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Flyers look for third straight win in last game before the bye week

by @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (18-23-6, 42pts) at Montreal Canadiens (27-17-5, 59pts)

at Bell Centre | Montreal, Quebec

TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital





Season Series (2017-18): 3-0-0

All-Time Record: 193gp (76-80-30-7)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 52-pts, Giroux (14g-38a)

MTL: 43-pts, Domi (15g-28a)



The Flyers play the final game before their bye week and All-Star weekend break in which they will have eight full days between games (Jan. 20-27)... Following the break, they will have only one instance in which they will have three days in between games and play out 34 games in 69 days through the end of the regular season... 25 of those games will come against Eastern Conference opponents, with 15 of those games coming against the Metropolitan Division.


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Meltzer: The 'Price' of Admission

Carter Hart could face one of his childhood idols in Carey Price come Saturday night in Montreal

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

Flyers rookie goaltender Carter Hart is an unabashed fan of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, and has been for years. On Saturday night, Hart will return to Montreal for the first time since the gold medal game of the 2017 World Junior Championships and play against the Canadiens for the first time at the NHL level.

Come Saturday night, Hart and the Flyers travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens. It remains to be seen whether Price or Habs backup Antti Niemi will get the start in goal for the Habs. Niemi himself was a former Vezina Trophy finalist during his days with the San Jose Sharks. 

Video: Hear from Hart following practice

For his part, Hart is simply eager to compete,


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Panel Lineup Announced for Hockey For Her Event

by @NHLFlyers

Hockey for Her, an event especially for female Flyers fans, will return to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, February 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., with some of the club's most passionate fans getting the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and experience Flyers hockey through interactive and unique programming.

Conceptualized by female executives in the team's front office, the night includes unprecedented access. Guests will enter the Wells Fargo Center as if they were players on game night, through the private player entrance and out onto the ice where they will enjoy an opening cocktail reception on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center.

Registration also includes a wall-to-wall lineup of Flyers-related programming, a Hockey for Her gift, and more.

  • Flyers Alumni Panel featuring Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen
  • Flyers Female Broadcasters Q&A with Amy Fadool and Taryn Hatcher from NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Women in Sports Panel featuring Flyers front office executives
  • Panel Discussion with executive, coach and player's significant others: Lauren Tjernlund (James van Riemsdyk), Alex Robertson (Travis Sanheim), Amanda Elliott (Brian Elliott), Bonnie Dillabaugh (Kim Dillabaugh), Lisa Hanrahan (Barry Hanrahan)
  • An appearance by Gritty
  • Special experiences include onice, shot-on-goal opportunities (no skates required), locker room tours, as well as special photo opportunities and more.

Tickets to Hockey for Her are $75 per person and are available now at Space is limited. Attendees must be 14 and over to attend, 21+ to drink.

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Injury Update: Fletcher gives update on four Flyers

Morin cleared for contact, status of goaltenders and more

by @NHLFlyers

Prior to the Flyers practice on Friday morning, Flyers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher gave an injury update regarding four Flyers.


BRIAN ELLIOTT (G) (lower-body injury)
"Brian is progressing nicely and continuing his rehab. He's back on the ice, but there is really no timetable set for his return."

Elliott last appeared in the Flyers-Devils game on Nov. 15 and has missed 29 games due to injury this season. He has a 6-7-0 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 14 appearances.


CORBAN KNIGHT (F) (upper-body injury)
"He will see the doctor today (Jan. 18) for his next follow up. He is progressing very well and hopefully we get the green light for Corban to advance on and off the ice."

Knight was injured in the Flyers-Islanders game on Oct. 27 and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 28. He has appeared in three games for the Flyers this season, going scoreless and averaging 7:16 of ice time per-game.


SAMUEL MORIN (D) (knee, ACL surgery)
"Sam saw the doctor during the last game vs. Boston (Jan. 16) and he's been cleared to go full tilt now. The game plan for Sam is to get his body ready to go back and play NHL hockey. We're looking at another month before he's ready to do that."

Morin has missed the entire 2018-19 season following surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered in Game 4 of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' second-round playoff series with the Charlotte Checkers on May 9, 2018.


MICHAL NEUVIRTH (G) (lower-body injury)
"Michal is doing well. He was evaluated by one of our doctors yesterday (Jan. 17). His timetable has not been set. He's doing very well through his rehab and we're hoping to get him back on the ice late next week."

