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Drop the Puck Already: Flyers-Lightning

Hart, Flyers to get big test tonight and other storylines to come out of the morning skate

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will clash at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night when the Flyers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers held a 10:30 a.m. morning skate in Voorhees on Tuesday and here are some notes and news from the session:

* Questions around the locker room was what to expect facing the NHL's-leading team. Flyers captain Claude Giroux noted an emphasis on just limiting opportunities.

GIROUX: "They're just a team that if you give them opportunities, they're going to find ways to hurt you. They have a lot of tools and players that can make special plays, and for us it's a very good challenge and good test to see where we stand." 

* Carter Hart will get the start in goal; the first time in the rookie's NHL career that he will play three times in four nights. Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon said that having three nights off last week and Anthony Stolarz (now with Edmonton) playing last Tuesday in Minnesota factored in getting Hart enough rest to handle the busy workload.

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Wells Fargo Center Reveals Next Phase of Transformation 2020 Advancements

Comcast Spectacor Commissions Complete Redesign and Major Enhancements Throughout the Arena's Main Concourse Level and Lower Bowl

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

On the heels of last week's Kinetic 4K Scoreboard unveil, Comcast Spectacor today introduced the next chapter of "Transformation 2020" advancements that are reshaping the Wells Fargo Center's live event experience. The next phase of the $250 million, multi-year initiative surrounds significant upgrades throughout the arena's Main Concourse level, which will deliver an impressive and energizing welcome to every guest who enters the venue. To be completed by the Fall of 2019, the next wave of enhancements embody the largest investment and most impactful improvements since the arena first opened its doors in 1996.

Video: Main Concourse & Lower Bowl Redesign

Among the many exciting developments include a re-conceptualized approach to dining and social interaction throughout the arena's Main Concourse level, 8,000 brand new seats within the lower bowl, a concierge-style box office and a dynamic LED video and lighting system that reacts in real time to carry the energy of the game to every corner of the Wells Fargo Center, including the concourse. 

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5 THINGS: TBL vs. PHI

The Flyers enter tonight's game looking for their fourth straight win as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (28-24-7, 63pts) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (45-11-4, 94pts)

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: 0-0-2

All-Time Record: 99gp (47-37-8-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 61-pts, Giroux (17g-44a)

TBL: 94-pts, Kucherov (27g-67a)

 

1. HOT STUFF

The Flyers enter tonight's game looking for their fourth straight win and are on a streak that has seen them gain a point in 13 of their last 14 games, going 12-1-1 since Jan. 14, which is the best winning percentage (.892) and tied for the most points (25) in the NHL... Prior to Jan. 14, the Flyers sat in 31st (last place) in the NHL with a 16-23-6 record with 38 points, which was 15 points behind the final wild card spot in the East... Compared to today, where they are T-16th in the NHL with a 28-24-7 record and 63 points, which sits just six points away from the first AND second wild card position in the East, as well as the third slot in the Metropolitan Division.

 

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Stadium Series Countdown: Another Huge Start for Hart?

Carter Hart recalls his only other outdoor game on the world's biggest stage

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

The Flyers have two vitally important games to play against Tampa Bay on Tuesday and in Montreal on Thursday before they can focus on their 2019 Stadium Series contest against Pittsburgh at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23. Much can happen between now and then, and the Flyers need every point they can get before Saturday.

As of now, there is a good chance that standout 20-year-old rookie goaltender Carter Hart will be tabbed for Saturday's outdoor game. If so, it will be his first NHL outdoor game but not his first experience with big-stage outdoor hockey.

On Dec. 29, 2017, Hart played a World Junior Championship preliminary round game for Team Canada against Team USA at New Era Field in suburban Buffalo. This time around, while the caliber of opposition will be even higher, the playing conditions will almost certainly be more favorable. 

At present, the weather forecasts call for temperatures in the low 40s with relatively calm winds. Barring a major shift, Saturday's conditions will be a stark contrast to what Hart experienced on that afternoon in Buffalo some 13 months and 25 days prior to the Stadium Series. 

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POSTGAME 5: Feeling Sweepy

Lindblom tallies twice as Flyers sweep back-to-back and season series with 3-1 win over Detroit

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Oskar Lindblom recorded a pair of goals and Carter Hart stopped 37 of 38 shots to help the Flyers sweep the weekend and season series with a 3-1 win against the Red Wings in Detroit on Sunday evening.

