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

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

The Flyers can put a winning touch on their four-game road trip.

To do so, they'll have to overcome a unique challenge Monday night when the Flyers (6-7-1) visit the Coyotes (7-5-0).

Let's look at the essentials:

When: 9 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gila River Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Coyotes are not a team to scoff at like the past four seasons.

Arizona is building a tough-to-play-against style under second-year head coach and former Flyer Rick Tocchet. The Coyotes are allowing the NHL's fewest goals per game at 2.00 and own the top-ranked penalty kill at 92.1 percent.

For some context, the Flyers have allowed 30 more goals than Arizona and their PK is 30th at 68.6 percent.

The Coyotes have scored a league-most seven — yes, seven — shorthanded goals through 12 games. Last year, 13 teams didn't amass seven shorthanded markers all season, including the Flyers, who finished with three. 

Arizona's penalty kill gets after you and overall the team plays mistake-free hockey.

• The Coyotes are on quite a run, winning five straight by a combined score of 24-7. Against the Flyers Monday night, Arizona is looking to complete a 5-0-0 homestand for just the second time in franchise history, according to Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic.

Meanwhile, the Flyers have picked things up with 11 goals over their last three games. Still, the power play is 1 for 8 on the road trip and 2 for its last 28 since Oct. 13, which is 30th in the league at 7.1 percent over that span.

• For Game 15 of the season, did anyone think Calvin Pickard would be your starting goalie with Alex Lyon as the backup?

OK, don't answer that question. Given the health concerns with Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, it probably isn't all that surprising.

But here we are Monday with Pickard the starter in net and Lyon the backup. Elliott was dinged up Sunday in practice and will miss Monday's game (see story). Neuvirth was placed on injured reserve Monday morning to make room for Lyon.

Pickard and Lyon have a combined 16 games of experience since the start of last season. Not the ideal goalie situation this early into the 2018-19 campaign.

• A victory Monday would be a major feat for the Flyers. It would give them a 3-0-1 road trip before a five-game homestand. They would be 7-7-1 overall, not all that different from last season's 7-6-2 start. Given the outlook prior to this road swing, things could be worse.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny 
Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Jakub Voracek
Dale Weise-Jordan Weal-Wayne Simmonds
Scott Laughton-Jori Lehtera-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

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

Goalies
Calvin Pickard
Alex Lyon

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Flyers' Radko Gudas receives 2-game suspension, opening door for Philippe Myers

Flyers' Radko Gudas receives 2-game suspension, opening door for Philippe Myers

Radko Gudas was burned by his reputation Wednesday and it will cost him from playing in two of the Flyers' biggest games this season.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety handed down a two-game suspension for Gudas' high-sticking infraction to the head of Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during the third period of the Flyers' 5-2 loss Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Gudas is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA and his history of such penalties bit him in this circumstance, as he'll miss Thursday's road game against the Canadiens and Saturday's Stadium Series game against the Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field. 

On top of the suspension, the Flyers' defenseman will also forfeit $81,707.32.

Here was the review and reasoning behind the decision from the NHL's Department of Player Safety:

While we agree with Gudas' assertion that this slash is not excessively forceful or violent, this is an intentional play by Gudas. A player who intentionally brings his stick down onto the head of an opponent with a two-handed slashing motion can expect to be penalized by the on-ice officials and, in most cases, be met with some form of supplemental discipline be it a warning, a fine or a suspension.

What causes this play to rise to the level of a suspension is Gudas' disciplinary history, specifically his history of similar behavior.

Prior to this incident, Gudas had been hit with suspensions of 10 games (2017-18), six games (2016-17) and three games (2015-16).

The 28-year-old has cleaned up his play significantly this season, becoming one of the Flyers' most reliable defensemen. Gudas owns a team-best plus-12 rating and his penalties have been down compared to years past. He also plays the Flyers' second-most penalty-kill minutes (159:16), while leading the team in hits (197) and blocking the third-most shots (101).

His absence opens the door for 22-year-old prospect Philippe Myers, who has played just one NHL game — his debut last weekend. It marks a huge opportunity for Myers to prove himself to the coaching staff and general manager Chuck Fletcher.

"Phil Myers can help this team win right now, too," Fletcher said Feb. 9.

"He's still a young man and really, his key time will be next year at training camp and earning a full-time spot for a full season. But right now, if we can get him some experience, practice seems great, being around the team is great, if he can get some games, that'll only help him as he prepares for next year."

The Flyers entered Wednesday six points out of the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot with 22 games remaining. Two teams they're chasing in the playoff hunt are the Canadiens and Penguins, both of whom have 71 points compared to the Flyers' 63.

Meanwhile, Gudas wasn't the Flyers' only defenseman in trouble Wednesday. Robert Hagg was fined $3,091.40 for interference on Cedric Paquette during Tuesday's game.

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Scott Hartnell, other fan favorites highlight Flyers alumni game for 2019 Stadium Series weekend

Scott Hartnell, other fan favorites highlight Flyers alumni game for 2019 Stadium Series weekend

What makes the Stadium Series that much more fun is how it brings the families and alumni together for the weekend.

The Flyers' alumni showdown for this year's event should be plenty of fun.

On Wednesday, the roster was announced for the game, which will be held Friday at 7 p.m. on Penn's campus at the Class of '23 Arena. 

Many fan favorites will suit up, including Scott Hartnell, who has been a busy man since retiring in October. Hartnell was honored by the Flyers in December and was officially named an on-air analyst Wednesday for the NHL Network.

Here are the former Flyers that will play Friday against alumni from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

Forwards

• Riley Cote, Brian Propp, Danny Briere, Todd Fedoruk, Scott Hartnell, Mitch Lamoureux, Dave Brown

Defensemen

• Brad Marsh, Joe Watson, Terry Carkner, Doug Crossman, Kjell Samuelsson, Jim Watson, Nick Schultz, Kimmo Timonen

Goaltender

• Brian Boucher

Paul Holmgren, Bob Kelly and Bill Barber are set to coach the team, while Bernie Parent, Dave Schultz, Bill Clement and Reggie Leach will be in attendance.

For fans interested in attending the game, tickets can be purchased right here.

Meanwhile, the current Flyers will also hit the ice Friday for a 6 p.m. practice at Lincoln Financial Field in preparation for Saturday's 8 p.m. game against the Penguins.

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