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

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

Thankfully, it’s the end of the road.

The Flyers (37-35-8) will wrap up their road schedule against the St. Louis Blues (43-28-9), who have been reenergized by an interim head coach and a rookie goaltender.

Let's take a look at Thursday night's essentials:

• When: 8 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 7:30 p.m.
• Where: Enterprise Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• With Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Dallas, the Flyers are limping to the finish line with a 1-5-0 record in their last six games. They will fail to win 40 games for the third time in the past five years.

• With Carter Hart scheduled to start the season finale Saturday, Brian Elliott will make his final start of the season, and quite possibly, the last appearance of his Flyers career.

• After tonight, Claude Giroux and Ivan Provorov will have played in all 41 road games in each of the past three seasons.

• Elliott spent five seasons in St. Louis leading the NHL in save percentage twice during that span: a .940 clip in 2011-12 and a .930 percentage in 2015-16. He is 5-1-0 in his career against his former team.

• Flyers center Corban Knight was placed on waivers on Wednesday and cleared. He’ll likely remain with the Flyers before possibly rejoining the Phantoms.

• Three of the previous four meetings against the Blues have resulted in a shutout. The Flyers dropped a 3-0 setback to St. Louis on Jan. 7. In their last visit to Enterprise Center, Michal Neuvirth turned aside 33 shots in a 2-0 victory.

• Former Flyers head coach Craig Berube has guided St. Louis to a 36-19-6 mark since taking over the head coaching duties for Mike Yeo on Nov. 19 on an interim basis.

Certainly, Berube deserves serious consideration for the Jack Adams award as coach of the year. The Blues were as many as 10 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference as late as Nov. 29. They’re now one point back of the Central Division lead with two games remaining.

• Much of the Blues' success can be tied to rookie netminder Jordan Binnington, who earned his first NHL win against the Flyers earlier this season. Since then, Binnington has gone 21-5-1, which has included a nine-game winning streak.

• Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko is on a two-game goal streak and has now topped the 30-goal mark for the fifth straight season. During that stretch, only Alex Ovechkin and John Tavares have scored more goals than Tarasenko.

• Former Flyer forward Brayden Schenn has just 15 goals in 70 games played this season. It would be his lowest goal total in a non-shortened season since putting up 12 goals as a rookie in Philadelphia during the 2011-12 season.

• Nolan Patrick will not play tonight because of an upper-body injury.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Corban Knight-Ryan Hartman
Michael Raffl-Phil Varone

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Samuel Morin

Goalies
Brian Elliott
Cam Talbot

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Kevin Hayes hooks up Jakub Voracek with 'Big Hayes-y 13' shirt

Kevin Hayes hooks up Jakub Voracek with 'Big Hayes-y 13' shirt

Kevin Hayes had the support of his teammates on and off the ice Friday night.

The Flyers' 5-2 win over the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center featured some intense and feisty moments.

After all, it was a rivalry game in late February between Philly and New York. To add spice to the storyline, Hayes played parts of his first five NHL seasons for the Rangers before they parted ways with the center at last season's trade deadline.

Hayes, who is proud to call Philadelphia his new home and for the next seven years, didn't take long to become a leader in the Flyers' dressing room.

Just look at the reaction from his teammates late in the second period Friday night when Hayes and Brendan Lemieux started scuffling.

After the game, Voracek showed love for Hayes — and his new brew. Following a four-assist performance, Voracek rocked a "Big Hayes-y 13" shirt from his pal.

On Friday night, Yards Brewing Company released a beer called the “Big Hayes-y 13” in salute to No. 13.

“He gave it to me," Voracek said. "I made sure he didn’t give it to anybody else. I think I’m the right person to kind of wear it — I deserve this.”

Has Voracek had a cold “Big Hayes-y 13” yet?

“I didn’t try it," he said. "I want to, though."

Yards Brewing Company on Spring Garden St. will have to hook up Voracek.

“After the games, one or two cold beers doesn’t hurt anyone," Voracek said.

“I enjoy that place.”

If it has those shirts, it'll have to hook up Flyers fans with some.

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Flyers add to their growing list of statement wins by thumping Rangers

Flyers add to their growing list of statement wins by thumping Rangers

Updated: Saturday, 12:45 a.m.

BOX SCORE

The Flyers have made their fair share of statements this season.

They added to the list Friday night with a convincing 5-2 win over the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center.

New York had been rolling and gaining steam in the playoff race. The Rangers entered 9-1-0 over their last 10 games and had won nine straight on the road.

The Flyers stemmed the tide significantly.

Who better than Kevin Hayes to punctuate the party with a third-period goal.

The Flyers (37-20-7) have matched their season-best win streak of five. Since Jan. 8, they're 15-5-1 with an NHL-high 77 goals. Over that stretch, the Flyers have 31 points, tied with the Lightning and Bruins for most in the league.

The Rangers (35-25-4) have dropped both meetings with the Flyers thus far by a combined score of 10-3.

• A massive win on multiple fronts.

The Flyers have jumped the Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh lost Friday night to the Ducks, 3-2.

Just as important, the Flyers pushed away the Rangers a bit more, while improving to 13-4-4 within the Metro division, which is the deepest in the NHL.

• The Flyers completely flipped the game in a span of 2:05 during the second period. James van Riemsdyk finished a juicy rebound to seize a 2-1 lead before Claude Giroux turned and fired a filthy shot top shelf to put the Flyers in the driver's seat.

The Flyers sped away in the third period.

• Giroux and Jakub Voracek, the Flyers' household names, looked like the vintage duo in a rivalry game.

Voracek collected four assists to give him 37 points (eight goals, 29 assists) and a plus-16 mark over the last 42 games.

Giroux had some real giddyap in his step, scored two goals, won 13 faceoffs and is on a 14-point run through the past 10 games.

Sean Couturier registered a goal and an assist ... ho-hum.

• Carter Hart improved to 18-2-2 at home.

The 21-year-old has been lights out in front of his fans, allowing two or fewer goals in 18 of his 22 home games.

Alexandar Georgiev, the Rangers' 24-year-old netminder, is 1-3-0 in four career games against the Flyers.

• Derek Grant, acquired at Monday's trade deadline, played well as his role increased.

He's another big body that can win important faceoffs and be tough to play against.

Grant won seven draws and played 15-plus minutes.

Another role player Scott Laughton had two more assists and was all over the place.

• Hayes is 2-0-0 against the Rangers this season. He returns to Madison Square Garden Sunday.

"I couldn't be more excited to be here in Philly, to start a new chapter in my NHL career where I have the security to be somewhere for a long term," Hayes said in September. "In New York, my longest contract was two years, the last three years it was trade bait basically every year."

• During a 1-1 game in the second period, a laughable penalty was called on Philippe Myers. The Flyers killed it off and then swung the momentum in their favor.

• Chris Kreider, the Rangers' third-leading goal scorer who signed a seven-year, $45.5 million extension Monday, suffered a fractured foot during the first period.

That's huge news. The Flyers play New York twice more over the final 18 games.

• The Flyers are scheduled to practice Saturday at noon in Voorhees, New Jersey, before heading to New York to play the Rangers Sunday (12 p.m. ET/NBC).

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