With Hart in net and a forward back, Flyers need to ‘put it all together'

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Coming off a 1-3-0 homestand, the Flyers head to New York for four important games as they try to steady their ship.

The road trip begins Monday when the Flyers (13-9-3) play the Rangers (11-12-3).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Carter Hart will make his first start since last Tuesday, when he was pulled after allowing three goals on eight shots. The 22-year-old netminder has struggled to the tune of a 3.60 goals-against average.

Since his last start, Hart has worked closely with goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh.

"It's been good," Hart said Sunday after practice. "Got a lot of work in here on the ice with him and with some of the boys. It was good just to slow things down a little bit, get back to the basics and get some good detailed work in."

Hart appeared in relief on Saturday and saved 11 of 13 shots. Monday is big because it's an opportunity for the Flyers to stem a 2-5-0 tide in March, but also because Hart has a chance to find some confidence. Twenty-five games into the season, the Flyers are three points out of a playoff spot. They have 10 games over the final 17 days in March. They need Hart to find his footing.

A positive for the Flyers going into Monday night's game is that Hart is 3-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .934 save percentage against the Rangers since the start of 2019-20.

The Flyers are also 4-0-1 against the Rangers since the start of 2019-20.

• In March, the Flyers have held an intermission lead only once and have allowed 4.14 goals per game.

Right now, every mistake is ending up in the back of their net. But the Flyers don't believe the process has been all bad. Better goaltending, cleaner play and, ultimately, results will have to prove that.

"Our players that are playing in front of both our goaltenders are trying to do the right things," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday. "Obviously Carter and even Brian [Elliott] lately confidence-wise have not been where they can be when they're on top of their game. So we're trying to play real well in front of us, but it's important that we don't compound everything — you don't bring the last game to the game that's in front of you and you don't try to play that perfect game, because you can't.

"We've got to trust that our goaltenders are working extremely hard, that they're going to find their game and their confidence that they need at the toughest position in the game and the most important position in the game. And we in front of them have to continue to strive; if you look at our shots against, our chances against 5-on-5, they've been trending in the right direction. Once we put it all together, I really believe we're going to be real good."

• Michael Raffl will return to the lineup Monday night. He had missed the last four games with a swollen right hand.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Sean Couturier-Joel Farabee

Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny

Claude Giroux-Nolan Patrick-Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom-Michael Raffl-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Shayne Gostisbehere-Nate Prosser

Goalies

Carter Hart

Alex Lyon

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