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Practice Update: Gudas reacts, rare practice & stadium series

News, Notes and Storylines to come out of Flyers practice on Monday

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

After a day off from skating, but still taking part in the annual Flyers Wives Carnival on Sunday, the Flyers got back on the ice for a day of practice, which is rare considering the schedule will see them play three games in less than a four-day span.

"It's good to work on a couple things before we get going here," said captain Claude Giroux. "[There's] a lot of games in a lot of nights. We know that, but we kind of enjoy that. After these three games we're going to look back and we're going to be in a better position in the standings."

What's first on everyone's priority list is to snap the current skid the team is on, having dropped four straight. One small positive to take away is that they have earned at least a point in the standings in five of their last seven games. 

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OTF: Gudas suspended 10 games by NHL

Department of Player Safety hands down verdict on Flyers defenseman

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

The National Hockey League's department of player safety announced that they have suspended Flyers defenseman, Radko Gudas, for 10 games as a result of his penalty against Jets' forward Mathieu Perreault in the club's Nov. 16 game at Winnipeg.

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2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Announced

Flyers will play Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field

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

PLACE SEASON TICKETS DEPOSIT

The National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that the Philadelphia Flyers® will play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins® outdoors at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, as part of the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.

This will be part two in the outdoor "Battle for Pennsylvania." The Penguins took round one in 2017, playing to a crowd of more than 67,000 at Heinz Field when they edged out the Flyers in a 4-2 win. The game will be the Flyers fourth regular-season appearance outdoors, and the Penguins fifth such game. The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will mark the sixth consecutive year that Coors Light has been the title partner. 

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POSTGAME 5: Burned out

Flames nab extra point with 5-4 overtime win over Flyers

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

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
In a see-saw battle against Calgary at the Wells Fargo Center, a total of nine goals were scored, but it was Michael Frolik's tally in overtime that was the difference as the Flames took a 5-4 victory over the Flyers.

The Flyers charged out to an early lead off a goal from Brandon Manning that took a fortunate bounce off the post, then Mike Smith's back. Johnny Gaudreau tied it up on a breakaway and the Flyers took a 3-1 lead with goals from Couturier and Provorov, but Calgary responded with a pair of goals from Sean Monahan to draw even and 3-3.

Nolan Patrick gave the Flyers the lead after finding a rebound and roofing it backhand over Smith, but the Flames came right back as Monahan scored again to complete a hat trick.

In the overtime session, Mikael Backlund entered the Flyers zone on a 2 on 1 and found Frolik, who capitalized on a one-timer for the victory. Mike Smith stopped 35 of 39 shots, while Brian Elliott made 26 saves in the loss.

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OTF: Weal out vs. Flames

Forward to miss matinee game at Wells Fargo Center with upper-body injury

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

Prior to today's matinee game, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that forward Jordan Weal will not be in the lineup vs. Calgary due to an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day.

This will be Weal's third missed game this season after being sidelined with an upper-body injury for back-to-back games on Oct. 19 & 21. Weal has two goals and four assists for six points in 17 games this season while averaging 13:49 of ice time.

Weal had primarily been on a line with Valtteri Filppula centering and Travis Konecny on the right side, but also appeared in one game as center with Wayne Simmonds and Dale Weise on either side in the Flyers 3-0 loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

For more on today's game, check out the 5 THINGS you need to know before puck drop.

Today's start time is officially listed at 1:08 p.m. and can be viewed on the NBC Sports Philadelphia and listened live on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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5 THINGS: Flames vs. Flyers

The Flyers and the Flames face off 1PM this afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

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

Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-3: 19pts) vs. Calgary Flames (10-8-0: 20pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 1:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 1-1-0

All-Time Record: 117gp (59-42-12-4)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 23-PTS, Voracek (5g-18a)

CGY: 26-PTS, Gaudreau (8g-18a)

 

1. COMING INTO TODAY…

The Flyers come in looking to snap a three-game losing skid, but have earned points in the standings in four of their last six games… The Flyers will play five of their next seven games at home where they have points in six of nine games, going 4-3-2… After hosting a seven-game homestand for 18 days, the Flames play the second of their 12-day, six-game road trip after they dropped the first game, 8-2, at Detroit… This is the second matinee game this season - the Flyers earning a 2-1 win over Edmonton in the first… Dating back to last season, the Flyers have earned points in seven straight matinee games at the Wells Fargo Center, going 6-0-1 with their last loss coming on Nov. 25, 2016.

