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Flyers hit Vegas looking to stop losing streak before it nears franchise marks

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The Flyers visit Las Vegas looking to stop their losing streak before it hits some of the franchise's all-time worst marks.

Mired in a 10-game spiral, the Flyers (8-12-4) open a back-to-back road set Friday when they face the Golden Knights (15-10-0).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 10 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: T-Mobile Arena
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers are amid a mess of a stretch. They're 0-8-2 in their 10-game losing streak, a stretch in which they've been outscored 46-18. They've allowed 17 goals over their last three games. The first game of that span — a 7-1 loss to the Lightning — resulted in head coach Alain Vigneault's firing.

Oddly, the last two times the Flyers lost 10 straight, they made the playoffs: 2017-18 and 2007-08.

The Flyers haven't gone winless in more than 10 consecutive games since the 1998-99 season. They had a 12-game streak in which they recorded eight losses and four ties, marking the franchise's longest winless drought.

The Flyers have dropped their last six in regulation. The last time they lost more than six straight in regulation was the dreadful 2006-07 season, when they did it twice with nine in a row and then seven in a row.

• To avoid an 11th straight defeat, the Flyers have a tall task of facing the Golden Knights in Las Vegas.

After a 1-4-0 start, the Golden Knights have gone 14-6-0 with 3.75 goals per game. They're on a three-game winning streak in which they've outscored the opposition 15-7.

 

Vegas has yet to win four straight games this season. The Flyers haven't won on the road since Nov. 12.

The Golden Knights will give up some goals. Maybe the Flyers can spark their offense out West (without giving up too many). Since Oct. 30, the Flyers have scored 1.72 goals per game, the fewest in the NHL over that span.

• The Flyers' lineup and starting goalie are not yet known. The Flyers called up Jackson Cates on Thursday. It's uncertain if Cates or recently claimed defenseman Kevin Connauton will enter the lineup.

Update: Below is the projected lineup, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Olivia Reiner.

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

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

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