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OTF: Neuvirth Back In, MacDonald Out

News, Notes & Quotes to come out of the morning skate in Vancouver

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Some news & notes to come out of the morning skate at Rogers Arena prior to tonight's game:

CANUCKS REST & RESET
- The Canucks had just a handful of players participate in their morning skate due to it being the second of back-to-backs.

Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins did confirm that Ryan Miller will get the start against the Flyers. It will be the second straight start for Miller, who stopped 35 of 36 shots in last night's 2-1 overtime win over the Flames.

NEUVIRTH AGAIN
- For the fourth straight game, Michal Neuvirth will get the start in net for the Flyers. He hopes to rebound after allowing six goals in a loss to the Oilers in Edmonton, but prior to that had been on a roll, allowing just two goals or less in his last six games.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Canucks

The Flyers and the Canucks face off tonight 10PM, at Rogers Arena.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 118 gp (72-33-13-0)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 48pts, Voracek (14g-34a)

VAN: 39pts, Horvat (18g-21a)

Power Play: (PHI: 41-for-199, 20.6%, 11th) (VAN: 26-for-175, 14.8%, 28th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 140-of-173, 80.9%, 18th) (VAN: 125-for-158, 79.1%, 24th)

 

1. TWO IN A ROW(S)

The Flyers have won two straight against the Canucks dating back to last season, but have also dropped two straight playing at Vancouver… This is the second and final meeting of the year against the Canucks with the Flyers earning a 5-4 shootout win at home on Jan. 12 in a game that saw 73 shots and eight goals scored… Ten Flyers recorded at least a point in the game, led by Sean Couturier with (1g-1a), while forward Markus Granlund had two goals and a +3 rating for Vancouver.

 

2. YOU SAY HELLO, WE SAY GOODBYE

The Canucks recently finished off a season-high, 11-day, six-game road trip from Feb. 7-16 and play the second of a four-game homestand after they earned a 2-1 overtime win over Calgary last night… Tonight marks the fifth time this season the Flyers will be playing an opponent who is entering the second of games on back to back nights, while they are not… The Canucks are 5-7-0 in the second game, but have only played the second game on home ice twice this year, going 1-1-0… The Flyers are wrapping up their six-day, three-game road trip through Western Canada and are looking for their first win of the trip. 

 

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Practice Update: End on a good note

Flyers look to end road trip on good footing and climb back into playoff picture

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

After back to back games in Alberta didn't go the way the Flyers wanted them to, the task remains to forget and move on because an opportunity to salvage two points is crucial as the Flyers take on the Canucks on Sunday.

"It's huge. We didn't get the results in the last two games and we didn't play bad in any way, but we just didn't get any points so it's even more important that we have a really good game and get those two points," added Mark Streit.

Rarely have the Flyers dropped three straight games in regulation. It's happened just twice this year and on each occasion, it has spanned over a long break. The Flyers dropped two games before the Christmas holiday, then five days off, and dropped the first game afterwards. The same scenario occurred with the Flyers dropping the first two games heading into the five-day bye week break in January and dropping the first game back.

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POSTGAME 5: Downed in Oil Country

Flyers drop 6-3 contest in first game at Rogers Place

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Brayden Schenn recorded a goal and an assist, but the Oilers used a three-goal second period to get out to a 5-1 lead, eventually earning a 6-3 victory over the Flyers.

Matt Hendricks got the Oilers out to an early 1-0 lead with a shot from the left circle, beating Michal Neuvirth. The Flyers challenged the goal, which seemed to have been off-sides, so the call was not overturned. The Oilers extended their leading heading into the second period with a tap-in goal from Leon Draisaitl.

The second frame saw five total goals scored with the Oilers recording three in between Flyers goals from Radko Gudas to start the period and Wayne Simmonds near the end of the frame.

Schenn pulled the Flyers within two with a power-play goal, but Connor McDavid scored the sixth goal to seal the win. Neuvirth stopped 19 shots in the loss, while Cam Talbot made 33 saves for the Oilers.

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Building Hope For Kids Home Revealed

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017 was the day we have been waiting and working for! This was the day that Syrianna and her family would see their new home for the first time.

The Flyers Wives, players, and staff, along with Michael's Way, Fastrack Construction, and the local community gathered together early Sunday afternoon outside the family's home in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia. Even with the steady rain, there was no shortage of energy or emotion as we all helped welcome Syrianna and her family HOME!

As Michael's Way and Fastrack Construction helped set-up tents and tables, the DJ started playing music, Chickie's & Pete's and ACME provided the food, neighbors started gathering from near and far, and kids and parents alike played street hockey as we waited for Syrianna and her family to arrive home. Paul Holmgren, Joe Mullen and Erin Read all jumped in for some street hockey with the kids! Flyers players, wives and staff joined the fun, signed autographs and took pictures with fans! Flyers giveaways, hats and goodie bags were provided to the community, as well, as we all waited for home reveal.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Oilers

The Flyers and the Oilers face off tonight 9:00PM, at Rogers Place.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 72 gp (33-30-8-1)

Leading Scorers

PHI: 47pts, Voracek (14g-33a)

EDM: 63pts, McDavid (18g-45a)

Power Play: (PHI: 40-for-196, 20.8%, T-11th) (EDM: 36-for-176, 20.4%, T-11th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 140-of-173, 80.9%, 18th) (EDM: 134-for-164, 81.7%, 14th)

 

1. NO REST FOR THE WEARY

The Flyers enter the second of games on back-to-back days after taking a 3-1 loss to the Flames at Calgary… This is the 14th of 18 sets of back-to-backs and they own an 8-3-2 record in second games, including two straight wins in that scenario… The Flyers are also 4-1-0 in the second of back-to-backs after losing the first game… This is also the 11th time that the Flyers have played the second game on the road and 10th time that the visiting team has not played the night before.

