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

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

Following forgettable back-to-back losses, the Flyers have a big weekend ahead.

It starts Friday when the Flyers (5-5-1) visit the Devils (2-5-3) before returning home Saturday to welcome the Maple Leafs (6-5-3).

Let's get into the essentials for tonight:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Alain Vigneault has no qualms with challenging his players, even the veteran ones. He has felt the need to do so following consecutive losses to divisional opponents by a combined score of 12-4.

Right now, the head coach is looking at his core pieces, specifically Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, along with Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes and Carter Hart.

Vigneault knows how to deliver a message and has done so a few times, including Thursday after practice:

What is true about our team is no different than any other team: We need goaltending and we need our top players to lead the way for us. Lead the way by how they’re supposed to play, how they have to play on the ice. We need G to be a top-end performer like he’s been for the past few years, I need Jake to be a top-end performer like he’s been for the past few years. We need those guys to lead the way for us with their play on the ice and I’m very confident that’s going to be the case.

Starting the right way, playing the right way, starts with your top players. It starts with their leadership, their involvement in making sure that everybody is dialed in, tuned in. That goes from Kevin Hayes to Jake to G to Coots. Those are the guys that we look to for guidance. When I say we, I’m a teammate in this room. I want those guys to step up and show us the way. 

I know that whether it be G, whether it be Jake, whether it be Coots, whether it be Hayesey, whether it be Carter Hart, those guys know they need to be better for us to have success and they’re gonna get an opportunity [Friday] to prove it.

It's not the first time the Flyers have warranted their coach pleading for more during the opening month of a season (see story).

• Like the Flyers, the Devils have also allowed 12 goals over their past two games, both losses. New Jersey has lost eight of its first 10 games and has been outscored 41-28.

• Four rookies are expected in the lineup for the Flyers: Joel Farabee, German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski and Philippe Myers (see story).

"It’s certainly not about message sending," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Thursday. "As I mentioned in training camp, it’s going to be a process here early in the season and there would probably be a steady flow of players getting called up and getting sent back to Lehigh Valley. Part of it would be based on performance up here and part of it is these are young players that you want to make sure you develop them properly.

"What we’re trying to do is just balance what we need up here to have the most competitive team on the ice, as well as making sure that they’re developing and maintaining a high level of confidence.”

Projected lineup

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
Carsen Twarynski-German Rubtsov-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers rallying behind Oskar Lindblom after his Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis

Flyers rallying behind Oskar Lindblom after his Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis

The No. 23 jersey of Oskar Lindblom hung proudly and powerfully in the Flyers' dressing room of Xcel Energy Center.

It was a sign of unity.

The Flyers are rallying behind Lindblom, their 23-year-old brother and teammate who has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones (see story).

Teammates were emotional but strong Saturday night.

“I just went in the room and I saw it, it’s kind of tough not to be emotional," Claude Giroux told reporters before the Flyers' game against the Wild after seeing Lindblom's jersey. "But it’s good for everybody to see his jersey there.”

The team announced Lindblom's diagnosis on Friday afternoon. The Flyers then had to open a back-to-back set on the road against the Wild on Saturday and the Jets on Sunday. 

“He’s a fighter, he’ll get through this," Ivan Provorov said to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher before the game. "We love him, we’ll support him all the way and he knows we’re here for him. He’s not fighting this fight alone and we’ll do everything that we can to make sure he feels that there’s all people supporting him.”

The Flyers' captain knows that is most important.

"When one of your teammates is going to go through a fight like this, we’ll all behind him," Giroux said. "We’re there to support him. … We love Oskar a lot, he’s a strong kid."

(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

(Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Images)

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

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

The Flyers will be playing for more than just two points Saturday night.

They'll be playing for Oskar Lindblom, their teammate who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. The news was announced Friday and has been followed by an outpouring of support for the 23-year-old (see story).

As they back Lindblom, the Flyers will try to move forward. Since the start of November, they've done a pretty good job of not leaving games empty-handed. The Flyers have earned at least a point in 16 of their last 20 contests, going 12-4-4.

On Saturday, the Flyers (17-9-5) will try to get back into the points column when they visit the Wild (15-12-5).

(Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers)

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• An example of how consistent the Flyers have been is that they haven't lost consecutive games in regulation since Oct. 27-29. They'll try to avoid doing so Saturday night after dropping to the Avalanche, 3-1, Wednesday night.

With head coach Alain Vigneault's constant emphasis on structure and possession, the Flyers have given themselves a chance most nights.

A positive for Vigneault and company heading into the matchup with the Wild: The Flyers are tied for second in the NHL with the fewest shots allowed per game (28.8), while Minnesota puts up the second-fewest shots per game (28.6).

The Flyers have a good chance to play on their terms tonight.

• Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr are back in their old stomping grounds.

Fletcher was the GM of the Wild from 2009 to 2018 and Flahr was his AGM from 2010 to 2018.

Fletcher's challenge in Philadelphia was similar to the one he faced in Minnesota and here's how he fared (see story).

• The Wild have played the fewest home games in the NHL (12) and the most on the road (20). Minnesota is 8-1-3 at home and 11-3-4 overall since Nov. 5 following a 4-9-1 start.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Morgan Frost-Tyler Pitlick
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
David Kase-Mikhail Vorobyev-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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