 

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Inside the Numbers: Penalty Kill Stepping Up

Meltzer takes a look at the Flyers PK unit and reasons for their recent success

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

Much of the focus on the Flyers in recent weeks has understandably centered around the team's struggles - at least beyond the top line trio of Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek - to score goals. The paucity of goals has overshadowed two interrelated positive trends: the Flyers' goaltending and penalty killing have both been strong overall thus far in November despite having to play through attrition on the blueline.

Through the first seven games of November, the Flyers are 20-for-24 (83.3 percent) on the penalty kill. With the exception of a bit of a letdown against Colorado, getting scored on twice on three shorthanded situations, the PK has been one of the Flyers brightest spots this month.

It's a time-honored hockey truism that goalies often have to be a team's best penalty killer. That's been true for the Flyers this month, as Brian Elliott has come with repeated huge saves on the penalty kill at vital times. Michal Neuvirth stepped up in the Flyers' upset win in St. Louis. 

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POSTGAME 5: Shot down in Winnipeg

Jets force comeback with late goal, take 3-2 shootout win over Flyers

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers broke out early and opened up a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes, but Mark Scheifele scored with 49 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Bryan Little tallied the final goal in the shootout to give the Jets a 3-2 win at Winnipeg.

Jakub Voracek snapped the Flyers goal skid three minutes into the game off a feed from Sean Couturier, who capitalized on the first power-play by slamming home a rebound to give the Flyers the early two-goal lead. 

That's the way it stayed until Mathieu Perreault brought the Jets within one on a power play goal of their own in the second period. The third remained scoreless until Scheifele's goal came with the goaltender pulled for a 6-on-5 advantage.

After a scoreless overtime with multiple chances on both sides, Jake Voracek and Jordan Weal tallied for the Flyers in the shootout, which took four rounds to decide. Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for the Flyers, while Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 30.

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OTF: Patrick returns to lineup tonight vs. Jets

Rookie forward makes his return after missing nine games

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

Following the team's morning skate in Winnipeg, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol announced that rookie forward Nolan Patrick is ready to go and will return to the lineup tonight at Winnipeg.

"He's handled things very well. He's got very good poise in all different situations and obviously being challenged with an injure early on isn't ideal, but again, it's another learning experience that a player has to handle and handle well."

This will be his first game action since leaving the Flyers-Ducks game on Oct. 24 with an upper-body injury that has caused him to miss nine games.

As for returning from injury, Patrick also noted that he's ready to go and won't have any hesitation to play his game. 

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Jets

The Flyers and the Jets face off 8PM tonight at the Bell MTS Centre.

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

Philadelphia Flyers (8-8-2: 18pts) at Winnipeg Jets (10-4-3: 23pts)

at Bell MTS Centre | Winnipeg, Manitoba

TIME: 8:00 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): 1-1-0

All-Time Record: 15gp (9-4-2)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 21-PTS, Voracek (4g-17a)

WPG: 23-PTS, Wheeler (5g-18a)

 

1. SET ON THE JETS

The Flyers and Jets meet for the first time this season after splitting the season series last year with each team winning on their home ice… The Flyers loss at Winnipeg last March snapped a six-game winning streak vs. the Jets… The Flyers also received all seven goals from different players last season… In addition, the Flyers have won nine of their last 12 games against the Jets, while earning at least a point in 11 of their last 13 meetings, going 9-2-2.

 

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