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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Avs, Part 2

Information and storylines to come out of the morning skate ahead of tonight's game

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

After a complete day off on Sunday, the Flyers get right into game action tonight by taking on one of the Best of the West.

They are coming off what several players described as the team's best 60-minute two-way performance of the season in a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday... 

RAFFL: "Once this crowd gets going its a huge push for us. We didn't start the way we wanted to with the home opener, but after that, things have been turning a little bit so we're all excited to get out there again tonight."

Below are some notes and news from the morning skate and some things to look for in Monday night's tilt.

 

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5 THINGS: COL vs. PHI

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

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

Philadelphia Flyers (4-4-0, 8pts) vs. Colorado Avalanche (5-1-2, 12pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. |  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: 87gp (41-26-14-6)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 11-pts, Giroux (3g-8a), Voracek (3g-8a)

COL: 14-pts, Rantanen (2g-12a), MacKinnon (8g-6a)

 

1. REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

The Flyers enter tonight looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as well as three straight wins on home ice after recording 10 goals in the last two home games... They will also wrap up their second season series against an opponent tonight after facing the Avalanche in the second game of the season - suffering a 5-2 loss on Oct. 6... The Flyers have not gone winless against the Avs since the 2011-12 season and have not gone winless in a two-games or more season series since 1998-99... The Flyers have also fared well on home ice - dating back to 2003, they have earned a point against the Avs in eight of nine games at the Wells Fargo Center, going 5-1-3.

 

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Konec-ting the Dots

Three-game point streak has weight off Travis Konecny's shoulders

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

The look on Travis Konecny's face said it all: After the 21-year-old Flyers right wing re-directed a Robert Hägg shot into the net during the first period of Thursday's game in Columbus, Konecny looked skyward and breathed a huge sign of relief. 

It was the look of a young hockey player who had just had a huge weight lifted off his shoulders: his first goal of the 2018-19 regular season after six-plus games of frustration. 

He'd hit three goal posts. He had a puck bounce over his stick on an Oskar Lindblom rebound with a half-empty net stare at him. He'd been robbed on a few outstanding saves by opposing goalies. 

"I'm not really worried about it. I'm getting good looks and I know they'll start going in sooner or later. But, yeah, I obviously want to get the first one out of the way," Konecny said on Oct. 17.

The next night, the mini-drought ended. Although Konecny downplayed the notion that his season-opening goalless stretch bothered him -- he'd scored 24 goals last season in just his second NHL campaign -- the reality was that he needed a goal to just relax and play hockey.  

All players, even ones as self-confident and skilled as Konecny, can start to press at times. He hadn't lost confidence yet but he was getting frustrated. His relieved response to his goal in Columbus showed how badly he needed not just additional scoring opportunities but for a dividend.

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POSTGAME 5: Devils Defeated

Voracek leads Flyers to 5-2 win over Devils in matinee action at Wells Fargo Center

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Jake Voracek had a three-point day, the biggest of which was the game-winning goal with just over three minutes to play in regulation to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 win over turnpike rival, the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

Damon Severson opened the scoring for the Devils, but Travis Konecny answered right back, then Nolan Patrick gave the Flyers the lead at the end of the second frame with his first goal of the year.

Brian Boyle knotted things up midway through the third period before Voracek broke the tie. Wayne Simmonds and Scott Laughton added empty-net tallies... Brian Elliott earned the win with 19 saves on 21 shots. Keith Kinkaid takes the loss allowing three goals on 19 shots.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Jakub Voracek (1g-2a)
2 - Nolan Patrick (1g, +2)
3 - Brian Boyle (1g, 5 shots)

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5 THINGS: NJD vs. PHI

Get ready for today's matchup at the Wells Fargo Center with 5 Things.

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

Philadelphia Flyers (3-4-0, 6pts) vs. New Jersey Devils (4-1-0, 8pt)

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 (2017-18): 2-1-1

All-Time Record: 242gp (113-98-18-13)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 10-pts, Giroux (3g-7a)

NJD: 8-pts, Palmieri (7g-1a)

 

1. DEVIL COMES DOWN TO PHILLY

Both team's come into today looking to bounce back after losses... The Flyers are 2-1-0 in games following a loss this season, while the Devils suffered their first loss on Thursday - New Jersey went 17-16-4 last season after a loss... Today also begins the first home game against a Metropolitan Division opponent as the Devils visit the Wells Fargo Center... Last season, the Flyers had success against the Metro on home ice, earning points in 10 of 14 games going 8-4-2, including 1-0-1 against the Devils.

 

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Bundy's Mailbag

Chris Therien answers fan questions from Twitter

by Chris Therien @ctherien6 / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Flyers Contributor Chris Therien collected the best of your Twitter questions and answered them below. Have a question for him? Use #BundyMailbag on Twitter.

