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Gudas suspended two games by the NHL

Flyers defenseman handed two-game ban for high-sticking

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The National Hockey League's department of player safety announced they have suspended Flyers defenseman, Radko Gudas, for two games as a result of high-sticking penalty against Lightning's Nikita Kucherov.

The incident occurred with 4:08 left in the third period in the club's Feb. 19 game vs. Tampa Bay. For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please see below: 

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Stadium Series Countdown: It's on our turf now

Flyers eager to exact revenge in long awaited outdoor home-and-home after two years

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

The 2019 Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field will be the fourth outdoor game in Flyers' history (two Winter Classics, two Stadium Series), the second to be held in Philadelphia, and the second between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Two years ago, the teams clashed in the 2017 Stadium Series at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, with a Flyers comeback bid falling shot in a 4-2 loss.

Entering the previous Stadium Series game, the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins boasted a 37-14-18 record entering the Stadium Series and were eventually on their way to their second straight Cup. The Flyers, in a 2-5-1 tailspin entering the game, were 28-25-7. 

The temperature at the opening faceoff was 36 degrees Fahrenheit but blustery crosswinds made it feel much colder. With the winds kicking up, the teams switched sides at the start of the third period (with the long change for the first 10 minutes, ala the second period) and then switched back at the 10-minute mark. 

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Roster Announced For Flyers Alumni Showdown on Friday, Feb. 22

Former Flyer Scott Hartnell to lace up for his first alumni game

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

The Philadelphia Flyers Alumni are set to face off against alumni from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation on Friday night at the Class of '23 Arena on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. ahead of the opening faceoff.

Appearing at the game will be a roster of former Flyers from several different eras, including Scott Hartnell who recently retired and will make his first appearance in an alumni game.

Full roster:

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POSTGAME 5: Struck Down

Lightning jump on Flyers early to walk away with a 5-2 win

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Lightning struck for three goals in the opening 10 minutes in the first period to eventually take a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

JT Miller posted a goal and an assist, including the game winner, while Sean Couturier assisted on both Flyers goals as the teams traded a pair of goals each in the third period. 

Louie Domingue stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win. Carter Hart got the start, but allowed three goals on nine shots and was pulled in favor of Brian Elliott, who stopped 22 of 23 shots in relief.

Stars of the Game:
1 - JT Miller (1g-1a)
2 - Sean Couturier (2a)
3 - Erik Cernak (+1)

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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Lightning

Hart, Flyers to get big test tonight and other storylines to come out of the morning skate

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will clash at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night when the Flyers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers held a 10:30 a.m. morning skate in Voorhees on Tuesday and here are some notes and news from the session:

* Questions around the locker room was what to expect facing the NHL's-leading team. Flyers captain Claude Giroux noted an emphasis on just limiting opportunities.

GIROUX: "They're just a team that if you give them opportunities, they're going to find ways to hurt you. They have a lot of tools and players that can make special plays, and for us it's a very good challenge and good test to see where we stand." 

* Carter Hart will get the start in goal; the first time in the rookie's NHL career that he will play three times in four nights. Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said that having three nights off last week and Anthony Stolarz (now with Edmonton) playing last Tuesday in Minnesota factored in getting Hart enough rest to handle the busy workload.

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Wells Fargo Center Reveals Next Phase of Transformation 2020 Advancements

Comcast Spectacor Commissions Complete Redesign and Major Enhancements Throughout the Arena's Main Concourse Level and Lower Bowl

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

On the heels of last week's Kinetic 4K Scoreboard unveil, Comcast Spectacor today introduced the next chapter of "Transformation 2020" advancements that are reshaping the Wells Fargo Center's live event experience. The next phase of the $250 million, multi-year initiative surrounds significant upgrades throughout the arena's Main Concourse level, which will deliver an impressive and energizing welcome to every guest who enters the venue. To be completed by the Fall of 2019, the next wave of enhancements embody the largest investment and most impactful improvements since the arena first opened its doors in 1996.

