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Prospect Update: Myers overcomes injuries this season

A look at defenseman Philippe Myers as he heads into the QMJHL Playoffs

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

From an injury standpoint, the 2016-17 season has not been an easy one for Flyers defense prospect Philippe Myers. However, from a performance and further development standpoint after a breakout campaign last season, Myers has excelled.

A stalwart two-way defenseman for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Myers has enjoyed a dominant season when he's been in the lineup. 

Offensively during the now-completed regular season, Myers averaged more than point per game (10 goals, 25 assists in 34 games). Defensively, he played in all game situations and routinely saw himself matched against opponents' top lines. 

In fact, Myers has not just been one of the top defensemen in the Quebec League this year, he's been one of the best junior-aged defensemen in Canada. The player, who did not turn 20 until January 25 of this year, was half of Team Canada's top defensive pairing at the World Junior Championships along with Ottawa Senators prospect Thomas Chabot.

Myers played very well throughout the preliminary round of the WJC tournament. Unfortunately, a high hit from Team USA forward Luke Kunin (a Minnesota Wild prospect) resulted in Myers sustaining an injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the WJC. 

He remained out of action until February and rejoined the Huskies' lineup on Feb. 15 and has not missed a game since. 

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POSTGAME 5: Five's Wild

Flyers take 3-1 win at Minnesota to extend winning streak over Wild to five straight games

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

After surrendering the first goal early, the Flyers scored the next two and hung on the rest of the way, eventually scoring an empty-netter, for a 3-1 win over the Wild on Thursday.

The Wild jumped out to an early lead, scoring 2:07 into the first as Steve Mason mishandled a bouncing puck and Zach Parise was in the right place to knock it in. Sean Couturier countered with a goal between the legs of Devan Dubnyk with just over two minutes to play sending the teams in the locker room with a 1-1 tie after 20.

Matt Read kept the Flyers momentum going by scoring in his second straight game, just 21 seconds into the period to give the Flyers a one-goal lead. The Flyers shut down the Wild for the rest of the period, including the NHL's best power play on home ice.

The Flyers held the Wild to just four shots in the third period, which included a minute's worth of power-play time, while Jakub Voracek scored an empty net goal to seal the win.

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OTF: Manning returns, Mason back in

News, Notes & Quotes from the morning skate in Minnesota.

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

A light optional skate this morning at XCel Energy Center gave way to some lineup news for tonight's game.

The first of which was that defenseman Brandon Manning will re-enter the lineup after missing the last five games. Manning has 10 points (3g-7a) on the blueline this year while averaging 17:50 of ice time. 

"I'm feeling good. Feeling strong and I did some contact a few days ago so I'm not even thinking about that," said Manning on recovering from his upper-body injury.

Manning is also third on the team's defense in hits at 105, despite missing 15 games this season. He will be paired alongside Radko Gudas, who leads the team, and ranks third overall in the NHL, averaging 4.2 hits per-game. 

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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 23

Parent Outduels Dryden in Spectrum classic: March 23, 1975

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

 In a classic duel between two Hall of Fame goaltenders, Bernie Parent's defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers topped Ken Dryden and the Montreal Canadiens by a 2-1 score at the Spectrum on March 23, 1975. 

Both goalies were at the top of their respective games. Parent turned back 19 of 20 shots; not a high quantity but there were multiple high-quality chances generated by the Habs along the way. Dryden stopped 33 of 35 as the Flyers pressured heavily in all three zones and were able to forecheck effectively even against Montreal's vaunted defense corps.

Only an unstoppable late first period power play goal by the legendary Guy LaFleur, which tied the game at 1-1, got past Parent. For the Flyers, a first-period Rick MacLeish goal (35th of the season) and a mid-game Ross Lonsberry tally (20th) were just enough to win.

Philly clamps down defensively in the third period, limiting the deadly Canadiens attack to seven shots. In his second of back-to-back Vezina Trophy winning seasons, Parent took care of the rest

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Wild

The Flyers and the Wild face off tonight 8PM, at the Xcel Energy Center.

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

GAME NOTES

WILD CARD TRACKER

  1. NYR: 94 pts, 8 games remaining

  2. BOS: 82 pts, 9 games remaining

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  3. NYI: 80 pts, 10 games remaining

  4. TBL: 77 pts, 10 games remaining

  5. CAR: 75 pts, 11 games remaining

  6. PHI: 74 pts, 10 games remaining

  7. FLA: 73 pts, 10 games remaining 

 

1. FAREWELL TO THE WEST

Tonight is the final game against the Western Conference for the Flyers, who own a 13-10-4 mark, as well as a 7-5-1 record against the Central Division… Last season, the Flyers posted a similar record against the West, going 14-11-3, but owned an 11-3-0 mark against the Central… This season against Western Conference opponents, Claude Giroux leads the team in assists (2g-19a), Wayne Simmonds leads in goals (15g-7a) and Jakub Voracek leads in overall points (6g-18a, 24pts).

 

2. A WILD MARCH

After going 41-14-6 through the first five months of the season, the Wild have stumbled in the month of March, going 3-8-0, and have dropped five of their last six games… On a per-game basis, the Wild averaged 3.33 goals-for and 2.33 goals-allowed from Oct-Feb, compared to 2.36 goals scored and 3.00 goals allowed in March thus far… Despite the fall, the Wild continue to rank second in the Western Conference and tied for fifth in the NHL standings with 94 points… The Wild also come into tonight's game looking to clinch a playoff berth with their magic number to clinch being two points.

