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OTF: Flyers recall goaltender Alex Lyon

Flyers GM updates status of Flyers goaltenders

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Following an optional practice in Edmonton, Flyers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher made the following announcements concerning the status of three of the club's goaltenders.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who took part in practice on Thursday in Edmonton, has returned to Philadelphia to be with his wife for the birth of their child which they are expecting any day. 

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POSTGAME 5: Last second stunner

Flyers drop heartbreaker to Flames, suffer 6-5 loss in overtime

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Flames scored twice in the final 1:08 of regulation with the goaltender pulled and again in overtime to stun the Flyers for a 6-5 win in Calgary on Wednesday night.

Rasmus Andersson and Sean Monahan scored the equalizers to force the extra session while Johnny Gaudreau scored 35 seconds into overtime to turn a 5-3 deficit into a victory after failing to capitalize on four power plays in the third period.

The game started out with a 2-1 Flames lead, but the Flyers scored three straight goals to grab a 4-2 lead eight minutes into the second period. After the Flames got one back on the man advantage, Sean Couturier scored shorthanded to regain a two-goal lead.

Anthony Stolarz made several timely saves to kill off the four Flames power plays in the third period, but took the loss with 35 saves. Mike Smith started for Calgary and allowed four goals on 10 shots, while David Rittich came in relief at the start of the third and stopped four of five shots to earn the win.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Sean Monahan (2g-1a)
2 - Sean Couturier (2g-1a)
3 - Matthew Tkachuk (4a)

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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Flames

Flyers-Flames News & Notes from both teams at the Morning Skate

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Today's morning skate was bumped up from the usual 11:30 time slot because of the early start in Calgary (6:30 pm Local Time). The Flames have the option of keeping their time slot, which was at 10:30, while the Flyers had either 8:30 or 9:30 to choose from... they went with the latter.

* Anthony Stolarz will get the call in net again. After seeing extremely limited action all of last season due to a knee injury, and not too many starts with the Phantoms this season due to the three goaltenders down there, Stolarz will make his seventh straight appearance in an NHL game since being recalled from the Phantoms on Nov. 23. 

Stolarz is 2-1-1 so far, with a 3.39 GAA and .898 save percentage.

HAKSTOL: "Three weeks ago there was no body of work, coming off last season and some of the things he's gone through, but even at that time we talked a little bit about his demeanor and it seems like he's relishing the opportunity. First and foremost, he's gone in and battled hard for his teammates. Usually when a goaltender does that, he gets that in return from the guys in front of him and that's what we're seeing."

 

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Flyers to honor Former Left-Winger Scott Hartnell on December 20

The Philadelphia Flyers will honor former left-winger Scott Hartnell as he returns to Philadelphia for the December 20 matchup against the Nashville Predators

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The Philadelphia Flyers will honor former left-winger Scott Hartnell as he returns to Philadelphia for the December 20 matchup against the Nashville Predators. The club will recognize Hartnell, who recently announced his retirement, throughout the night with a ceremonial puck drop, in-game features, and appearances on the Flyers' broadcasts.

Hartnell's 17-year career included seven seasons in Philadelphia, during which time he recorded 157 goals and 169 assists for 326 points in 517 games, along with 908 PIM. The best season of his career came in the 2011-12 campaign, when he led the Flyers with 37 goals and was second on the roster with 67 total points.

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Flyers Name Brent Flahr Vice President & Assistant General Manager

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have named Brent Flahr to the position of Vice President & Assistant General Manager, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Chuck Fletcher. 

In his new role, Flahr will be heavily relied upon for decisions involving player personnel, while supervising all aspects of the club's scouting department and overseeing the player development of the club's prospects.

"Brent brings over 20 years of experience in the National Hockey League and an extraordinary amount of knowledge to our hockey club," Fletcher said in making the announcement. "I've known Brent for many years and his track record speaks for itself as a scout, assistant general manager and even general manager of an AHL team. His expertise of building and growing a strong foundation will be extremely valuable at all levels as we look to take the next step in our path toward winning a championship."

