Monday night's overtime win over the Rangers marked the final preseason game on home ice for the Flyers, who now have only two road games to go before heading out to the West Coast to kick off the regular season.
Even though there's still a handful of work days left (and the two games), players are starting to get the feel that the regular season is quickly approaching.
Steve Mason noticed the difference in Monday's game against the Rangers in which he faced a more senior lineup and with only two goaltenders in camp, the likelihood of both Mason and Michal Neuvirth splitting the starts is high.
"That was probably the best lineup that we've faced so far this preseason and it was a good test," said Mason. "There are still some things that we're working on, but overall from a personal standpoint I'm feeling good, strong and feel like I'm reading the plays out there and I'm excited where my game is at."
One player getting his share of games in is forward Brayden Schenn, who despite having to sit out the first three games of the regular season due to a suspension from the playoffs last year, is preparing like he will be ready to go on Day 1.
"You have the mentality of feeling like you're going to play," added Schenn. "Obviously I have a longer break than most guys, but that's up to me to keep myself in game shape, mentally prepared and when I'm out for those three games I'll be watching from above and trying to learn from up there too."
Schenn has appeared in four of the possible six preseason games and shares the lead in scoring with four points (1g-3a) and a +2 rating.
He shares that lead with prospect Travis Konecny who has a pair of goals and assists and at 19 years old, is fighting for any playing time he can get to make a push to become a full time member of the Flyers roster.
For Konecny, and other players still on the camp roster, nothing changes from the beginning of camp because opportunity still exists out there in these last two games.
"We're pushing the envelope here a little bit," said Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol. "We're getting right down to it now but still we're going to complete the process and go through everything and keep staying on track with the plan we had right from the start which is to give guys as much opportunity as possible in every situation that we can."
GUDAS REACTS TO HIT & PENALTY
Defenseman Radko Gudas spoke to the media today for the first time since getting a pair of five minute majors and game misconduct in Monday's game for his hit on Rangers' rookie forward Jimmy Vesey and is relieved that there was no hearing for supplemental discipline from the League's Department of Player Safety.
"Obviously it's nice to hear that there's no hearing but overall I think we both made the wrong decision so I'm glad he's all right," said Gudas. Watch below for his full interview…
THE LAST PIECES RETURN
Tuesday's practice also saw the last pair of Flyers return from the World Cup of Hockey Tournament. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Mark Streit from Team Europe took part in their first practice and stayed on the ice for an extended period of time to get back into the swing of things.
Here from Bellemare and Streit, who talked to the media following practice: