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Best of NHL: Top pick Nico Hischier records 1st point as Devils roll

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Best of NHL: Top pick Nico Hischier records 1st point as Devils roll

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rookie Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson each had two goals and an assist and the New Jersey Devils earned a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Brian Gibbons added a goal and an assist, Taylor Hall had two assists, and Stefan Noesen also scored. New Jersey is 2-0 for the first time in three seasons.

No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier recorded his first NHL point and Cory Schneider made 23 saves for the Devils.

Evander Kane scored twice for the winless Sabres, who were booed off the ice after all three periods. Chad Johnson stopped 16 of 22 shots before being replaced by Robin Lehner (nine saves) in the third period (see full recap).

Matthews, Leafs rally for OT win over Blackhawks
TORONTO -- Auston Matthews scored in overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Monday night.

Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won their first three games.

Jan Rutta, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik had goals for the Blackhawks.

Frederik Andersen made 18 saves for the win while Anton Forsberg stopped 39 shots (see full recap).

Point scores in overtime as Lightning top Capitals
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nikita Kucherov got his second goal of the game on a power play in overtime, Tampa Bay held high-scoring Alex Ovechkin pointless and the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Monday night.

Kucherov's winner at 3:08 came after the Capitals were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty.

Ovechkin entered with seven goals in Washington's first two games this season

Tampa Bay got goals from Alex Killorn, and Chris Kunitz, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, while Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and two assists for the Capitals. Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 shots in his first game of the season.

Kucherov tied it at 3 on an in-close backhander at 10:46 of the third (see full recap).

Flyers at Blackhawks: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

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Flyers at Blackhawks: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Philadelphia Flyers (35-30-8, 78 pts.) will attempt to keep their slim playoff hopes alive against the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-10, 74 pts.), who are just four points back of the Arizona Coyotes for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

In their only previous meeting this season, the Flyers blanked the Blackhawks 4-0 back on Nov. 10. Sean Couturier scored two goals and Brian Elliott made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season.

Other important games vital to Flyers playoff chances:

• Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 p.m.
• NY Islanders at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
• Columbus at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Let's take a look at tonight's essentials.

• When: 8:30 p.m. EST
• Where: United Center
• Broadcast: NBCSP
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers have dropped four of the last five at the United Center and five of their last seven games here. They haven’t lost three in a row in the Windy City since the days of Chicago Stadium.

The Blackhawks enter tonight’s game with points in each of their last six games (5-0-1). Interestingly, the Hawks have scored 2 or more goals in their previous 51 games dating back to Nov. 18. 

• Justin Bailey has been recalled (again) from Lehigh Valley and will take Michael Raffl’s place in the lineup. Raffl did not make the trip to Chicago as the latest player impacted by the virus that has been spreading around the Flyers locker room.

Bailey has seen action in seven games with the Flyers this season and is still looking for his first point since the trade to Philadelphia.

It’s been a crazy week going up or down almost every day. At the same time, it’s nice that they’re calling me when they’re calling somebody up every time. I take that as a positive. It’s been a lot of travel, but I’m lucky that it’s only an hour and a half away. It’s been a wild week.

— Flyers forward Justin Bailey.

• The Flyers power play snapped an 0-for-17 skid stretching their last seven games when Sean Couturier scored a power play goal Tuesday against the Canadiens.  

Since Jan. 9, Flyers center Sean Couturier is tied for the NHL lead with a +20 rating and is ranked ninth in scoring with 39 points (15g, 24a) in 30 games.  

Carter Hart will get the start tonight in Chicago. The Flyers rookie goaltender has lost four of his past five starts but has played considerably better recently allowing just three goals over his past two appearances with a .961 save percentage.

With two more points, Scott Laughton will top the 30-point mark for the first time in his career. Laughton is on pace to become the first Flyer since Joel Otto in 1996-97 to score 30 points in a season — all at even strength or short handed. 

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk - Nolan Patrick - Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom - Sean Couturier - Jake Voracek
Travis Konecny - Scott Laughton - Ryan Hartman
Phil Varone - Corban Knight - Justin Bailey 

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov - Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere  - Philippe Myers
Robert Hägg- Radko Gudas

Goalies
Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers to play in NHL Global Series, open 2019-20 regular season in Prague

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Flyers to play in NHL Global Series, open 2019-20 regular season in Prague

CHICAGO — Hockey fans, this is the road trip you’ve been waiting for.

The Flyers will play outside North America for the first time in their 52-year existence.

The team will wrap up its 2019 training camp in Lausanne, Switzerland, with an exhibition game against Lausanne HC on Monday, Sept. 30. 

From there, the Flyers will embark some 565 miles to Prague, Czech Republic, where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4 at O2 Arena for the 2019-20 regular-season opener.

It’s a chance for Czech natives Jakub Voracek and Radko Gudas, who both grew up in the Prague suburb of Kladno, to play a game in their home country.   

“Obviously, it’s something that as a kid you don’t think it’s possible,” Voracek said in a statement released by the team Thursday. “I think it’s great for us to see all the friends and family being able to attend an NHL game you can participate in. It’ll be special. It’s going to be exciting. I think everyone’s pretty pumped up for Prague.”

The city of Prague is featured in this month’s edition of Money Magazine as one of the top 10 international destinations to visit.

The average round-trip airfare is just under $1,000, while the cost of a week for two people will run around $3,500.

Switzerland and the Czech Republic are not the only international stops for the NHL this season. 

The Blackhawks will play a preseason game in Berlin, Germany, with the Lightning and Sabres playing a regular-season game in November in Stockholm, Sweden.

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