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Meltzer: Opportunity Awaits

Konecny update, Mrazek settles in and more from Flyers practice on Wednesday

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer /

The Flyers returned to practice on Wednesday, preparing for Thursday's meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Wells Fargo Center. For the Flyers, the game is an opportunity to, at bare minimum with a win, remain two points ahead (with a tiebreaker advantage) of the New Jersey Devils for third place in the Metropolitan Division and to continue to add a cushion to the current five-point advantage (plus tiebreaker edge) the Flyers have over lower wildcard team Columbus. 

"We've worked to be where we're at, but now we have to keep going," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. 

Here are four storylines from Wednesday's practice leading into Thursday's tilt.

1. Good news on Konecny

The Flyers had some encouraging news to report on the status of top line right winger Travis Konecny, who was in discomfort with a lower-body issue for much of Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens. Konecny is probable to play on Thursday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. 

Forward Jori Lehtera is dealing with an illness and did not practice on Wednesday. Otherwise, the Flyers had a full complement of players on the ice at the Skate Zone. 

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POSTGAME 5: 'Cek him out

Voracek plays the hero as Flyers down Habs, 3-2 in overtime

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Jake Voracek didn't settle for a game-tying goal in the final two minutes that merely forced overtime. He drove the puck into the zone, cut to the center and went top shelf on Carey Price to give the Flyers a 3-2 comeback victory over the Canadiens on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Jeff Petry scored the lone goal of the first period, firing a shot from the point through traffic and past a screened Alex Lyon, but the Flyers evened things up in the second frame when Nolan Patrick capitalize on a power play, redirecting a shot past Price that was set up from a nifty pass by Claude Giroux.

The Habs got a second goal to go up, 2-1, from Paul Byron with 11 minutes left in the third, and from there it stayed scoreless until 1:25 in the third period when Voracek scored his 12th of the year (more below). Alex Lyon secured his second career win with 25 saves on 27 shots, while Price stopped 30 of 33 to take the loss.

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OTF: Simmonds, Neuvirth injury updates

Flyers GM updates latest round of injuries ahead of game at morning skate

by @NHLFlyers /
Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Wayne Simmonds will be out 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury, while goaltender Michal Neuvirth will be out 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.
The announcement comes during the team's morning skate in preparation for their game vs. Montreal (7pm, NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).
Simmonds has appeared in all 59 games so far for the Flyers, recording 37 points (20g-17a) along with four game-winning goals. This marked the fifth consecutive seasons he has scored 20 or more goals, and six of his seven seasons as a Flyer - the only season he produced less than 20 goals was the 48-game lockout shortened season in 2012-13 when he potted 15 goals in 45 games.
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5 THINGS: Canadiens vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Canadiens face off 7PM tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by @NHLFlyers /

Philadelphia Flyers (30-19-10: 70pts) vs. Montreal Canadiens (22-29-7: 51pts)

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



Season Series: 1-0-0

All-Time Record: 191gp (74-80-37)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 69-pts, Giroux (20g-49a)

MTL: 35-pts, Pacioretty (16g-19a)



The Flyers return home after another weekend sweep on the road which brings their current point streak to eight straight games with a 6-0-2 record... In that span, the Flyers have outscored their opponent, 30-20, with 25 of their 30 goals coming at even strength... The Flyers have also gone perfect on the penalty kill in six of the eight games, including a current streak of five straight games in which the last two they have not allowed the opposition a power-play opportunity... Four Flyers are averaging over a point per-game pace during the eight-game streak, led by Giroux (5g-6a) and Konecny (4g-7a) with 11 points, while Gostisbehere has 10 points (10a) and Couturier has nine points (3g-6a).


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Flyers acquire G Petr Mrazek from Detroit

26-year-old Czech netminder to join Flyers in exchange for draft picks

by @NHLFlyers /

The Philadelphia Flyers announced they have acquired goaltender Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third round draft pick in 2019.

