations, but it's likely rookie forward Travis Konecny will play his first game at right wing this season. At practice Wednesday he was on a line with center Claude Giroux and left wing Michael Raffl. Konecny has played left wing all season but he's a right-shot forward and said he played most of his junior career on the right side, so he didn't expect much of an adjustment. "Just the other side of the rink," he said. "It's my forehand side so it'll probably be a little easier coming down the wing. We'll see how it goes. … Just muscle memory. You go back to the right side, it's like riding a bike." Konecny has two goals in his past five games; before that, he went 22 games without a goal and was a healthy scratch for one. "Just want to look at a different option there for him, putting a player on his natural wing," coach Dave Hakstol said. "Changes things up a little bit for him." Giroux said he's looking forward to playing with Konecny, which he hasn't done this season. "I think he competes pretty hard," he said. "Every night you know what you're going to get form him. He's going to go battle. He's got hockey sense. He's definitely fun to watch."

 

Canucks projected lineup

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Loui Eriksson

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Alexandre Burrows

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Jayson Megna

Brendan Gaunce -- Michael Chaput -- Jack Skille

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Luca Sbisa -- Christopher Tanev

Nikita Tryamkin -- Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Reid Boucher, Andrey Pedan

Injured: Derek Dorsett (neck), Erik Gudbranson (wrist), Jannik Hansen (knee), Ben Hutton (upper body), Anton Rodin (knee)

 

Flyers projected lineup

Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Matt Read -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Dale Weise -- Brayden Schenn -- Wayne Simmonds

Chris VandeVelde -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Nick Cousins

Ivan Provorov -- Andrew MacDonald

Nick Schultz -- Shayne Gostisbehere

Michael Del Zotto -- Brandon Manning

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Boyd Gordon, Roman Lyubimov, Radko Gudas

Injured: Mark Streit (shoulder)

 

Status report

Miller could start for the second straight game. He's 5-0-1 in his past six games and hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of them. He made 24 saves in the overtime loss to Nashville on Tuesday. … Mason will start for the third straight game and 19th in the past 21. Hakstol said Gudas will sit out because he's hoping to see more consistency in his game. Schultz, a healthy scratch the past two games, takes his place. Cousins had been scratched for five straight games.

 

Who's hot

Horvat has three goals and five assists in his past eight games. … Schenn has four goals and three assists in his past seven games.

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