MONTREAL - Can the Flyers keep it rolling on the road?
The Flyers (28-25-7, 63 points) face the Montreal Canadiens (32-21-7, 71 points) Thursday night at the Bell Centre, looking to win their sixth straight away from home.
The Flyers have not lost a game outside of Philadelphia since a 3-2 loss at New Jersey on Jan. 12.
Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:
• When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 7 p.m.
• Where: Bell Centre
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The Flyers will be without defenseman Radko Gudas for the third time this season after the league handed Gudas a two-game suspension for his axe chop to the helmet of Lightning star Nikita Kucherov (see story).
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This marks Gudas' fourth suspension of his seven-year career and his first since serving a 10-game suspension back in November 2017.
He's played so well that he's one guy that I haven't had to worry about. He's obviously a big loss for us. He's played a lot of really good hockey for us, consistent.
- interim head coach Scott Gordon on Gudas
In place of Gudas, rookie Philippe Myers will play in his second career game after logging 9:53 TOI in his debut against the Red Wings. Myers will be paired with Shayne Gostisbehere to begin the game (see story).
• Carter Hart will earn the start in Montreal following the shortest appearance of his career when he was pulled just 10:23 into Tuesday's game against Tampa after allowing three goals on nine shots.
Hart beat the Canadiens on Jan. 19 in Montreal when he made 33 saves in a 5-2 victory. Tonight, he's expected to square off against his childhood idol Carey Price, who backed up Antti Niemi in that game.
• Sean Couturier continued his torrid offensive pace with two assists against the Lightning on Tuesday night. The Flyers' center now has points in 16 of his last 18 games.
Since Jan. 8, Couturier is tied for third in the league with 27 points as only Kucherov (30) and Patrick Kane (36) have more.
• After having his No. 28 retired last night by his junior team, the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL (see story), Claude Giroux appears poised for a big night in Montreal. He's gone three straight games without a point for the fourth time this season. Giroux hasn't gone four games without a point this season.
It was pretty cool. I remember playing there and hoping that would happen. ... I was on the ice for my parents. It was a pretty special night. Now, we're playing well as a team and one of my jobs is to produce. I try not to think too much about [not scoring].
• Montreal had a 17-point advantage over the Flyers on Jan. 18. With a regulation win over the Canadiens, the Flyers can cut that deficit to six points.
• The Canadiens' power play, currently ranked 30th in the NHL, has been completely stagnant for most of this season. Only once this season has Montreal scored more than one power-play goal in a game: Oct. 23 vs. the Flames.
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl-Phil Varone-Justin Bailey
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Andrew MacDonald
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
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