 

Tweet from @irishtom1967: Are the Flyers relying too much on the defensemen for goals?

I don't necessarily think any team relies on goals from defensemen. Most teams look at them as a bonus. Obviously, when you have a player like Gostisbehere who can bring that great shot on the power play, there's a higher percentage chance that he's going to score a goal. But, in terms of the Flyers offense - they have a lot of depth up and down their lineup, even with the couple injuries right now. They're more than capable of scoring goals, as they've shown this year, but I don't think a team can ever rely or expect goals from their defense. They're a great bonus obviously, but not expected.

 

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Practice Report: Back to Basics

Changes and Storylines at practice before hosting the Devils on Saturday

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

To a man, the Flyers know that they need to pay better attention to detail for 60 minutes to put an end to the sorts of breakdowns that have popped up in many of the seven games played to date. It has not been a question of generating scoring chances. Transitional and defensive play have been the issue.

It starts with five-on-five execution on both sides of the puck, whether it is in terms of puck management, back checking, defensive coverages and getting timely saves. It is also about competing effectively in close quarters and winning battles.

HAKSTOL: "What you see are at times is guys trying to do a little too much. When you try and extend a shift, try to make one more play, most times that's when negative plays are going to come right back at you."

In preparation for Saturday afternoon's game against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers conducted a meat-and-potatoes practice on Friday that emphasized game conditions. 

With all forwards dressed in green or white (rather than isolated drills), there was a focus on five-on-five play. During the latter portion of practice, there was a battle drill in the corners with the net stationed nearly. 

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POSTGAME 5: Jackets sting Flyers

Second period sinks Flyers in 6-3 loss to Blue Jackets

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flyers came out strong in the first period to earn a 2-1 lead at intermission, but a three-goal outburst led by Cam Atkinson led the Blue Jackets to a 6-3 win over the Flyers at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Travis Konecny scored his first of the season, and added an assist for a two point night, while Claude Giroux recorded a pair of assists on the first two goals. Sean Couturier added the second Flyers goal as Oskar Lindblom brought the game within one in the third period before the Blue Jackets scored twice more in the final five minutes to put the game out of reach.

Calvin Pickard made 22 saves to take his first loss of the season. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 35 shots in the win.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Cam Atkinson (2g)
2 - Artemi Panarin (2a)
3 - Anthony Duclair (1g)

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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Jackets

Lineup news and storylines from the Flyers and Blue Jackets morning skate

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

The Flyers look for two-in-row, both at Nationwide Arena dating back to last year, and to build off of Tuesday's wild win over the Panthers. Some items of note came out of the morning skate below...
 

 

A KNIGHT'S TALE

Corban Knight will be in the lineup tonight vs. Blue Jackets, and from the looks of some line work, will be on the right side with Jori Lehtera centering and Dale Weise on the other wing. It will be his first game in the NHL since the 2015-16 season with the Florida Panthers, when he had seven points (2g-5a) in 20 games.

KNIGHT: "First game back it will be nice to just try and get my feet under me, but at the same time I don't think it's going to be any easier [playing wing instead of center]. I just have to make sure I'm really detailed out there and working hard. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and the challenge tonight." 

Coming out will be rookie Mikhail Vorobyev, who Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said it's important for Vorobyev to use this as a learning opportunity from up in the press box.

HAKSTOL: "I had a short discussion with [Vorobyev] out there. He's a young player and there's a couple things that I want him to be able to watch during tonight's game because he's going to be out of the lineup. So take advantage of it. Watch a couple things and a couple of players that are similar in the way he plays the game and a couple things that I want him to improve on."

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Admission for Kids Now Free for Flyers Wives Carnival

Gritty to appear at Carnival games and attractions

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

PURCHASE TICKETS

With just one month to go until the 42nd Annual Flyers Wives Carnival, the Flyers announced today children 12 and under receive free admission to the Carnival. Fans who purchase a full price admission ticket may now receive up to four free children's tickets. General admission tickets are $25 and the Carnival is set to begin at 11 a.m. inside the Wells Fargo Center. Visit FlyersCarnival.com now to get tickets and learn more.

A next stop in his landmark debut season, Flyers mascot Gritty will officially be joining the fun at this year's Carnival - making appearances throughout the entirety of the event as well as taking part in Carnival games with fans and players alike.

Other new attractions include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Flyers locker room. Offered for the first time, Carnival attendees have the option to purchase tickets in advance of the Carnival to enjoy this 15-minute tour inside the team's game-night dressing room. Fans can also look forward to stepping outside and enjoying a brand new outdoor obstacle zone as a part of their Carnival-day agenda. This fun-filled set up will include inflatable obstacles courses and games for all ages.

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