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PRACTICE UPDATE: Refreshed and Ready

Flyers return from bye week ready to make playoff push

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

After a disappointing weekend heading into the bye week, the mood of the players and coaches were that the NHL mandated bye week came at just the right time.

Well, the team is back and a full roster took part in a long practice at the Skatezone in Voorhees feeling good about the position they're in and what they have to do to get back to their winning ways from earlier in season.

"We have a lot of hockey to play and we're still in the playoff picture so it's easy to be optimistic in here," said Wayne Simmonds. "Our commitment to doing everything. Back-checking, playing stronger in our defensive zone and creating offensively. We just have to play more like we did a the beginning of the year."

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Prospect Update: Wade Allison

Flyers prospect enjoying strong freshman season at Western Michigan

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Selected by the Flyers with the 52nd overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, right winger Wade Allison has come as advertised during his freshman season at Western Michigan University.

A big power forward with a heavy righthanded shot and a deft touch around the net, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Roland, Manitoba has produced 10 goals (four on the power play) and 16 points overall in his first 20 games of collegiate hockey. He's kept up a pace that saw him score seven times in the first 14 games.

Playing right wing on a line with sophomore center Colt Conrad and freshman left winger Hugh McGing, Allison hit double-digit goals for the season in the Western Michigan Broncos' 7-2 loss to Denver on Saturday. Allison's even-strength tally temporarily reduced his team's deficit to 2-1 early in the second period. One night earlier, the 14th-ranked Broncos shut out the No. 1-ranked Pioneers, 3-0. Allison survived a scare on a brutal hit by Denver's Adam Plant, who received a major and misconduct.

Overall, Allison is second on his team in both goals and total points. Sophomore forward Matteson Iacopelli, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect, paces the squad with 15 goals and 21 points in 20 games to date. Former Flyers assistant coach Andy Murray is the Broncos' head coach.

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GREENBERG: The Best of the Alumni Game

The best goals, plays and moments from the Flyers-Pens Alumni Game

by Jay Greenberg @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

10. FIT TO BE TIED: Jocelyn Thibault ruined the big finish, robbing LeClair and Mikael Renberg after a Lindros steal set them up in the final seconds. But hey, for any Penguins who played between 1974-89, the 3-3 tie was the closest they ever got to winning in Philadelphia, so have a heart.

9. THE HOUND: The Sixtysomething guy with the best legs was Bob Kelly, who forced the giveaway that resulted in Dave Brown's goal. Young Marsh was up ice continually but he will learn to pick his spots as his career moves along. Good thing he had Mark Howe for a partner. The No. 2 on his back remained superfluous; that glide remaining distinguishable. The years have been good to it.  

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POSTGAME 5: Downed in DC

Flyers suffer 5-0 loss at Washington to enter bye week

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers held the Washington Capitals to just 10 shots in the first two periods and were down 1-0 after 40 minutes, but the Caps scored four goals in five minutes early in the third period to take the 5-0 win. 

Alex Burakovsky put Washington on the board 9:08 into the second period, and then Matt Niskanen and Justin Williams each scored two goals during the third-period flurry. 

Steve Mason stopped 12 of 17 shots in 46:36 before yielding to Michal Neuvirth, who stopped five shots the rest of the way. Phillip Grubauer made 24 saves to earn the shutout.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Capitals

The Flyers are away tonight facing the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 208gp (111-71-19-7)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 41pts, Voracek (13g-28a) | WSH: 40pts, Backstrom (12g-28a)

Power Play: (PHI: 36-for-154, 23.4%, 4th) (WSH: 23-for-128, 18.0%, 16th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 110-of-136, 80.9%, 19th) (WSH: 130-for-151, 86.1%, 3rd)

 

1. ONE MORE BEFORE

The Flyers play their final game before having five days off for their bye week… This is the Flyers 46th game of the season, which at the end of today, will be tied with five other teams with the most games played in the NHL so far this season… The Flyers also play the second of games on back-to-back days, going 6-2-2 in that scenario this season and this is the ninth time in the 11 back-to-back sets where their opponent has not played the night before.

 

2. SPECIAL FORCES

The Flyers have recorded a power-play goal in three straight games, operating at 50 percent, by going 5-for-10… Five of the Flyers last eight goals have come on the power play… Claude Giroux continues to lead the NHL in both assists (17) and points (21) on the power play, while Brayden Schenn leads in the NHL in power-play goals (11)… The Flyers have five players in the NHL's Top 9 for most time-on-ice on the man advantage: Giroux and Jakub Voracek rank 1 & 2, Wayne Simmonds and Shayne Gostisbehere rank 5th & 6th respectively and Schenn ranks ninth.

