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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Canadiens

Flyers face the Canadiens today at the Bell Center.

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2015-16 Series: 2-0-1 

All-Time Record: 187gp (72-78-30-7)

Leading Scorers: PHI: Voracek, 7pts (2g-5a) | MTL: 5pts, Gallagher (3g-2a), Galchenyuk, Weber, Pacioretty (1g-4a)

Power Play: (PHI: 4-for-21, 19.0%, 12th) (MTL: 3-for-21, 14.3%, 20th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 14-of-18, 77.8%, T-21st) (MTL: 23-of-25, 92.0%, 8th)



The Flyers enter the first of back-to-back games tonight and enter a stretch in which they play five games in the next seven days… It is the second set of back-to-backs so far this season after earning a win in the first game of the season, and suffering an overtime loss in the second game… The Flyers have the third-most set of back-to-backs this season (18) with only two other teams having 19 (Columbus & Buffalo).



For the second straight year, the Montreal Canadiens are off to a hot start, tying for second in the NHL with nine points and outscoring their opponent, 13-4, in the last three games… They are the only team without a loss in regulation… Last season the Habs got off to a hot start with nine-straight victories and a 17-4-2 record before Carey Price went down with a season ending injury on Nov. 25, 2015… They posted a 21-34-4 record without Price in the lineup, eventually missing the playoffs with a 38-38-6 record.


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OTF: Del Zotto, Laughton back on the ice

Pair skates with the team for the first time since suffering injuries

by @NHLFlyers /

OCT. 23

4:01 p.m.

As if a breakout performance on Saturday night with a 6-3 win over Carolina wasn't enough good news, the Flyers had two more reasons to keep optimistic on Sunday morning.

For the first time with the entire group, defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Scott Laughton took part in practice since suffering injuries that have kept them out of the lineup for the last two weeks.

"It's nice to see them back with the group," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol.

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MELTZER: 'The Fog' Was Flyers Guiding Light

Flyers columnist takes a look at Fred Shero on what would have been his 91st birthday

by Bill Meltzer | @NHLFlyers /

During his lifetime, Hockey Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero learned how to use his "Freddie the Fog" persona to his advantage. He won championships at every level he coached and was beloved by his players. His methods were unconventional and he was sometimes branded as a maverick by the old guard hockey establishment, yet a large portion of his ideas later became standard across the game.

Painfully shy in his youth and still reticent even as an adult, Shero was a complicated man with a brilliant and restless mind that was usually focused on hockey. On a daily basis, he was often lost in thought and preferred to be by himself much of the time. In certain situations, however, he could also be engaging and humorous with a penchant for telling yarns for others' entertainment.

Fred Shero was not a man given to many open displays of emotion, keeping most of his feelings to himself. He was not a yeller nor one given to openly lavishing praise. He often articulated his thoughts - both about hockey and non-hockey subjects - better in writing than verbally but found ways turn these traits to his advantage.

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POSTGAME 5: Offense explodes vs. Canes

Flyers climb out of 0-2 hole to snap three-game skid, earn first win at home

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers /

The Flyers recovered from a 2-0 hole to take a 4-2 lead and an eventual 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. After a scoreless opening frame, the second period saw a total of seven goals scored. Justin Faulk opened the scoring 50 seconds into the second with a power play goal.

Then a little over three minutes later, Jordan Staal finished off a series of passes with a shot into a mostly open right side of the net to make it 2-0. The Flyers closed within a goal exactly a minute later, when Brandon Manning took a cross ice pass from Jake Voracek and pulled the puck around a sprawling Eddie Lack and tucked it inside the left post to make it 2-1.

Voracek redirected a point drive from Provorov past Lack to tie things up soon after. From there, goals by Matt Read and Shayne Gostisbehere scored 1:37 apart to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead and, after a Carolina goal at the end of the second period, the Flyers shut the door in the third period and added two goals to walk away with their first win on home ice.

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5 THINGS: Hurricanes vs. Flyers

Flyers face Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center tonight.

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2015-16 Series: 3-1-0 

All-Time Record: 72 gp (43-15-7-7)

Leading Scorers: PHI: Giroux, 5pts (5a) | CAR: 5pts, Stempniak (3g-2a), Rask (3g-2a) and Skinner (2g-3a)

Power Play: (PHI: 3-for-17, 17.6%, 17th) (CAR: 5-for-16, 31.2%, 4th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 10-of-13, 76.9%, T-20th) (CAR: 15-of-16, 93.8%, 5th)



Tonight's game kicks off a stretch in which the Flyers play six games in the next nine days with two back-to-back series… For the second straight game the Flyers will take on a road heavy opponent as the Hurricanes play the fifth in a season opening 14-day, six game road trip over Western Canada and back East again… The Hurricanes are one of two teams in which the Flyers will play five times this season (NJ Devils).



