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Edler expected to play for Vancouver; Hart starts second straight for Philadelphia

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (12-8-4) at FLYERS (11-7-5)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSP+, SNP, NHL.TV


The Game

Alexander Edler is expected to play for the Vancouver Canucks against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Monday. 

The defenseman left in the first period of a 2-1 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday with an upper-body injury but took part in the morning skate Monday.

Goalie Thatcher Demko starts for the first time in four games for the Canucks, who have won two in a row after going 1-5-2 in their previous eight games. 

Carter Hart makes his second straight start for the Flyers, who are 1-2-3 in their past six games after going 5-0-1 in the previous six. They lost 3-2 to the Calgary Flames in a shootout Saturday.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.

Flyers forward Morgan Frost has three points (two goals, one assist) and nine shots on goal in his first three NHL games since being recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Nov. 18.


They said it

"I've had a lot of injuries, so I feel like I know my body pretty well. [Sunday] felt really good, so that was a good sign. Today, the [morning] skate went well." -- Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler 

"We had one of our better games so far this year against Calgary as far as low number of scoring chances against and a very high number of scoring chances for, so I am just going back to the same lineup." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault


Canucks projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

J.T. Miller -- Bo Horvat -- Zack MacEwen

Tim Schaller -- Adam Gaudette -- Josh Leivo

Loui Eriksson -- Tyler Graovac -- Jake Virtanen

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Sven Baertschi

Injured: Jay Beagle (lower body), Brandon Sutter (groin strain), Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Morgan Frost -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Travis Sanheim -- Justin Braun

Robert Hagg -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Chris Stewart, Shayne Gostisbehere

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)


Status report

Sutter, who will miss his sixth straight game, joined the Canucks in Philadelphia and practiced Monday. Ferland, who has not played since Oct. 30, is expected to join them in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Roussel, who hasn't played since tearing the ACL in his right knee in March, was sent to Utica of the American Hockey League on a conditioning loan.


Stat pack

Giroux had four points (two goals, two assists) against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 21 but has been held without a point in six of his past eight games. Konecny has four assists in his past three games. … Hughes has six assists in his past four games. Boeser has a goal in all five career games against the Flyers, and seven points (six goals, one assist) in those games.

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