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OTF: Flyers recall Matt Read from Phantoms

Forward joins the team from Lehigh Valley

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

3:00 p.m. 

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have recalled forward Matt Read from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Read will be available for tonight's Flyers-Predators game at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic).

With the Phantoms, Read has appeared in all five games recording one goal and a plus-1 rating with seven shots. During Flyers training camp, he also played in four preseason games for the Flyers, recording four shots on goal.

He was originally loaned to Lehigh Valley on Oct. 3, prior to the club sending in their 23-man roster to the NHL to begin the season. An injury to defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the final preseason game had the Flyers keep eight defensemen for their travel to California for the season opening road trip. 

The move brings the Flyers roster 23 players with 14 forwards and seven defensemen as they prepare to take on Nashville in the third of their five-game homestand, which they are currently 2-0-0.

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5 THINGS: Predators vs. Flyers

The Flyers take on the Predators for a second time this season, tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

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

Philadelphia Flyers (4-2-0: 8pts) vs. Nashville Predators (3-2-1: 7pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

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

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 25gp (12-5-3-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 10-PTS, Gostisbehere (1g-9a), Voracek (10a)

NSH: 9-PTS, Forsberg (5g-4a)

 

1. HELLO AGAIN 

With their seventh game of the season, the Flyers close out the season series against the Predators after suffering a heartbreaking loss in the final minutes of their first meeting eight days ago… The Predators scored three unanswered, including two power-play goals in the final 1:17 of the third period to walk away with a 6-5 win in regulation… The game saw consecutive goals scored in bunches as Nashville opened the game with three straight tallies, followed by five consecutive goals from the Flyers, then ending with the Preds scoring three unanswered - all in the third period… The Flyers have never been swept in a season series that was two games or more by Nashville in team history.

 

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Speed, Skills and Thrills!

A look at the reasons why Philly is flying to early success

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

In hockey, speed kills but quickness is even more important. The Flyers ability to pressure the puck and turn defense into offense -- or to create turnovers with their forecheck -- has been one of the most notable developments of the early season. 

Over the course of the last year, the Flyers' team speed and skill level has been upgraded. That means little, though, without opportunities to use it. Thus far, Philadelphia is generating such opportunities with regularity. Here are five reasons why the Flyers appear to be a faster team and why the club has the NHL's second-best goal differential (26 goals scored, 16 goals against) through six games.

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POSTGAME 5: Rolling Right Along

Flyers continue to dominate at home with 5-1 win over Panthers

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

After a scoreless first period, the Flyers exploded for four goals in the second to take a commanding lead and eventually a 5-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers.

Following the last few seconds of a penalty entering the second period Sean Couturier continued his hot play and got the Flyers on the board a minute into the action, while Shayne Gostisbehere tallied his first goal of the season to make it 2-0. 

After Claude Giroux put the Flyers up by three (see turning point below), they added added their fourth and final goal of the period on a nice finish from Dale Weise that began with Travis Konecny's speed, combined with an incredible pass from rookie Nolan Patrick.

Michal Neuvirth's 40-save performance was blemished only by a third-period power-play goal from Jamie McGinn before Valtteri Filppula added an empty-netter. Luongo stopped 34 of 38 shots in the loss.

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5 THINGS: Panthers vs. Flyers

The Flyers take on the Panthers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

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

Philadelphia Flyers (3-2-0: 6pts) vs. Florida Panthers (2-2-0: 4pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

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

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 3-0-0

All-Time Record: 92gp (51-29-7-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 9-PTS, Voracek (9a)

FLA: 5-PTS, Huberdeau (3g-2a), Dadonov (1g-4a)

 

1. THE CARRY OVER 

The Flyers come into tonight's game riding an 8-2 win in their home opener on Saturday… Dating back to last season, the Flyers are unbeaten in regulation on home ice in their last eight games (7-0-1)… The Flyers are looking to win two straight games for the first time this season and are looking to score the game's first goal for the second consecutive game - they have won all three games this season when scoring first.

 

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PRACTICE UPDATE: Confident group ready for Panthers

Storylines to emerge from Monday's practice as Flyers continue homestand

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

The Flyers were back to practice on Monday after a full day off in preparation to continue their five-game homestand on Tuesday (Tickets still available, starting at $39). Next up, the Florida Panthers who are in town early coming from their last game - a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh.

