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Prospect Update: The NCAA Nine

Bill Meltzer checks into the Flyers pool of prospects starting their collegiate season

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

With the exception of Yale University sophomore defenseman Jack St. Ivany, the NCAA regular seasons have been underway for a couple weeks for the nine of the 10 Flyers prospects playing collegiate hockey this season. The Ivy League regular season starts in early November.

Here is a quick look at how the nine players fared this weekend, and for the season overall. (Players listed alphabetically)

Wade Allison (RW, Western Michigan, senior): This weekend was a tough one for Allison, as he had to leave the game both on Friday (high-sticked, bleeding from the forehead) and the first period on Saturday. He soon returned to the ice in Friday's 2-1 loss at Bowling Green. Saturday's stint in a 2-1 OT loss to Bowling Green was abbreviated. He has one point so far in four regular season games.

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POSTGAME 5: Star Struck

Flyers snake-bitten in 4-1 loss to Dallas

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers dropped their fourth straight game and the Dallas Stars snapped a five-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night.

Sean Couturier tallied to give the Flyers an early lead they couldn't hold. Roope Hintz, Esa Lindell and veteran winger Corey Perry scored for the Stars, while defenseman Miro Heiskanen added an empty-netter.

Carter Hart went extraordinarily long stretches without seeing any shots. He finished with 10 saves on 13 shots. Dallas had only two shots on Hart -- one goal -- plus an empty netter in the third period. Ben Bishop was much busier, stopping 35 of 36.

Three Stars:
1st: Corey Perry (1g-2a)
2nd: Roope Hintz (1g, +2)
3rd: Ben Bishop (38 saves on 39 shots)

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Drop The Puck Already: Flyers-Stars

Both teams opt out of morning skate, storylines & lineup for tonight's game

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

Two teams hungry for a much-needed win will clash at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday when Alain Vigneault's Flyers (2-2-1) take on Flyers/Phantoms alum Jim Montgomery's Dallas Stars (1-7-1). 

Both teams opted not to skate in the morning, however below are news & notes from Flyers/Stars recent practice & media availability. 

* The Flyers are returning home from a tough road trip that saw them take only one of six possible points in western Canada. The club played four their first five games across four different time zones -- to a man, the Flyers say the time-zone hopping was not an excuse for the 0-2-1 result of the western Canada trip. Nevertheless, they are looking forward to spending some time at home, getting back into a normalized routine and practicing at the familiar confines of the Skate Zone in Voorhees.

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5 Things: Stars vs. Flyers

The Flyers return home after spending four of their first five away from the Wells Fargo Center

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (2-2-1, 5pts) vs. Dallas Stars (1-7-1, 3pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 37gp (14-12-9-2)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 7-pts, Travis Konecny (3g-4a)
DAL: 5-pts, Roope Hintz (1g-4a)

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Flyers announce third jersey schedule for 2019-20

Check out when the Flyers will be wearing their black alternate jerseys this season

by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

Check out when the Flyers will be wearing their black alternate jerseys this season below:

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Therien's Take: Chirps and Paybacks

by Chris Therien @ctherien6

Recent events got me to thinking about some of my favorite chirping-related stories from my hockey career. Having played for over a decade in the NHL and having been around the game for the better part of my life, there were a lot to choose from!

I'm going to limit it to three of the best stories I remember from my playing adventures on the ice: stories that still bring me almost to tears of laughter in recalling. I hope they translate well to written form with the language cleaned up a bit for family-friendly reading. They are probably funnier via uncensored verbal retelling but I think the spirit of the thing will come through.

Nowadays, the Flyers' most active chirper is Travis Konecny and there are still many others around the league but it's much more measured stuff for the most part. Having been on the ice as a player and stood between the benches for several years as a broadcaster, there's not much I haven't heard.

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MELTZER: Oskar worthy

Flyers contributor on how confidence, production soaring for Flyers winger

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer / philadelphiaflyers.com

January 14, 2019 was something of a turning point in the young NHL career of Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom. It was in that game, a 7-4 home win against the Minnesota Wild, that Lindblom saw his role start to significantly expand under interim head coach Scott Gordon. 

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MELTZER: Oskar worthy

Flyers contributor on how confidence, production soaring for Flyers winger

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

January 14, 2019 was something of a turning point in the young NHL career of Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom. It was in that game, a 7-4 home win against the Minnesota Wild, that Lindblom saw his role start to significantly expand under interim head coach Scott Gordon. 

Lindblom did not record a point in that game, but he was placed on the penalty kill, moved up in the reconstituted 5-on-5 lineup, and skated a then career-high 17:14 of ice time (since eclipsed multiple times). He forechecked very effectively, and had a pair of shots on goal.

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POSTGAME 5: Bested in the West

Voracek's three-point night not enough as Flyers end Western Canada trip with 6-3 loss to Oilers

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
A long stretch of dominant first-period and early second hockey produced only a single goal for the Philadelphia Flyers and they subsequently got buried under a deluge of Edmonton Oilers goals in a 6-3 loss at Rogers Place on Wednesday night.  

Connor McDavid led the assault with a five-point outburst and Leon Draisaitl had a pair of goals and three points, while Jakub Voracek posted two goals and an assist in the loss. 

Carter Hart lasted the first 34:32 of the game, yielding four goals on 14 shots before he was pulled in favor of Brian Elliott (6 saves on 8 shots). Mikko Koskinen earned the win, denying 49 of 52 Flyers shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Connor McDavid (1g-4a)
2nd: Mikko Koskinen (49 saves)
3rd: Leon Draisaitl (2g-1a)

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5 Things: Flyers vs. Oilers

Tonight marks the final road game of the Western Canada trip for the Flyers

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-1, 5pts) at Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0, 10pts)
at Rogers Place | Edmonton, Alberta
TIME: 9:30 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 77gp (36-32-8-1)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 7-pts, Travis Konecny (3g-4a)
EDM: 12-pts, Connor McDavid & Leon Draisaitl (4g-8a)

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