 

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Recap: 50th Anniversary Alumni Game

Tie on Scoreboard, Flyers Triumph Among Fans.

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Arch-rivals for much of the later quarter century of their respective 50-season histories, the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni and Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni skated to a 3-3 tie in the 50th Anniversary Game at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

Dave Brown, Danny Briere and Eric Desjardins scored for the Flyers Alumni, who led by scores of 2-0 and 3-1 in the third period before Ryan Malone scored a pair of goals for the Pittsburgh side and Tyler Kennedy knotted the score with four minutes remaining in regulation.

In the eyes and hearts of the 19,727 wildly enthusiastic Flyers partisans who packed the arena, however, the celebration of a half century of NHL hockey in Philadelphia - with a cavalcade of familiar Flyers faces from every decade of team history either playing, coaching or attending as special guests - took precedence over the final score.

"When you look at the traditions of NHL teams and their different eras in different buildings, the Flyers have had the most continuity and lost the least, at least in my mind," said 1980s era captain Dave Poulin.

Added Bill Barber, "The identity of this franchise and the connection with the fans is second to none. It started at the top with Mr. Snider and Keith Allen and Fred Shero to be a team than played the game the right way and to be a team. But none of this would be possible without our fans, who have always been so good to us and our families."

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POSTGAME 5: Downed in Beantown

Bruins tally three on special teams, double up Flyers, 6-3

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

A four-goal second period and a good day on special teams for the Bruins, led Boston to a 6-3 victory over the Flyers on Saturday.

After trading goals in the first period knotted up at 1-1, the second period saw a total of six goals scored. Four of those came from the Bruins, who received two power-play goals from David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron and two at even strength from Tory Krug and Zdeno Chara… The Flyers tallied twice on the power play - one from Brayden Schenn and the other from Wayne Simmonds with three seconds left to close within two heading into the third period.Video: PHI@BOS: Simmonds scores alone in front for PPG

Brad Marchand added an empty-netter for a five-point game in the final two minutes of a scoreless third to walk away with the win. Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for Boston, while Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 of 38 shots in the loss.

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OTF: Streit Returns, Lineup Changes

Forward Matt Read day-to-day, while defenseman Mark Streit returns

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

JAN. 14
1:09 p.m.

STREIT RETURNS, LINEUP CHANGES
Just prior to warmups, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that the club has loaned center Boyd Gordon to their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and activated defenseman Mark Streit from injured reserve.

Streit returns to the lineup after missing the last 13 games with his last appearance coming on Dec. 11 at Detroit. In 31 games, Streit has five goals and 16 points, including six points on the power play (1ppg-5ppa) this season, his fourth with the Flyers.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Bruins

The Flyers and the Bruins face off 1PM this afternoon, at the TD Garden.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 190 gp (68-91-21-10)

Leading Scorers: PHI: 40pts, Voracek (13g-27a) | BOS: 38pts, Marchand (15g-23a)

Power Play: (PHI: 34-for-150, 22.7%, 5th) (BOS: 22-for-138, 15.9%, 23rd)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 106-of-130, 81.5%, 17th) (BOS: 129-for-148, 87.2%, 2nd)

 

1. WHERE WE STAND

At 50 points, the Flyers sit in the second and final wild card position with 44 games played, while at 49 points the Bruins are in second place in the Atlantic Division with 45 games played… The Bruins play their first game at home since Jan. 5, returning home from a seven-day, four-game road trip where they went 2-1-1… The Flyers are looking to snap a seven-game winless skid on the road, going 0-5-2, with their last win coming against the Avalanche on Dec. 14 at Colorado.

 

2. WEEKEND WARRIORS

The Flyers head into the weekend playing their 11th set of back-to-backs this year and second of three straight back-to-back weekends after going 1-0-1 on Jan. 7-8… The Flyers own a 7-2-1 record in the first of games on back to backs and are 6-2-2 on the back end… This is also the third set of back-to-backs the Flyers have played both games on the road - in each of the first two sets they have won the first game and dropped the second game.

 

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Sunday's Flyers Game at Washington changed to 1PM

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The National Hockey League has changed the start time to 1:00 PM for Sunday's game between the Flyers and the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

The game will be televised on CSN in the Philadelphia region and nationally on NBC. Online streaming will be available at csnphilly.com/flyersstream or via the NBC Sports app.

Great seats for all remaining Flyers home games are available online at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or by calling 215.218.PUCK.

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