Below are some news, notes & storylines from practice:

Video: Hear from the team as they prepare for FLA

TURNING THE PAGE

Coming off a dominant, 8-2 win over the Washington Capitals, not many changes in practice as far as lines and d-pairings. What also isn't changing is the Flyers attitude heading into Tuesday's game, as opposed to Saturday's game vs. Washington after coming off a tough loss to Nashville.

"Well I think everybody in the locker room, knows that winning a game like this doesn't mean anything in a whole season," said Radko Gudas. "It's a good feeling to get the home opener like that, but there's another game on the line tomorrow. A different team, a different approach to it so we have to make sure we turn the page same as we would have lost."

There wasn't much didn't click in the win over the Caps. The most obvious being the puck went in the net… and at even strength. The power-play got on the board, even with only two opportunities, and the penalty kill was perfect for the third time in four games. 

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A Journey Four Years in the Making

Why rookie Robert Hagg is living proof the Flyers development process is paying off

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

Flyers rookie defenseman Robert Hagg is only 22 years of age. He only seems older. 

This stems partially from the poise and maturity of his game and partially because his name first circulated in NHL scouting circles when he was 16. Between then and now, Hagg has taken an arduous path to the National Hockey League but is now paying dividends for the Flyers.

Placed on a blueline pairing in training camp with third-year pro Shayne Gostisbehere, Hagg ran with the opportunity in a quiet and efficient way that has continued early in the regular season. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol has liked what he's seen from the duo so far, both individually and as a pair.

"Just a real sound player. I think he empowers his partner, in this case Ghost, to go out and do the things that he does well. I think the two of them have competed hard. I thought defensively they had a little bit of chemistry, which is really important. I like the composure of Robert's game," Hakstol said.

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POSTGAME 5: Eight is Enough

Flyers flatten Caps in home opener, 8-2

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers opened their home building in extravagant fashion as they put up eight goals in an 8-2 rout of their division rival, Washington Capitals on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Sean Couturier opened the scoring and, after a Caps goal to even things up, Scott Laughton (shorthanded) and Wayne Simmonds (power play) scored a pair of special teams goals to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead. A 4-1 lead off a goal from Claude Giroux, quickly became 4-2 with Caps' Nicklas Backstrom striking 13 seconds later, but from there the Flyers rattled off four unanswered goals including three in the third period to put an exclamation mark on the first of a five-game homestand.

Brian Elliott got his fourth start of the season and picked up the win by stopping 21 of 23 shots, while Philipp Brubauer faced 37 shots, surrendering all eight goals for Washington.

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5 THINGS: Capitals vs. Flyers

The Flyers are finally back home again tonight to take on the Capitals.

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

Philadelphia Flyers (2-2-0: 4pts) vs. Washington Capitals (3-1-1: 7pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

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

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 1-2-1

All-Time Record: 211gp (111-73-19-8)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 6pts, Voracek (6a)

WSH: 10pts, Ovechkin (9g-1a), Backstrom (2g-8a), Kuznetsov (10a) 

 

1. ITS GOOD TO BE 

The Flyers return home to the Wells Fargo Center to open up a five-game homestand - this is just the third time in team history the Flyers open their home schedule with five consecutive games… Dating back to last season, the Flyers won six of their last seven games at home and going unbeaten in regulation in all seven games (6-0-1)… Overall, they had a 25-11-5 record at home, which was the fourth best home record in the Eastern Conference and ninth best home record in the NHL… The Flyers recorded 2.85 goals per-game at home last year, compared to 2.32 on the road, while allowing significantly less goals at home last year at 2.46, compared to 3.17 allowed on the road. 

 

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PRACTICE UPDATE: Rare Division game, power-play and more

Flyers expect wild, playoff-like atmosphere with home opener vs. Caps

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

A second full day of practice saw more battle drills, work down low and along the boards, and of course more work on special teams. For the most part lines and combinations stayed the same. 

Below are a few storylines and notes to come out of the skate in preparation for the club's home opener vs. Washington on Saturday:

Video: Giroux, Gostisbehere and Laughton after practice

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