Listed here are 5 factors you should know about the Canadiens-Flyers match at the Bell Centre Thursday (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
The matchup: The Canadiens snapped a 4-match shedding streak with a 3-2 acquire in excess of Columbus on Tuesday and they are holding the 1st wild-card spot in the Jap Convention with 71 factors. This match is significant for the reason that the Canadiens (a) need to have the factors and (b) are wanting at a plan that has them participating in 7 of their upcoming 8 online games on the street. The Flyers have been producing a late-year operate and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 online games. But they continue to be 6 factors out of a wild-card spot after shedding to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Tuesday night.
Canadiens a winner in Domi trade: There are 22 online games remaining in the year, but it’s not as well early to proclaim Montreal the winner in the Max Domi-Alex Galchenyuk trade. Domi’s goal Tuesday night against Columbus was a job-significant 20th and he has 52 factors, which matches his job significant. He has a additionally-9 ranking and he has stuffed a hole at centre. Galchenyuk is acquiring an all right year with 13 goals and 19 helps even though dealing with injuries, but he checks in at minus-16 and the Arizona Coyotes are the latest workforce to learn that he’s not a centre.
The goalies: Carey Selling price has appeared in 8 consecutive online games due to the fact the all-star crack and, with Antti Niemi coming up small in his last 3 commences, you can count on to see a lot of Selling price as the Canadiens battle to maintain on to one of the wild-card places in the Jap Convention. The Flyers have used 7 goaltenders this year, but it appears they are going with 20-yr-old rookie Carter Hart. He experienced a tough time against Tampa Bay Tuesday — who does not? — but he has a 13-7-1 record with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .920 help you save proportion.
Simmonds on the block: With the trade deadline coming up on Monday, this could possibly be the last time Bell Centre admirers see Wayne Simmonds in a Flyers uniform. Simmonds is qualified to grow to be a charge agent on July 1 and, even though Philadelphia basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher is talking to Simmonds’ agent about a agreement extension, the probability is that Simmonds will be moved at the deadline. At minimum 7 groups have been pointed out as a achievable desired destination for the electrical power ahead, including 3 of Montreal’s Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Giroux leads Flyers: Claude Giroux, whose No. 28 was retired by the Gatineau Olympiques Wednesday, leads the Flyers in scoring with 61 factors, including 17 goals. Previous teammate Paul Byron was on hand for the ceremony. Sean Couturier is the leading goal-scorer for the readers, with 24. Other double-digit goal scorers for the Flyers are Travis Konecny (18), Simmonds (16), Jakub Voracek (15), James Van Riemsdyk (15), Nolan Patrick (12) and Oskar Lindblom (11). Patrick scored two of his goals at the Bell Centre on Jan. 19, when the Flyers conquer the Canadiens 5-2.