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Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have been using the manufacturing of their high line of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek however would love some offense from their backside 9 forwards.
The Minnesota Wild, in the meantime, would love somebody aside from Jason Zucker to start out scoring objectives.
On Saturday night time on the Wells Fargo Middle, the Flyers (Eight-6-2) will play their first of back-to-back video games towards the Wild (6-7-2), who will likely be wrapping up a four-game highway journey.
Each groups need to construct off spectacular wins on Thursday night time. Philadelphia topped the Blackhawks Three-1 on objectives by Giroux, Couturier and Voracek, whereas the Wild blanked the Canadiens Three-Zero on a third-period hat trick by Zucker, who scored every of Minnesota’s final 5 objectives.
“It was a troublesome sport, a decent sport,” Zucker advised the Star Tribune after netting his sixth, seventh and eighth objectives. “However it was good to get that win, and hopefully, we will carry that into Philly.”
By way of 16 video games, Giroux, Couturier and Voracek have mixed for 23 objectives and 60 factors, behind solely the Tampa Bay Lightning’s high line of Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov (32 objectives, 77 factors in 17 video games). However there hasn’t been a lot offense past that for the Flyers, who've gotten no objectives from Wayne Simmonds in his final eight video games and one purpose from Travis Konecny in his final 12.
“It’ll occur ultimately,” Simmonds, who opened the season with six objectives in his first eight video games, advised the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We simply should hold working onerous. The objectives will come.”
The Wild, who're with out star winger Zach Parise (decrease again surgical procedure) till after Christmas, have gotten six objectives from Chris Stewart and 5 from Eric Staal, however are ready for Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis, every with three objectives, to warmth up.
Minnesota scored 4 short-handed objectives of their final eight video games however misplaced three straight earlier than beating the Canadiens and gained back-to-back video games solely as soon as this season.
The Flyers are nonetheless with out rookie heart Nolan Patrick, who will miss his eighth straight sport with a head harm and is predicted to stay in Philadelphia when the Flyers go to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Goaltender Brian Elliott, who stopped 38 photographs Thursday, is predicted to get the beginning towards the Wild. He's 9-2-Zero with a 2.07 goals-against common and .915 save proportion in his profession towards Minnesota.
“I felt good on the market (towards the Blackhawks),” Elliott stated. “I assumed we did a superb job defensively. That allowed me to lock in on the puck. We took away lanes. Took away passes. That’s what you must do.”
Devan Dubnyk, who made 41 stops in his shutout towards the Canadiens, is predicted to get the decision for the Wild. He's 2-5-1 lifetime towards the Flyers with a 2.64 GAA and .918 SP.

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