Once again, the Flyers are looking for a strong response.

After a gut-wrenching 5-3 loss Tuesday to the Islanders, the Flyers (31-19-7) are back at it Thursday when they visit the Panthers (30-20-6).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: BB&T Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Thursday is a big night for the Flyers. The Islanders are in action, the Blue Jackets open a back-to-back set and the Hurricanes are off before hosting the Metropolitan Division's last-place team the Devils Friday.

The Flyers enter Thursday holding the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot and a 58 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to They are three points behind the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Blue Jackets for the first wild-card berth, two points up on the Hurricanes and three ahead of the Panthers.

Yeah, it's busy.

• As disheartening as the loss was Tuesday, Flyers fans can take solace in how the team has gotten back up this season.


Just recently, the Flyers lost to the Penguins, 4-3, in overtime on Jan. 31 and then beat the Avalanche, 6-3, the very next night. They were blown out by the Devils, 5-0, at home last week and answered with a 7-2 thumping of the Capitals two days later in the nation's capital.

The Flyers haven't lost consecutive games since Jan. 4-7.

And another positive: On one day of rest, they've scored the NHL's second-most goals per game at 3.77 to go along with a plus-29 goal differential.

• Florida is 2-4-1 in February with an NHL-high 25 goals allowed.

Projected lineup


Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl-Connor Bunnaman-Nicolas Aube-Kubel


Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Justin Braun


Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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