EDMONTON, Alberta: Without playing Friday, the Flyers slightly increased their chances in the Connor McDavid Sweepstakes.
With a 3-1 win in Buffalo on Friday, New Jersey slipped ahead of them in the standings, so the Flyers went from eighth to seventh in the draft race. If the season ended today, they would have a 6.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick (McDavid), up from 6 percent.
On Saturday night, the Flyers (73 points) face Edmonton, which is third from the bottom in the NHL. The Oilers have 51 points, ahead of only Buffalo (47) and Arizona (50).
The Flyers are five points ahead of Columbus, which has two games in hand, for the No. 6 spot. The team that finishes with the sixth-worst record will have a 7.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick.
The draft lottery will be held shortly after the regular season ends.
L. Schenn sits. Luke Schenn, who is bothered by an undisclosed injury, will be scratched Saturday and the Flyers will use six defensemen. They dressed seven in Thursday's 4-1 loss in Calgary.
Matt Read will return to the lineup, and Steve Mason will be back in the nets.
Oddly, Mason was pulled late in the second period Thursday after giving up a screened goal, putting the Flyers down, 2-0. Mason is searching for his second road win of the season. Overall, he is 14-17-10 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
Hall returns. Left winger Taylor Hall, who has missed 23 of the last 24 games because of a broken foot, will return to Edmonton's lineup for the first time since Feb. 2 on Saturday. Hall has 11 goals and 30 points in 42 games.
Goalie Ben Scrivens (13-22-10, 2.96 GAA, .987) will start for Edmonton.
Road woes. The Flyers have lost eight straight on the road and have just nine wins in 38 games (9-20-9) away from the Wells Fargo Center. At home, they are 20-9-6.
The Flyers conclude their four-game road trip Saturday. They will have just two road games (Pittsburgh and Carolina) after Saturday.
Breakaways. The Flyers have a 32-28-8 lifetime record against the Oilers, including a 9-17-6 road mark….Ryan-Nugent Hopkins (20), Jordan Eberle (19) and Benoit Pouliot (16) are Edmonton's top goal scorers….Wayne Simmonds (27), Jake Voracek (21) and Claude Giroux (19) lead the Flyers, who had seven 20-goal scorers last season….The Flyers have scored a total of three goals in their last four road losses.
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