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Vancouver has point in six of past seven; Philadelphia seeks to extend winning streak to eight

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

CANUCKS (24-22-6) at FLYERS (23-23-6)



The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will go for their eighth straight win when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

It is longest streak for Philadelphia, which has outscored its opponents 28-16 in the past seven games, since it won 10 in a row from Nov. 27-Dec. 14, 2016.

With a victory, the Flyers would become the seventh team in NHL history, and the first non-Original Six team, to reach 2,000 wins. 

Vancouver, which has a point in six of its past seven games (4-1-2), will be without forward Sven Baertschi because of an illness. He will be replaced by Tim Schaller.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Bo Horvat has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart is 6-0-0 with a 2.63 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in his past six starts. The 20-year-old can become the fourth goalie in NHL history to win seven straight games before his 21st birthday, and first since Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens from March 20-April 5, 2008.


They said it

"He's a big, strong guy, good on the forecheck. Thought our forecheck was a big part of our game the other night (5-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday) and it'll be again tonight." -- Canucks coach Travis Green on forward Tim Schaller

"I think we had sort of the idea where we could string together winning streaks like this from the start of the season. Unfortunately, it hasn't materialized this way. We just want it to continue." -- Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds


Canucks projected lineup

Tim Schaller -- Bo Horvat -- Josh Leivo

Nikolay Goldobin -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel -- Brandon Sutter -- Jake Virtanen

Loui Eriksson -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte

Alexander Edler -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Alex Biega, Markus Granlund

Injured: Sven Baertschi (illness)


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Phil Varone -- Mikhail Vorobyev -- Michael Raffl

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Carter Hart

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: Jori Lehtera, Christian Folin, Mike McKenna

Injured: Corban Knight (collarbone), Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body)


Status report

Green said he believes Baertschi will return to Vancouver. He had stayed behind in Colorado after not feeling well Sunday. ... Knight took part in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey. … Elliott saw shots during the morning skate and stayed after practice for extra work.


Stat pack

The Flyers are 1,999-1,394-166 with 457 ties. … Beagle will play his 500th NHL game ... Pettersson has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak. ... Couturier has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games. … Voracek has 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in his past 10 games.

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