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Flyers vs. Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

For the Hurricanes, it’s a home-and-home matchup.

For the Flyers, they’re just happy to be home after coming off a disappointing 1-3-1 road trip.

This will be the second matchup between the Flyers (15-19-5) and the Hurricanes (16-17-5) in the past three days.

• When: 7 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBCSP
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

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

• On Wednesday, Claude Giroux was the Flyers' lone representative selected to the All-Star Game — Giroux's sixth of his career — that will take pace Jan. 26 in San Jose.

Giroux passes John LeClair and joins Eric Lindros to play in six All-Star games as a Flyer. Flyers Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke holds the franchise record with 10.

Anytime you get a chance to go to an event the NHL puts together it’s always a good experience for me, my family and my friends. You get a chance to play with other good players. I’ve been a few times and I’ve had fun every year.

However, Jake Voracek may also know the way to San Jose. The Flyers' winger is a part of a group of "Last Men In," where fans choose the final player to represent each team. Flyers fans can go to NHL.com to cast their ballot for Voracek.

• Defenseman Christian Folin will make a rare appearance in a Flyers uniform.

Folin will replace the injured Andrew MacDonald, who is suffering from an undisclosed injury he sustained against the Predators on Tuesday. Head coach Scott Gordon couldn’t provide a timetable on how much time MacDonald could miss.

Folin hasn’t played since a 6-0 loss in Toronto and has been a healthy scratch for the Flyers the last 16 games. The Flyers are 8-8-1 in the 17 games Folin has played this season.

• The Flyers are trying to overcome another bagel performance after Nashville blanked them 4-0 Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena. 

It was the fifth time in 39 games they’ve been shutout, tied with the Coyotes and Bruins for most in the NHL. However, last season, the Flyers were blanked five times in their first 18 games of the regular season.

• It’s a Czech vs. Czech matchup in net with Michal Neuvirth opposing his former teammate Petr Mrazek.

Interestingly, in 16 starts this season, Mrazek has been able to string together back-to-back wins only once back in late October. With Carolina playing on back-to-back nights, Mrazek will be the Canes' starting goaltender tonight after Curtis McElhinney stifled the Flyers on New Year’s Eve, stopping 22 of 23 shots.  

The last time Mrazek won three straight games came last season when he won his first three starts with the Flyers, but his season took a nosedive from there on with a 3-6-3 record, 3.70 goals against with an .880 save percentage and was a big reason the Flyers did not attempt to re-sign Mrazek. 

Tonight will mark Mrazek’s 200th career NHL game. Interestingly, McElhinney also played his 200th career game, a 3-1 victory Tuesday against the Flyers.

Neuvirth would like to carry over his past success against Carolina, where he owns a 7-3-1 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Jake Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Jordan Weal-Wayne Simmonds
Oskar Lindblom-Phil Varone-Dale Weise

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Radko Gudas
Robert Hagg-Christian Folin

Goalies
Michal Neuvirth
Carter Hart

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The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

The top 10 moments that make Travis Konecny, well, Travis Konecny

When you think of Travis Konecny, you think of a first-round pick, A-plus chirper, currently in the middle of a breakout season and now an NHL All-Star. Konecny has had quite the career through his first four seasons with the Flyers and there will be much more to look forward to in the coming years.

For now, here are the 10 best moments since becoming a Flyer that make Konecny, well … Konecny. 

Chirp central
When NBC released "Wired: Stadium Series," Konecny officially became one of the best chirpers in the league. His quick wit during the game was iconic when he was on one of the biggest regular-season platforms in the NHL. Personal favorite chirp has to go to, “Eat up, bud!” 

Post Stadium Series dance party 
The fun didn’t stop on the ice though, the celebration continued into the Eagles’ locker room where he danced the night away with teammate Nolan Patrick. 

Speaking of Nolan ...
During the 2018-19 season, Flyers TV had a special on the youth of the team where a lot of it focused on the bromance of Konecny and Patrick. From tying ties to trying to get out of a parking garages, there’s a bunch of quality bits in there. 

The offseason with T.K.
Before going into the 2017-18 season, the Flyers gave everyone a sneak peek of what the offseason is like for Konecny when it comes to training and conditioning, his childhood town (which only has one stop sign), life on the farm and tons of fishing … tons of fishing. 

Reporting for duty
One of the most exciting moments of 2019 came once Konecny finally signed his contract and reported to training camp to be with his teammates and new head coach Alain Vigneault. The Flyers’ Twitter account had a field day with the announcement, replying to just about every "sign T.K." tweet there was on the platform. They even responded to my post about me talking about how they signed him … by letting me know they signed him. A-plus job. 

His career best
There have been multiple times in his career, five to be exact, in which Konecny wound up having a three-point game. They have become much more frequent this season, having three of the five coming in the first half of the 2019-20 season. While none of these three-point nights have resulted in a hat trick, I’m sure the next time he’s an All-Star that’s going to be a different story. 

A whole lot of fighting 
There’s no shortage of footage when it comes to Konecny dropping the gloves. This place on this list is dedicated to T.K. dropping the gloves and the penalty minutes endured because of it. 

A different kind of fight 
It’s hard to forget the impact young Zach Steward had on all of us during Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the Wells Fargo Center. No one was impacted more than Konecny. Steward had given his favorite player a "Strong then, stronger now" bracelet, worn by those who want to support him in his second battle of cancer. While it was an inspiring moment for Konecny to wear it for that game, he continues to wear it all season long and it doesn’t go unnoticed. 

“I think it really shows a lot about his character,” Steward said. “And that he has a big heart not just on the ice, but off the ice.

“Just a small simple gesture means a lot and makes my day every time I see him with it on.” 


Image credit: The Philadelphia Flyers

OT goals compilation 
This one is self explanatory but his cellies following each are just as good as the goals themselves. 

Evolving into his final form
It seems like that chipped tooth Konecny got on Jan. 11 might have been a good luck charm. Since that game, he’s averaged a point per game through five games. The chip may have been fixed but the power of it remains. 

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Flyers' Travis Konecny to participate in fastest skater event

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Flyers' Travis Konecny to participate in fastest skater event

Not only will Travis Konecny represent the Flyers in the NHL All-Star Game, he'll add another activity to his plate on All-Star weekend in St. Louis.

Konecny will participate in the Bridgestone NHL fastest skater event at 2020 NHL All-Star Skills on Friday night in St. Louis.

Here are the other participants:

  • Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
  • Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
  • Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
  • Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

The rules of the event are as follows, according to the NHL:

Eight players will compete in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater. Each skater will be timed for one full lap around the rink. The skater may choose the direction of their lap and can be positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty box side of the center red line. The skater must start on the referee’s whistle and the timing clock will start when the skater crosses the start line. In the event of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch. The skater with the fastest time is the winner of the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, and if there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will skate another lap to determine the winner.

Konecny will be up against stiff competition as McDavid has won the event three straight years.

The skills events will begin on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

On Saturday, the All-Star Game will see Konecny's Metropolitan Division take on the Atlantic Division at 8:15 p.m. If it advances, it'll play the winner of the Pacific and Central Divisions at 10:15 p.m.

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