 

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Practice Update: The Minnesota Shuffle

Wednesday's full team practice in Minnesota saw changes up and down the lineup

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

A full practice in between games saw a shuffle of lines by Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol on Wednesday at XCel Energy Center in Minnesota.

One of the biggest saw a pair of wingers bumped up to play alongside Claude Giroux - Matt Read and Jakub Voracek. Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds move on a line with Valtteri Filppula anchoring the second line, while Travis Konecny took rushes on the right side with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde.

"It's looking at different things coming off a road performance from yesterday," said Hakstol of the changes. "The lineup we had Tuesday, we played an excellent game at home two nights before and we're just looking at a way to inject a little bit more into our lineup for a real tough road game here tomorrow night."

TOP GUNS REUNITED?
The move, if implemented for Thursday night's game at Minnesota, sees a reunion of Voracek and Giroux, who have been a successful pair before, and are the top two leading scorers on the team with 55 points and 53 points respectively.

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TODAY IN FLYERS HISTORY: March 22

Flyers Play Penguins: March 22, 1984

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

In one of the most lopsided games in franchise history, the Flyers destroyed the woeful Pittsburgh Penguins by a 13-4 margin at the Spectrum on March 22, 1984.

In this game, Tim Kerr (two goals) reached the 50-goal milestone for the first of four straight seasons and both Ilkka Sinisalo and Dave Poulin (hitting the 30-goal milestone on the third goal) recorded hat tricks. The Flyers led 4-1 after the first period and 6-4 after the second before racking up seven unanswered goals in the third period. Philly owned a 3-0 lead before the game is even five minutes old.

Pittsburgh failed to compete. In the seven-goal third-period, the goals became so frequent that the Flyers players stopped celebrating and the Spectrum crowd barely reacted. Veteran Penguins goaltender Denis Herron was left in net to absorb the entire beating.

As the worst team in the NHL, the Penguins drafted the heralded Mario Lemieux with the first overall pick of the 1984 NHL Draft.

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POSTGAME 5: Jet Loss

Last second tally not enough as Flyers drop first of four-game trip, 3-2, in Winnipeg

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

Matt Read scored with two seconds remaining, but it wasn't enough as the Jets tallied twice in the third period on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers.

The first period wrapped up in a pretty evenly contested fashion with scoring chances on both sides and the Jets outshooting the Flyers, 8-7. The Flyers struck first early in the second with Wayne Simmonds making a nifty pass, finding Jordan Weal in the crease, who potted his fourth of the season. 

The Jets fought back with a power-play goal from Mathieu Perreault, but the Flyers escaped the second period by killing off six minutes in penalties, including a four-minute double minor after a high stick from Ivan Provorov.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele tallied even strength goals in the third period to take a two-goal lead, while Matt Read brought it within one goal but with just two seconds remaining on the clock. Steve Mason absorbed the loss with 30 saves on 33 shots.

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Flyers Sign D Mark Friedman to Entry Level Contract

Flyers drafted Friedman 3rd round, 86th overall in 2014 NHL Draft

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

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed defenseman Mark Friedman, the club's 2014 third round draft pick (86th overall), to an entry-level contract for the 2017-18 season, according to GM Ron Hextall.

Additionally, Friedman will report to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

Friedman spent the last three seasons in the NCAA at Bowling Green State University of the WCHA. Below are some news & notes:

MARK FRIEDMAN (FREED-man)

POSITION: Defense

DRAFTED: 3rd Round, 86th overall (2014)

TEAM/LEAGUE: Bowling Green State University (NCAA: WCHA)

AGE: 21 (12-25-1995)

BORN: Toronto, Ontario

VITALS: 5'11", 185 pounds

 

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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Jets

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

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

GAME NOTES

WILD CARD TRACKER

  1. NYR: 93 pts, 10 games remaining

  2. TOR: 81 pts, 11 games remaining

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  3. NYI: 78 pts, 11 games remaining

  4. TBL: 77 pts, 11 games remaining

  5. PHI: 74 pts, 11 games remaining

  6. CAR: 73 pts, 12 games remaining

  7. FLA: 73 pts, 11 games remaining 

 

1. ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Flyers hit the road for a seven day, four-game road trip… They also play their sixth road game in a span of playing nine road games in a 12-game stretch to the end of this trip… The Flyers have won two of their last three games, but are hoping to snap a three-game losing skid on the road… Winnipeg has played seven of its last nine games on home ice, dropping three of their last four at MTS Centre… Despite the losses, Winnipeg has scored at least four goals in each of their last three games and have won two straight overall - they are looking for just their second three-game win streak of the season.

 

2. LUCKY #7

The Flyers are looking for their seventh straight win against the Jets, coming into tonight's game on a six-game win streak where they have outscored Winnipeg, 22-10… In addition to the six-game streak, the Flyers have earned points in 11 out of their last 12 games, going 9-1-2… When they last met, the Flyers earned a 5-2 win on Nov. 17 in a game where five different players recorded goals and 12 different Flyers recorded at least a point, led by Radko Gudas with two assists.

 

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