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Flyers face old friend and a team that has dealt with its own double-digit skid

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In Las Vegas on Friday night, the Flyers had little time to celebrate their first win since Nov. 16.

They must quickly shift their focus to stringing some wins together. The Flyers (9-12-4) are right back at it Saturday when they visit the Coyotes (5-19-2).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 9 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Gila River Arena
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers mercifully halted their losing streak at 10 games with a 4-3 win Friday night over the Golden Knights.

It has to be a huge sigh of relief for the Flyers to shake the proverbial monkey off their shoulders. They've dealt with injuries and the strength of schedule was no joke.

Entering Saturday, here were the records of the clubs they lost to during their 10-game nosedive:

  • Panthers — 18-4-4
  • Rangers — 18-5-3
  • Lightning — 17-5-4
  • Hurricanes — 18-6-1
  • Avalanche — 15-7-2
  • Bruins — 13-8-2
  • Devils — 10-10-5

But 10 straight losses are 10 straight losses. There's no debating the Flyers could and should have avoided dropping 10 in a row. And there's no debating the damage that was done by the losing streak.

Alain Vigneault was fired, Michel Therrien was fired and the Flyers have a hole to climb out of if they want to be in the race for when they get healthier.

There's a solid window of opportunity in December for the Flyers to take advantage of before the calendar flips to 2022.

• Arizona knows the Flyers' pain.

The Coyotes lost their first 11 games of the season, going 0-10-1. They're currently on a four-game skid.

 

Former Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere is having a nice season for Arizona. He leads the Coyotes in assists (13) and is tied for the team lead in points (17). The 28-year-old defenseman is playing 21:23 minutes per game and has a minus-4 rating on a team that owns a league-worst minus-51 goal differential.

After being traded in the offseason, Gostisbehere made his return to the Wells Fargo Center at the beginning of November. The Flyers beat Arizona, 3-0. Tonight will be the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season.

• With Carter Hart making 41 saves last night, Martin Jones is expected to be in net tonight for the Flyers.

The 31-year-old has solid career numbers against the Coyotes: 9-5-2, 2.23 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Scott Laughton-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny

Morgan Frost-Claude Giroux-Cam Atkinson

Max Willman-Kevin Hayes-James van Riemsdyk

Oskar Lindblom-Patrick Brown-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Kevin Connauton

Goalies

Martin Jones

Carter Hart

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