Neuvirth is 1-4-1 with a 4.27 GAA and .859 save percentage this season. He last appeared in the Flyers-Hurricanes game on Jan. 3 and has missed the last seven games due to injury and a total of 28 games this season

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Flyers acquire right wing Justin Bailey from Buffalo

Philadelphia trades forward Taylor Leier to the Sabres

by @NHLFlyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded forward Taylor Leier to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for right wing Justin Bailey, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.

Below are news & notes on Bailey's career:

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Prospect Update: World Juniors proved to be springboard

After being on the world stage, see how Flyers prospects have adjusted back with their team

by @nhlflyers

With the 2018-19 World Junior Championships in the books, the seven Flyers prospects who participated in the tournament have all returned to their respective CHL, NCAA or European teams. 

Here's a look at how each of the seven players -- plus one who did not make the final cut for the WJC -- have fared since the tournament.

Morgan Frost (C, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL): Frost led all players at the WJC in points-per-game (8pts, 4g-4a, in 5 games played) and picked up where he left off after rejoining the Greyhounds.  

After chipping in an assist and an empty net goal in his first game back, he figured in every goal in a 4-3 victory over the Windsor Spitfires, scoring twice and assisting on two others. In his next game, Frost set up teammate Barrett Hayton for a shorthanded goal; Frost's eighth shorthanded point of the season. 

Due to his Team Canada commitments, which kept him away for seven OHL games, Frost has fallen to sixth in the league scoring race, but his 1.86 points per game (23g, 42a, 65pts in 35 games) leads the league.

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POSTGAME 5: Hats Off, Part 2

Couturier's hat trick powers Flyers past Bruins, 4-3 on Wednesday Night Hockey

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

Sean Couturier rallied the Flyers back from an early 0-2 deficit, while Carter Hart made a career-high 39 saves to beat the Bruins, 4-3, on Wednesday Night Hockey.

David Pastrnak and Peter Cehlarik got Boston on the board within the first 10 minutes, but the Flyers tallied four straight goals, while also killing off a five-minute major, to building a 4-2 lead. 

Oskar Lindblom kicked things off for the Flyers with the rest of the tallies coming from Couturier. Cehlarik tallied his second of the game on a late 6-on-5 situation, but the Flyers held on for the win. Jaroslav Halak stopped 15 of 19 shots to take the loss.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Sean Couturier (Hat Trick)
2 - Carter Hart (39 saves)
3 - Peter Cehlarik (2g, +2)

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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-B's

Quick notes to come out of the morning skate in advance of tonight's game

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers held an optional practice on Wednesday in preparation for hosting the Boston Bruins in a nationally televised game at the Wells Fargo Center. Below are some quick news, notes & quotes to come out of both skates.

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Flyers host B's play final home game before Bye Week break

by @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (17-23-6, 40pts) vs. Boston Bruins (26-15-5, 57pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:30 p.m. |  TV: NBCSN |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital





Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 196gp (69-96-21-10)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 50-pts, Giroux (14g-36a)

BOS: 54-pts, Pastrnak (26g-28a)



The Flyers have won two of their last three games and are looking for their third straight win on home ice entering tonight... With a heavy road schedule of the last six weeks, the Flyers have earned points in six of their last nine games at the Wells Fargo Center, going 4-3-2 since Dec. 1... In their last six at home, the Flyers have recorded a goal on the power-play in four of those contests, going 5-for-21 (23.8%) which is in the NHL Top 10 since Dec. 21... Since Nov. 21, the Flyers have allowed just four goals on their penalty kill in their last 11 on home ice, going 31-for-35 (88.6%), which is fourth in the NHL.


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MELTZER: Taking a Bigger Bite

How a pair of 20-year olds in Carter Hart and Nolan Patrick plan on making bigger strides

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

No matter what happens the rest of this season, one of the main goals for the remainder of the campaign is to get some of the team's younger players on track to either bounce back with more consistently effective seasons moving forward or to continue their development as NHL players.

Along with the team needing defensemen Ivan Provorov and Shayne Gostisbehere to work their way back to the form they respectively displayed last season in Provorov's second NHL season and Gostisbehere's third, the play of Carter Hart and Nolan Patrick over the rest of the season merit close attention. 

On the goaltending front, the play of the 20-year-old rookie since his recall from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms has raised hopes that he can help stabilize a position that has been a trouble spot for the team due both to injuries and inconsistent performance. While Hart's talent is undeniable and his mental toughness and maturity are remarkable, there is still a learning curve to negotiate. 

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