FLYERS 2018-19 DEBUTS IN DESERT TONIGHT AGAINST CUP FINALISTS!

By Mary Cunningham

The frost is on the pumpkin, or whatever cliche they use in Las Vegas, where the Flyers tip off the 20-18 season:

Tonight: Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights
Site: T-Mobile Arena/Las Vegas, Nevada
Time: 10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBCSP/97.5 FM

Records: Flyers 0-0-0; Golden Knights 0-0-0
Bovada odds: Flyers +1.5, O/U 5.5

“Everyone’s goal is the same,” defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. “We want to win the Stanley Cup and I think that’s obviously a realistic opportunity for us and something that can definitely happen.”

“We feel pretty confident in our team,” captain Claude Giroux added. “We think we can take that step forward and be a more consistent team and just do a little more damage throughout the whole season. We like the team we have right now.”

Forwards
28-Claude Giroux, 14-Sean Couturier, 11-Travis Konecny
23-Oskar Lindblom, 19-Nolan Patrick, 93-Jake Voracek
25-James van Riemsdyk, 24-Mikhail Vorobyev, 17-Wayne Simmonds
21-Scott Laughton, 15-Jori Lehterä, 12-Michael Raffl

Defense
9-Ivan Provorov & 53-Shayne Gostisbehere
6-Travis Sanheim & 3-Radko Gudas
8-Robert Hägg & 47-Andrew MacDonald

Goalie
37-Brian Elliott

Injuries/suspensions
G Michal Neuvirth – lower-body injury, injured reserve
C Corban Knight – head injury, injured reserve
G Alex Lyon – lower-body injury, injured reserve
D Samuel Morin – surgery to repair ACL, injured reserve
F Pascal Laberge – hip surgery, injured reserve

GOLDEN KNIGHTS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards
81-Jonathan Marchessault, 72-William Karlsson, 19-Reilly Smith
67-Max Pacioretty, 26-Paul Stastny, 56-Erik Haula
92-Tomas Nosek, 24-Oscar Lindberg, 40-Ryan Carpenter
28-Will Carrier, 41-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, 75-Ryan Reaves

Defense
3-Brayden McNabb & 6-Colin Miller
27-Shea Theodore & 5-Deryk Engelland
15-Jon Merril & 22-Nick Holden

Goalie
29-Marc-Andre Fleury

Injuries/suspensions
D Nate Schmidt – Serving first in 20-game suspension for performance enhancing substance
RW Alex Tuch – lower-body injury, injured reserve
C Cody Eakin – lower-body injury, injured reserve

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