Video: Main Concourse & Lower Bowl Redesign

Among the many exciting developments include a re-conceptualized approach to dining and social interaction throughout the arena's Main Concourse level, 8,000 brand new seats within the lower bowl, a concierge-style box office and a dynamic LED video and lighting system that reacts in real time to carry the energy of the game to every corner of the Wells Fargo Center, including the concourse. 

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5 THINGS: TBL vs. PHI

The Flyers enter tonight's game looking for their fourth straight win as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (28-24-7, 63pts) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (45-11-4, 94pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-0-2

All-Time Record: 99gp (47-37-8-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 61-pts, Giroux (17g-44a)

TBL: 94-pts, Kucherov (27g-67a)

 

1. HOT STUFF

The Flyers enter tonight's game looking for their fourth straight win and are on a streak that has seen them gain a point in 13 of their last 14 games, going 12-1-1 since Jan. 14, which is the best winning percentage (.892) and tied for the most points (25) in the NHL... Prior to Jan. 14, the Flyers sat in 31st (last place) in the NHL with a 16-23-6 record with 38 points, which was 15 points behind the final wild card spot in the East... Compared to today, where they are T-16th in the NHL with a 28-24-7 record and 63 points, which sits just six points away from the first AND second wild card position in the East, as well as the third slot in the Metropolitan Division.

 

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Stadium Series Countdown: Another Huge Start for Hart?

Carter Hart recalls his only other outdoor game on the world's biggest stage

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

The Flyers have two vitally important games to play against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and in Montreal on Thursday before they can focus on their 2019 Stadium Series contest against Pittsburgh at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23. Much can happen between now and then, and the Flyers need every point they can get before Saturday.

As of now, there is a good chance that standout 20-year-old rookie goaltender Carter Hart will be tabbed for Saturday's outdoor game. If so, it will be his first NHL outdoor game but not his first experience with big-stage outdoor hockey.

On Dec. 29, 2017, Hart played a World Junior Championship preliminary round game for Team Canada against Team USA at New Era Field in suburban Buffalo. This time around, while the caliber of opposition will be even higher, the playing conditions will almost certainly be more favorable. 

At present, the weather forecasts call for temperatures in the low 40s with relatively calm winds. Barring a major shift, Saturday's conditions will be a stark contrast to what Hart experienced on that afternoon in Buffalo some 13 months and 25 days prior to the Stadium Series. 

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POSTGAME 5: Feeling Sweepy

Lindblom tallies twice as Flyers sweep back-to-back and season series with 3-1 win over Detroit

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Oskar Lindblom recorded a pair of goals and Carter Hart stopped 37 of 38 shots to help the Flyers sweep the weekend and season series with a 3-1 win against the Red Wings in Detroit on Sunday evening.

Lindblom scored the lone goal of the period on a re-direct from Sean Couturier, while Darren Helm brought the Red Wings back to even after 40 minutes. Ivan Provorov scored early in the third to give the Flyers a one-goal lead and Lindblom added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

Jonathan Bernier stopped nine of 10 shots in the first period but was injured and replaced by Jimmy Howard, who stopped 11 of 12 to absorb the loss. 

Stars of the Game:
1 - Carter Hart (37 saves)
2 - Anthony Mantha (7 shots)
3 - Ivan Provorov (1g-GWG)

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MELTZER: A look in to the Talbot deal

Flyers contributor gives his take on the acquisition of Cam Talbot

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

Flyers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher and new goaltender Cam Talbot held media conference calls on Saturday. Here are four key takeaways from what was said on both:

1) CALCULATED RISK 

Talbot, a potential unrestricted free agent this summer, said he was open to re-signing with the Flyers and extended his list of teams to whom he'd accept a trade to include the Flyers. 

In the meantime, Fletcher said the organization had interest in getting a preview of the 31-year-old veteran, who is friends and training partners with Flyers rookie prodigy Carter Hart. Although he has had a rough season this year, Talbot has a good past track record. 

Two seasons ago with Edmonton, Talbot placed fourth in the Vezina Trophy balloting. 

Said Talbot: "I've had some pretty good success over here in the Metro [Division] and it's kind of come full circle for me. My first NHL game was against Philly, so it's an exciting time for me and my family.'

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