Below are news & notes on Mrazek:


POSITION: Goaltender

PREVIOUS TEAM: Detroit Red Wings

DRAFTED: 2010 (5th Round, 141st Overall) - Detroit Red Wings

AGE: 26 (2/14/1992)

BORN: Ostrava, Czech Republic

VITALS: 6'2", 181 pounds


TWITTER: @pmrazek34

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OTF: Flyers recall Oskar Lindblom, loan Anthony Stolarz to Phantoms

Flyers make roster moves ahead of Tuesday's game vs. Montreal

by @NHLFlyers /
The Philadelphia Flyers announced tonight the following transaction, according to general manager Ron Hextall:
The Flyers have recalled left wing Oskar Lindblom from their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and have activated goaltender Anthony Stolarz from Injured, Non-Roster and loaned him to Lehigh Valley.
Lindblom will be available for Tuesday's game vs. Montreal wearing #54, and should he be in the lineup, would be his NHL debut.
This is Lindblom's first recall to the Flyers, who joins the team after posting 16 goals and 34 points through 54 games with Lehigh Valley, his first full season with the Phantoms. Lindblom has recorded goals in each of the last three games for the Phantoms and has points in four of his last five contests. He represented the Phantoms in the AHL All-Star Classic in late January.
Lindblom also appeared in four preseason games for the Flyers in training camp, where he recorded a goal and an assist.
Stolarz, who has spent the entire 2017-18 season recovering from left knee surgery prior to training camp in September, joins the Phantoms after missing the entire season with his injury.
Last season, Stolarz posted a 18-9-0 record with the Phantoms, while also spending significant time with the Flyers. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 27, 2016 where he stopped 29 of 32 shots to earn his first career win in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames. In his second career NHL start, he stopped all 28 shots for a 1-0 overtime win at Detroit for his first NHL shutout… The game was also the Flyers final game at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
Overall, he appeared in seven games for the Flyers in 2016-17 posting a 2-1-1 record with a 2.07 GAA and .928 save percentage.
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Meltzer: Surging into stretch drive

Recent streak has Flyers eyeing possible home ice, even top spot in the Metro

by @NHLFlyers /
With 23 games remaining on their 2017-18 regular season schedule, the Philadelphia Flyers sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 70 points and 29 regulation or overtime wins (ROW) among the team's 30 overall victories and 10 single-point efforts.
Do not underestimate the importance of the ROW category, because it could be crucial in the final standings.
In the battle for third place in the Metro, the Flyers and New Jersey Devils are tied in points but the Flyers are ahead in the standings via the ROW tiebreaker (29-27 advantage for Philly). They are three points (30-29 ROW disadvantage) behind the Washington Capitals for second place, with the Caps having 24 games remaining. The Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won five straight games and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, took over first place on Sunday night. The Penguins have 74 points and 33 ROW with 21 games left on their schedule.
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Flyers to Donate AED Devices to Local Youth Facilities

Every Time Team Wins a Game in Overtime

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The Philadelphia Flyers are proud to launch a new partnership with local non-profit Simon's Heart this Thursday, February 22 as the team takes on the Columbus Blue Jackets for Heart Health Night.

Every year, 350,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States - it's the #1 cause of death for adults and student athletes. It impacts hockey at all levels, and because of this, the Flyers and Simon's Heart are launching the Flyers GotAED Overtime Challenge to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest as well as to reduce sudden death among student athletes in the community.

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POSTGAME 5: Big Win in Big Apple

Flyers keep streak going with 7-4 victory over Rangers

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The Flyers posted seven goals, three fighting majors and got a stellar performance in net from Alex Lyon in relief to earn a 7-4 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

Today's matinee at MSG began with a six-goal first period with tallies from Andrew MacDonald, Scott Laughton and Brandon Manning as the teams skated to a 3-3 tie after 20 minutes, but lost starting goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a lower-body injury.

Alex Lyon entered for the final 40 minutes and the Flyers took over the rest of the way behind his performance, outscoring the Rangers, 4-1. Linemates Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny each posted three-point games with a goal and two assists, while Ivan Provorov was a +4.

Lyon stopped 25 of 26 shots, including all 12 in the third period to earn his first career win. Henrik Lundqvist allowed all seven goals, stopping 30 shots in the loss.

Video: Giroux, Lyon lead Flyers past Rangers, 7-4

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Rangers

The Flyers take on the Rangers in a Sunday matinee on NBC

by @NHLFlyers /
Philadelphia Flyers (29-19-10: 68pts) at New York Rangers (27-27-5: 59pts)
at Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
TIME: Noon | TV: NBC | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 0-1-0
All-Time Record: 290gp (122-122-46)
Leading Scorers:
PHI: 66-pts, Giroux (19g-47a)
NYR: 40-pts, Zuccarello (9g-31a)
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