 

2. OIL COUNTRY

Edmonton has dropped four of their last six games but have rallied as of late, earning a 5-2 win in their last game, vs. Arizona, and winning two of their last three… The Oilers have a winning record against every other division, except the Metropolitan Division, going 5-7-0… Cam Talbot has started the Oilers last eight games in net, going 4-4-0… Former Flyer draft pick, Patrick Maroon, has goals in two straight games and ranks second on the team with 20 goals this season, which is a new career high.

 

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POSTGAME 5: Burned by the Flames

Cousins gets Flyers on the board early, but Flames shut down Flyers for 3-1 win

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers got out to an early 1-0 lead, scoring on their first shot, but Brian Elliott stopped all 33 shots after that as the Flames edged the Flyers 3-1 on Wednesday night in Calgary.

In an opening period full of action, the teams traded goals in nearly identical fashion within the first five minutes. Nick Cousins scored on the Flyers first shot when he slammed home a centering pass from Matt Read, while rookie Matthew Tkachuk scored to draw Calgary even.

The Flyers failed to capitalize on seven minutes of power-play time, including a five-minute major in which they had a full two minutes of a 5-on-3. They dominated most of the play in the second period, but a seeing-eye shot from the point by TJ Brodie snuck past Neuvirth to give the Flames a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Flames shut the door in the third period and added an empty netter to seal the win. Neuvirth stopped 20 of 22 shots in the loss.

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OTF: Lyubimov re-enters the lineup

News & Notes from the morning skate in Calgary

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

Following the Flyers morning skate at the Saddledome in Calgary, there was one change to the lineup to come out of the media sessions. Forward Roman Lyubimov will re-enter the lineup after sitting out the last game vs. San Jose.

Lyubimov was taking part in line rushes at the skate alongside Chris VandeVelde and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, a duo that he has been quite familiar with and playing with most of the season when he has been in the lineup. Coming out will be forward Dale Weise.

"It's a good opportunity for him to go in there and we know that line will be a good, reliable line here on the road," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol on Lyubimov.

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Flames

The Flyers and the Flames face off tonight 9:30PM, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 116 gp (59-41-12-4)

Leading Scorers

PHI: 47pts, Voracek (14g-33a)

CGY: 38pts, Backlund (15g-23a)

Power Play: (PHI: 40-for-192, 20.8%, 10th) (CGY: 39-for-188, 20.7%, 11th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 137-of-170, 80.6%, 18th) (CGY: 164-for-204, 80.4%, 19th)

 

1. OH CANADA

The Flyers head out on their three-game trip through Western Canada after wrapping up a five-game homestand… The Flyers have not had much success on this trip the last two seasons, going 0-2-1 each year for a combined 0-4-2 mark, but went a perfect 3-0-0 in 2013-14… After dropping the first four games, the Flyers have won seven straight games against teams from Canada, posting a record of 7-3-1 against Canadian teams.

 

2. FEELING SWEEPY

This the second and final meeting of the year against the Flames with the Flyers looking to sweep Calgary for the first time since 2013-14… The Flyers won the first game, 5-3, on Nov. 27 in Philly with a total of 75 shots recorded (PHI: 43 | CGY: 32)… The Flyers received all five goals from different players as four players recorded two points (1g-1a - Simmonds, Voracek, Lyubimov & VandeVelde)… The Flames defense had five points as TJ Brodie recorded (1g-1a), Dougie Hamilton (2a) and captain Mark Giordano had one helper.

 

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Prospect Update: Madsen, Harvard capture Beanpot Tour

Flyers goaltending prospect backstops Crimson to first Beanpot title in 24 years

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

Merrick Madsen stopped 14 of 17 shots as Harvard took home the Beanpot Tournament title with a 6-3 win over a powerhouse Boston University squad on Monday.

The win was Harvard's 11th overall Beanpot Championship, but first since 1993. The annual tournament, which pits all four Boston area Division I men's ice hockey colleges against each other (Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern and Harvard) for a mini tournament, dates back to the 1952-53 season.

In the first game, Harvard edged Northeastern by a score of 4-3 with Madsen stopping 27 of 30 shots directed at him, including 15 shots in the final period to hold on for the win.

Monday's victory was also Madsen's sixth consecutive win for Harvard, who has also gone undefeated in their last eight games, going 7-0-1, and holds the #3 ranking in NCAA Men's D-I hockey.

Madsen has appeared in all 25 games for Harvard and now owns an 18-5-2 record to go along with a 2.25 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. The 18 wins matches his career high from last season, his first full year.

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