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Stewart plays first game with Philadelphia; Calgary has lost two straight

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

FLYERS (2-0-1) at FLAMES (2-3-1)

9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN360, NBCSP, NHL.TV


The Game

Chris Stewart will debut with the Philadelphia Flyers when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

The forward, who has 321 points (160 goals, 161 assists) in 652 NHL games, played with Nottingham of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom last season. He signed a one-year contract earlier Tuesday and has been with the Flyers since signing a professional tryout contract July 17.

Stewart last played in the NHL with the Flames in 2017-18.

Philadelphia will try to start the season with points in its first four games for the first time in eight seasons. The Flyers began the 2011-12 season 4-0-1. 

The Flames, who were tied for second with 289 goals last season, have scored 15 goals in six games. They have lost two games in a row.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Travis Konecny has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak to start the season.

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has seven points (three goals, four assists) in six games to start the season.


They said it

"It kind of works out. The [city] you went where you died is the [city] where you get brought back to life. Everything comes full circle in hockey and hockey's ironic like that." -- Flyers forward Chris Stewart

"Real good team. Some acquisitions this offseason gave them depth. For the foreseeable future, though, it's about us. They've only played three times. They started over in Prague. What we can see from their time over in the NHL it's been a dangerous team. It's a team that's dynamic and can score quickly." -- Flames coach Bill Peters on the Flyers


Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Scott Laughton -- Carsen Twarynski

Tyler Pitlick -- Michael Raffl -- Chris Stewart 

Ivan Provorov -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Matt Niskanen

Brian Elliott

Carter Hart

Scratched: Samuel Morin, Connor Bunnaman

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)


Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Andrew Mangiapane 

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Austin Czarnik 

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson 

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Michael Stone, Tobias Rieder

Injured: Juuso Valimaki (knee)


Status report

Elliott will make his season debut for Philadelphia. ...The Flyers assigned defenseman Andy Welinski to Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. ...Rittich will make his sixth start in seven games. 


Stat pack

Lindblom has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak. …Tkachuk has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. …Frolik is one game from 800 in the NHL.

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