Lindblom scored the lone goal of the period on a re-direct from Sean Couturier, while Darren Helm brought the Red Wings back to even after 40 minutes. Ivan Provorov scored early in the third to give the Flyers a one-goal lead and Lindblom added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

Jonathan Bernier stopped nine of 10 shots in the first period but was injured and replaced by Jimmy Howard, who stopped 11 of 12 to absorb the loss. 

Stars of the Game:
1 - Carter Hart (37 saves)
2 - Anthony Mantha (7 shots)
3 - Ivan Provorov (1g-GWG)

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MELTZER: A look in to the Talbot deal

Flyers contributor gives his take on the acquisition of Cam Talbot

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

Flyers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher and new goaltender Cam Talbot held media conference calls on Saturday. Here are four key takeaways from what was said on both:

1) CALCULATED RISK 

Talbot, a potential unrestricted free agent this summer, said he was open to re-signing with the Flyers and extended his list of teams to whom he'd accept a trade to include the Flyers. 

In the meantime, Fletcher said the organization had interest in getting a preview of the 31-year-old veteran, who is friends and training partners with Flyers rookie prodigy Carter Hart. Although he has had a rough season this year, Talbot has a good past track record. 

Two seasons ago with Edmonton, Talbot placed fourth in the Vezina Trophy balloting. 

Said Talbot: "I've had some pretty good success over here in the Metro [Division] and it's kind of come full circle for me. My first NHL game was against Philly, so it's an exciting time for me and my family.'

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5 THINGS: PHI vs. DET

The Flyers and Red Wings face off again tonight in the back end of a home-and-home series.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @nhlflyers

Philadelphia Flyers (27-24-7, 61pts) at Detroit Red Wings (23-28-8, 54pts)

at Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, MI

TIME: 6:00 p.m. |  TV: NBCSN |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 2-0-0

All-Time Record: 141gp (68-50-21-2)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 61-pts, Giroux (17g-44a)

DET: 55-pts, Larkin (24-31a)

 

1. HOCKEY DAY IN AMERICA

The Flyers and Red Wings face off in the last of a triple header on NBC Sports as part of Hockey Day in America broadcast... The Flyers have five players born in the USA on their roster, including Florida native Shayne Gostisbehere, who leads the team's defense in scoring with 27 points (6g-21a) and ranks fifth all-time among US-born Flyers in scoring with 177 points in 275 games - John LeClair is the Flyers all-time leading scorer among US-born players with 643 points in 649 games... The Red Wings currently have seven players on their roster born in the USA, led by Michigan native, Dylan Larkin, who leads the team in scoring with 55 points, while Justin Abdelkader ranks second all-time among US-born Red Wings in scoring with 245 points in 678 games - Defenseman Reed Larson is the Red Wings all-time leading scorer among US-born players with 570 points in 708 games.

 

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POSTGAME 5: TK Saves the Day

Flyers hang on as Travis Konecny's OT winner salvages a 6-5 win over Red Wings

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Travis Konecny scored the game-winner 1:27 into overtime and helped the Flyers escape a four-goal outburst from the Red Wings, who forced overtime in the third period, en route to a 6-5 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

The team's skated to a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes after goals from Shayne Gostisbehere early and Gustav Nyquist late. The Flyers surged ahead in the second with a pair of goals from Konecny and Scott Laughton that came in a span 1:03 to hold a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

After goals less than a minute apart from Jakub Voracek and Nolan Patrick, the Red Wings resiliency saw them score four straight even-strength goals, including the equalizer with seven seconds left in the regulation to gain an extra point.

Carter Hart stopped 33 shots of 38 shots in the win, while Jimmy Howard yielded five goals on 24 shots and was replaced by Jonathan Bernier, who allowed one goal on eight shots, which was the OT winner.  

Stars of the Game:
1 - Nolan Patrick (1g-2a)
2 - Anthony Mantha (2g)
3 - Travis Konecny (2g- OT GWG)

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5 THINGS: DET vs. PHI

Flyers enter classic weekend home-and-home series vs. Red Wings

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (26-24-7, 59pts) vs. Detroit Red Wings (23-28-7, 53pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET |  TV: NBCSP |  RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

 

GAME NOTES

 

QUICK STATS
Season Series: 1-0-0
All-Time Record: 140gp (67-50-21-2)
Leading Scorers: 
PHI: 61-pts, Giroux (17g-44a)
DET: 54-pts, Larkin (24-30a)

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Flyers acquire goaltender Cam Talbot from Edmonton

Veteran goaltender joins Flyers in exchange for Anthony Stolarz

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced they have acquired goaltender, Cam Talbot, from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Anthony Stolarz, according to Flyers Executive Vice President & General Manager, Chuck Fletcher.

Below are notes on Talbot's career:

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