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Flyers have another party at the Wells Fargo Center in rout of Sabres

Flyers have another party at the Wells Fargo Center in rout of Sabres

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Come on out to the Wells Fargo Center.

That's what the Flyers said Thursday night with a 6-1 drubbing of the Sabres.

The Flyers (19-11-5) received goals from James van Riemsdyk (two), Ivan Provorov, Matt Niskanen, Tyler Pitlick and Mikhail Vorobyev.

Eleven different Flyers recorded a point, led by Travis Konecny's three-assist game. Niskanen, van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes also put up multi-point efforts (see highlights).

The Sabres (16-13-7) didn't have their star and it showed.

• There has been some buzz about the Flyers' attendance figures, which are lower than in years past.

It's only December, though, and you know what, the Flyers have been awfully fun to watch at the Wells Fargo Center.

Thursday night was a pretty good example. The crowd was also better than previous games and it will continue to grow if the Flyers put on performances like this one.

The Flyers have earned at least a point in 16 of 18 home games (12-2-4). Over their last six games at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers are 5-1-0 and have outscored the opposition 27-10.

Hard to complain about that.

• Speaking of reasons to buy tickets, how about Carter Hart?

The 21-year-old goalie gives the Flyers a crazy bright future and is 10-1-2 with a 1.53 goals-against average at home.

"It’s scary to think that he can be way, way better," Jakub Voracek said Wednesday.

• The Flyers caught a huge break when Jack Eichel was scratched five minutes before the game because of an upper-body injury.

Buffalo's 23-year-old center is on a 17-game point streak in which he has recorded 16 goals, 15 assists and a plus-17 rating.

The Flyers then jumped on the Sabres with three goals in a four-minute span during the first period. During the middle frame, they scored three more in just over a four-minute stretch.

• Since Nov. 19, Hayes has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 15 games. 

Since Nov. 27, van Riemsdyk has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 11 games.

When those two are producing, the Flyers go to a completely different level.

• Provorov had 12 power play points (two goals, 10 assists) over his first three seasons.

In 35 games this season, Provorov has 11 man advantage points (five goals, six assists).

He has taken a major step, just like the Flyers wanted.

• The Flyers on Saturday visit the Senators (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP+). Here's why that game could get interesting.

 

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Flyers Talk podcast: Analyzing scenarios for Stanley Cup Playoffs

Flyers Talk podcast: Analyzing scenarios for Stanley Cup Playoffs

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by Joe Fordyce, the Flyers Pre and Postgame Live producer.

From multiple interviews to the format of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, let's dive in:

1:25 — Kevin Hayes talks all things Flyers and the NHL stoppage

7:30 — No fans during the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

14:50 — An interview with Rick Tocchet and Keith Jones

18:00 — Should the NHL change the playoff format?

24:00 — Life without Flyers hockey right now

30:30 — Debating our all-time Flyers team

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Gritty all over the place, funny Penguins moments as Flyers roll their rival in NHL 20

Gritty all over the place, funny Penguins moments as Flyers roll their rival in NHL 20

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has suspended the 2019-20 NHL season, the Flyers did not get a chance to beat the Penguins last Sunday in Philadelphia.

They did, however, dominate them on NHL 20 Thursday night as NBC Sports Philadelphia aired a simulation with the great trio of Jim Jackson, Keith Jones and Taryn Hatcher on the call.

The Flyers never trailed in beating Pittsburgh, 6-4, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Michael Raffl led the way with a pair of first-period goals. Kevin Hayes (one goal, one assist), James van Riemsdyk (one goal, one assist), Matt Niskanen (two assists), Travis Sanheim (two assists) and Nate Thompson (two assists) all had multi-point games.

Oh, and Gritty enjoyed the win. So did Claude Giroux.


Raffl's goals were massive in setting the tone during the opening 20 minutes. Despite allowing four markers, Carter Hart made a ton of timely saves, especially in the first period.

On Raffl's first goal, Penguins forward Conor Sheary got stuck right in the middle of the Flyers' celebration. Poor guy.

On Raffl's second goal, Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues tripped right over his goalie Matt Murray as the Flyers were celebrating.


A big storyline in the Flyers' win was Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being held to no goals.

As you can see, there were some daring Penguins fans in attendance. We have a strong feeling they were welcomed kindly by Flyers fans.

Just like in real life, the Flyers were very defensive of the 21-year-old Hart. Get close to the kid, you've got problems.


Tyler Pitlick added clutch secondary scoring during the second period to give the Flyers a 3-1 edge.

Gritty, with the neck of an owl, enjoyed his view in the middle stanza.

"He's always got a good spot," Jackson said.

"He's usually got some popcorn to dump on a Penguins fan's head," Jones said.

Unfortunately, that did not happen (let's be real, it probably did).

Justin Braun, Hayes and van Riemsdyk (empty-netter) tallied goals in the final stanza to seal the Flyers' win. 

The Penguins' goals came from Brandon Tanev, Patric Hornqvist, Teddy Blueger and Marcus Pettersson.

That's not going to do it against this 2019-20 Flyers team, which has dominated in Philadelphia.

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