The Flyers won three of the four meetings last year against Carolina, with all three victories coming past regulation play and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scoring two of those OT winners… Since the team relocated to Raleigh from Hartford, the Flyers own a .694 win percentage (43-15-7-7) including and impressive .736 winning percentage on home ice with just six regulation losses (23-6-3-4) against Carolina.

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Dale Weise suspended three games by the NHL

by @NHLFlyers /

From the NHL Press Release:

Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise has been suspended for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during NHL Game No. 52 in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 20, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

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Meltzer: Present in Spirit

Flyers raise banner to honor Mr. Snider and other fallen Flyers at home opener

by Bill Meltzer | @NHLFlyers /

Although Philadelphia Flyers co-founder and chairman Ed Snider passed on earlier this year, his indelible legacy on the organization, the city of Philadelphia and the sport of hockey in general will remain not only during the 50th Anniversary Season celebration but in perpetuity. It was Mr. Snider himself who ultimately defined what it means to be a member of the Flyers family.

Likewise, the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Season home opener brings to mind others who profoundly shaped the organization's history, from Keith Allen, Jerry Melnyk, Fred Shero and Pat Quinn to Barry Ashbee, Rick MacLeish, Bob "the Count" Dailey and Pelle Lindbergh.

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POSTGAME 5: Ducks edge Flyers in opener

Flyers fight to the finish, but drop opening game at home to Anaheim

by @NHLFlyers /


The Flyers erased an early deficit to take a 2-1 lead, but Anaheim clawed back with two late goals and left with a 3-2 win. Chris Wagner started the scoring at 11:24 of the first period, giving the Ducks a 1-0 intermission advantage. Wayne Simmonds scored his third of the year on a power play 4:52 into the second to tie things up, and Matt Read potted his fourth on a highlight-reel rush just after the halfway point of the second to make it 2-1. 

Corey Perry tied it just over six minutes later, and then with 8:26 to play, Ryan Garbutt picked up the eventual game-winner. Steve Mason took the loss with 23 saves on 26 Anaheim shots, while John Gibson earned the win with 20 stops.

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5 THINGS: Ducks vs. Flyers

Flyers host the Ducks for their home opener.

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2015-16 Series: 0-2-0 

All-Time Record: 30 gp (10-11-5-1)

Leading Scorers: PHI: Konecny & Giroux, 4pts (4a) | ANH: Getzlaf, 4pts, (1g-3a)

Power Play: (PHI: 2-for-10, 20.0%, T-13th) (ANH: 2-for-16, 12.5%, 21st)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 8-of-11, 72.7%, T-24th) (ANH: 15-of-18, 83.3%, T-13th)



The Flyers return to the Wells Fargo Center where they play their home opener after beginning the season on the road for the first three games… The Flyers also opened last season on the road and went on to win their home opener and have own an overall record of 27-15-6 in home openers… This is the fifth time that the Flyers have opened their home schedule against a Western Conference opponent since the NHL first changed the conference names in 1993-94… The Flyers are 4-0-0 in their home openers against a Western Conference opponent… The Flyers also begin a stretch where they will play 14 of their next 21 games on home ice.



This is the last of a season opening five-game, nine-day road trip for the Ducks, who are winless (0-3-1) on the season thus far - their last three games have all been decided by one goal… The Ducks have just three home games in the month of October… Anaheim enters their 24th season in the NHL and has won four consecutive Pacific Division titles, including last season when they trailed by 16 points at the halfway point of the season… The Ducks have also had three straight seasons with 100-plus points.

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OTF: Raffl Update; Schenn returns to the lineup

GM Ron Hextall updates Raffl's injury as Schenn returns from suspension.

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers /

PRACTICE: Schenn returns

Brayden Schenn returns for home opener

Forward Brayden Schenn returns to the lineup for the Flyers' home opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night

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OCT. 19
4:58 p.m.

Following Wednesday's practice at the Skatezone in Voorhees, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media that forward Michael Raffl is expected to be out of action for 10 days to two weeks with an upper-body injury.

He suffered the injury in Tuesday's loss at Chicago after appearing in the first two periods and 9:36 of action on 13 shifts.

Raffl appeared in four games in the preseason, recording a goal and an assist, and had one goal through the first three games of the regular season, playing on the top line with Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, as well as seeing time on the team's power-play unit.

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