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

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

After taking five out of a possible six points from three teams with a combined record of 34-12-12, Alain Vigneault's team has a matchup it can't overlook.

The Flyers (10-5-3) visit the Senators (7-10-1) Friday night to open their fifth back-to-back set of 17 this season.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Canadian Tire Centre
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers are playing good hockey, riding a seven-game point streak (5-0-2) and an 8-2-2 stretch since Oct. 21. The Islanders will await them in Philadelphia for a big game Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. New York is on a 13-game point streak (12-0-1) and allowing the NHL's fewest goals per game at 2.29.

The showdown Saturday makes Friday a possible trap game for the Flyers against an Ottawa team that is tied for the second-fewest points in the NHL at 15.

With good leadership, I don't think that's going to be an issue. I look at all of our games lately, I look at the league, I look at the parity in the league, I look at the different teams that we've played and some that we haven't played — this is a tough league, every game is a tough battle. Six of our last seven have gone to overtime, quite a few have gone to shootouts.

Ottawa had just won a big game [Wednesday] against the Devils, they've been playing a lot better lately, so we're going to have to be ready, we're going to have to execute, we're going to have to defend. It's going to be another challenging game for us, there's no doubt in my mind.

I'm confident that our leaders are going to make sure that everybody is focused, everybody is ready come puck drop.

- Vigneault on Thursday

• The Senators are 4 for 62 (6.5 percent) on the power play. Eight NHL players have more man advantage goals on the season.

The Flyers' penalty kill is 29 for its last 31 (93.5 percent) and fifth in the league at 86.3 percent.

• In November, Carter Hart is 4-0-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.

• James van Riemsdyk has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 35 lifetime matchups with Ottawa, matching his most points against any NHL opponent.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Joel Farabee-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Carsen Twarynski
Andy Andreoff-Michael Raffl-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

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

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

2020 NHL All-Star Game: Flyers' Travis Konecny shows off his career-high stuff for Metropolitan Division

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Travis Konecny stormed into the NHL All-Star break already with a new career high in assists. The Flyers' winger has 26 helpers and is projected to finish with 44, a sign of significant growth in a breakout 2019-20 season for the 22-year-old.

On Saturday night in the 2020 All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Konecny put his facilitating on display during the 3-on-3 action featuring the world's best players. He finished with three assists in the Metropolitan Division's 9-5 semifinal loss to the Atlantic Division.

"I had a lot of fun," Konecny said Saturday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "It was pretty funny, I was watching my parents in the stands and my mom didn't understand why we weren't playing like a real game.

"It's my first game and it's her first time seeing it. I don't know if she was expecting me to be blocking shots and forechecking, stuff like that. I had a lot of fun with it.

"It was a really cool experience, getting to play with some players, too, that I usually won't get the chance to play with was fun."

Konecny playing in his first All-Star Game at 22 years old should be exciting for the Flyers. Claude Giroux was 23 years old for his first All-Star Game back in 2011. The future looks bright for Konecny, who signed a new six-year, $33 million contract back in mid-September.

With 17 goals and 43 points through 47 games, Konecny is eight goals and seven points away from setting career highs across the board.

A breakout, indeed.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's first All-Star Game:

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Why Flyers fans should be hopeful about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Why Flyers fans should be hopeful about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Today, we break down why Flyers fans should be hopeful for the post-All-Star break stretch. On Sunday, we’ll look at the reasons for concern.

Through 50 games, the Flyers have done two important things. They’ve played well within the division and have dominated at home. 

Those two trends bode well for after the All-Star break because divisional games become much bigger and confidence at home is paramount as the pressure builds.

The Flyers are 17-4-4 at home and 9-2-3 against Metropolitan foes. The marks are notable given the Flyers fell sorely short in those areas last season, when they finished 19-18-4 at home and 10-16-2 in divisional play.

Another positive is the Flyers are getting healthier after the break. Shayne Gostisbehere (knee) could be back Friday in the Flyers’ first game out of the bye week, while Carter Hart (abdominal strain) is expected to return not long after.

But what might be the Flyers’ most convincing piece of evidence for optimism is how they’ve performed against the NHL’s best teams. The Flyers have shown they can play with any club, which is huge for their own belief moving forward.

The Flyers are 11th in the NHL standings at 27-17-6. They've gone 9-5-3 against the top-10 teams and 5-1-1 vs. the top four.

Head coach Alain Vigneault has a history of taking teams to the playoffs, and doing so in Year 1 on the job. At his previous three stops (Canadiens, Canucks, Rangers), each of his first seasons produced playoff bids and at least one series victory.

Vigneault’s track record will be tested over the Flyers’ final 32 games.

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