 

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. CGY

The Flyers and the Flames faceoff 8:30PM tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (12-13-3, 27pts) at Calgary Flames (19-10-2, 40pts)

at Scotiabank Saddledome | Calgary, Alberta

TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP+ |  RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2017-18): 1-0-1

All-Time Record: 119gp (60-42-12-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 36-pts, Giroux (11g-25a)

CGY: 39-pts, Gaudreau (12g-27a)

 

1. PARTY IN THE PACIFIC

The Flyers are looking to bounce back after a loss at Winnipeg in the second of their five-game road trip... They own and 8-6-1 record in games after a loss and have not lost back-to-back games which have both been on the road yet this season... They also face off against the first of three Pacific Division teams - the Flyers have earned points in six of eight meetings against a Pacific Division opponent, going 5-2-1, including 3-0-1 on their last Pacific road trip at the beginning of November.

 

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Practice Report: Line Dance at the Saddledome

Storylines emerge as Flyers enter Western Canada portion of road trip

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

After a full day off in Calgary on Monday, the Flyers resumed practice at the Saddledome on Tuesday before taking on the Flames in the first of their Western Canada road trip. 

Below are the storylines to come out of the session, and the first being the most obvious:

LINES SHUFFLED

* A lengthy practice saw most of the forward lines shuffled... Claude Giroux took the day off for a maintenance day, but it's expected that he will stay at the center position alongside James van Riemsdyk and Travis Konecny.

That being said, there was a significant move in one of the forward lines, which in turn affected the others.

* Sean Couturier returned to full action, which could very well be an indicator on his return to the lineup after missing the first two games of the trip. He was however sporting a different color practice jersey.

Couturier was taking reps with Michael Raffl on the left side and Jake Voracek on the right. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol on the change:

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Hitman comes home

In his return to Calgary, Travis Sanheim tells his journey to the City of Brotherly Love

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

It's a long way from Elkhorn, Manitoba, where Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim was born and raised, to Philadelphia; nearly as long as the journey Sanheim took from being an unheralded minor hockey player in Manitoba to an NHL first-round pick and then from a being a pro prospect to a now-established regular in the Flyers' lineup.

Quiet, pleasant and unassuming by nature, Sanheim does most of his talking on the ice with a combination of his above-average mobility, size (6-foot-4, 200-plus pounds), puck-moving skill and ability to pinch on the play up ice. His play without the puck -- gap control, retrievals, reads -- have also improved significantly from his first pro year to his current third year (second in the NHL). Although he'll never be a crusher in the hitting department, Sanheim is using his frame more to his advantage than he did earlier in his career.

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POSTGAME 5: Jets down Flyers

Jets special teams sink Flyers, 7-1

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
After a close first period in which the Flyers led the pace, the Jets jumped on their opportunities and walked away with a 7-1 win in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon.

The Jets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Flyers fought back with a goal from Jake Voracek towards the end of the period to cut the lead in half. The Jets then tallied three straight goals, including power-play and shorthanded goals, in the second frame to take a 5-1 lead heading into the third.

Winnipeg added two more to get three-point games from Mark Scheifele and Josh Morrissey as goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 of 37 shots to earn the win. Anthony Stolarz came in relief, making 21 saves in the process, of starter Michal Neuvirth, who allowed three goals on 10 shots.

Stars of the Game: 
1 - Connor Hellebuyck (36 saves on 37 shots)
2 - Josh Morrissey (1g-2a)
3 - Mark Scheifele (3a)

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. WPG

The Flyers and the Jets faceoff 3PM this afternoon in Winnipeg.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (12-12-3, 27pts) at Winnipeg Jets (17-9-2, 36pts)

at Bell MTS Place | Winnipeg, Manitoba

TIME: 3:00 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP+ |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2017-18): 1-0-1

All-Time Record: 17gp (10-4-0-3)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 36-pts, Giroux (11g-25a)

WPG: 36-pts, Wheeler (4g-32a)

 

1. PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

The Flyers enter today with points in three straight games, going 2-0-1 in December, and look for back-to-back wins as they enter games on back-to-back afternoons... They are 1-1-0 so far in "second games" and after yesterday, they own a 4-2-1 record in afternoon start times this season... The Flyers also begin their Canadian tour portion of the road trip - last season they went 3-0-1 on the road against these teams, sweeping Western Canada (CGY, EDM & VAN), but dropping a shootout decision (3-2) in Winnipeg.

 

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