Wrapping up a three-games-in-four-nights road trip through western Canada, the Flyers will face the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Here’s three storylines and the projected lineups.

Gut-check game

Once in a while, a team that is in the midst of a tough travel schedule will play a rested home team. In this instance, there’s no significant fatigue factor heading into the game. 

The Flyers have jumped across western Canada this week. Meanwhile, the Flames are just coming off an undefeated record in a five-game trip through the eastern U.S. including three games in four nights over this week.

Both the Flyers and Flames had an off-day on Friday.

However, this game is nevertheless a gut-check game for the Flyers. They’ve already clinched a winning road trip, even if they lose in regulation in Calgary The Flyers cannot let their guards down, against a Calgary team that had has an excellent start this season.

In each of the first two games of the trip, the Flyers have started with strong first periods that saw them take leads to the dressing room at intermission. Second periods have been iffy, and the Flyers have had to rely very heavily on their goaltenders to prevent them from entering the third period down. Third periods have been solid.

So far on the trip, it’s worked. However, the Flyers would be well-advised to avoid a period that is nearly as lopsided as the second periods were in Edmonton and Vancouver. If that pattern continues, the Flyers are not going to win.

Possible lineup changes

Carter Hart in Edmonton and Martin Jones in Vancouver both had excellent performances in net. Wrapping up the road trip, Hart will be in net in Calgary.

Beyond that, it won’t be known until head coach Alain Vigneault’s pregame presser whether there be any other changes to the lineup. Patrick Brown made his Flyers debut on Thursday, replacing Nicolas Aube-Kubel on fourth-line left wing. That arrangement could possibly stay in Calgary.

Flyers top-pairing defenseman Ryan Ellis has missed each of the last three games with a nagging lower-body injury. He officially remains day-to-day. 

Projected lineups for both teams are coming soon on the article.

For the Flames…

The goaltending from Jacob Markström has been one big key to the Flames’ early success this season. He comes in with a 3-1-1 record, 1.59 goals against average and .952 save percentage while starting five of the team’s seven games played to date.

Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane are both off to horrible starts to the 2021-22 season from a goal-scoring standpoint. They’ve each tallied seven goals over the first seven games of the season. Blake Coleman has three goals and four points. Not surprisingly, Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames in overall scoring with 10 points (1g, 9a) thus far.

Calgary has gotten pretty good balance across their lineup so far. Eleven different players have collected three or more points over the first seven games. Nine Flames players have at least one goal.

Projected lineups

Flyers:

28 Claude Giroux – 14 Sean Couturier – 11 Travis Konecny
86 Joel Farabee – 19 Derick Brassard – 89 Cam Atkinson
23 Oskar Lindblom – 21 Scott Laughton – 25 James van Riemsdyk
38 Patrick Brown or 62 Nic Aube-Kubel – 44 Nate Thompson – 17 Zack MacEwen

9 Ivan Provorov – 61 Justin Braun
6 Travis Sanheim – 70 Rasmus Ristolainen
3 Keith Yandle – 24 Nick Seeler

79 Carter Hart
[35 Martin Jones]

Flames:

13 Johnny Gaudreau – 28 Elias Lindholm – 19 Matthew Tkachuk
20 Blake Coleman – 11 Mikael Backlund – 18 Tyler Pitlick
88 Andrew Mangiapane – 29 Dillon Dube – 24 Brett Ritchie
17 Milan Lucic – 23 Sean Monahan – 22 Trevor Lewis

4 Rasmus Andersson – 8 Chris Tanev
58 Oliver Kylington – 26 Michael Stone
6 Juuso Välimäki – 44 Erik Gudbranson

25 Jacob Markström
[80 Daniel Vladar]

Essentials

When: 10:00pm ET
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia +
Radio: 93.3 WMMR