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

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

Let the Chuck Fletcher era begin.

The Flyers (11-12-2) welcome the Blue Jackets (15-10-2) Thursday night for the first game under their new general manager.

Let's look at the essentials:

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

• James van Riemsdyk is seven games into his return and he's been relatively quiet. He has points in just one of those seven contests when he put up a goal and two assists during the 6-5 overtime loss to the Lightning on Nov. 17.

Still, it's important to remember where he is after missing nearly a month and a half of game action with a lower-body injury.

Head coach Dave Hakstol highlighted that after Thursday's morning skate:

Pretty good 200-foot play. He's been pretty good on the puck, he's been good defensively, he's starting to feel some things offensively. It's about the timeframe, coming off that long injury at this time of year. Basically, he's got to leap from preseason level to midyear and we're six, seven games in now, so you can see it coming a little bit more for him.

You can look at Sean Couturier as a good example. He missed preseason time because of a lower-body injury and was slow out of the gates to start the regular season. After just three points in his first 11 games, Couturier has 16 points in his last 14 games.

• The Flyers are looking to win consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 5-10, when they won three straight.

To do so, they'll have to beat Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets, who are one point behind the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

For the second time this season, the Flyers will face Bobrovsky after the goalie has allowed eight goals in a game.

Crazy, right?

"I think it's pretty rare that he's even going to let in more than three in a game," Travis Konecny said. "So we're not looking at that as an opportunity to take advantage of him. We know he's going to come out pretty solid tonight and put his best foot forward."

Bobrovsky, of course, has had his way with the Flyers over his career, going 11-3-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .931 save percentage against his former team.

• There will be a sense of newness tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

Not only will Fletcher see his first game as general manager before a five-game road trip, but Rick Wilson will also be on the bench for his first game as a Flyers assistant coach.

Wilson could impact the Flyers in a few ways (see story).

• Hey, it's 90s night.


Projected lineup

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny 
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Jori Lehtera-Dale Weise

Defensemen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Ivan Provorov
Andrew MacDonald-Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Anthony Stolarz
Michal Neuvirth

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What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

What's next for Scott Gordon? Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chuck Fletcher wanted to give Scott Gordon some time to think about his future.

The general manager said Gordon was understandably disappointed Monday morning when he was told he didn't earn the Flyers' full-time head coaching position.

What might Gordon be doing in the meantime?

Good chance he's checking in on the NHL playoffs.

Two weeks ago, Gordon was in limbo with the Flyers — a part of meetings moving forward and considered a strong candidate for the head coaching job, but with nothing guaranteed.

He was asked if such a dynamic was awkward at all.

"At the end of every year, it doesn't matter where you are or what your contract is, there's always a chance you're not going to be back," Gordon said. "I go into the summer or the end of the season, I obviously reflect on the past season, what I'd like to do different [or keep] the same."

In doing so, Gordon likes to study the postseason. A big advocate of dissecting game film, Gordon does the same with the Stanley Cup Final.

"I generally try to watch the playoffs as a fan and then in the finals, I'll watch it as a fan but then I will get those on a computer and break down, in August, some of the things … when the playoffs go through, just identify some things that I like that teams did," Gordon said. "Pay particular attention to the finals in August, as far as what I might consider doing differently, pull footage and present to my team maybe a different way of going about business."

Which team Gordon is working for in 2019-20 is unknown. He impressed Fletcher as the Flyers' interim head coach. The club was in the basement of the 31-team NHL standings more than halfway through the regular season. By March 11, the Flyers were within three points of a playoff spot following an 18-4-2 spree under Gordon.

Fletcher said he would likely touch base with Gordon again after Easter weekend. He will welcome him back to the organization with open arms. Fletcher said Gordon's previous job as head coach of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley was his if the 56-year-old wanted it.

However, Gordon said after the Flyers' regular-season finale that his time with the 2018-19 club changed his perspective on coaching in the NHL again, a much-needed spark following a not-so-memorable two-plus seasons as head coach of the Islanders from 2008-10.

"My experience in Long Island wasn't a great one," Gordon said April 6. "So much so that I didn't really think too much about coaching in the NHL. If it happened, great, but I wasn't losing any sleep over it. As I told the players after the game tonight, coming in here and dealing with the character of the players — not just as players but as people — reinvigorated that desire to coach in the NHL. With that being said, I'll do what job is asked of me and I won't think twice about it."

Gordon won't have any issues finding a job. He'll be watching the Stanley Cup Final, ready to coach.

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Maple Leafs, Golden Knights can clinch on home ice

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Maple Leafs, Golden Knights can clinch on home ice

Four first-round playoff series remain alive.

Two of those four series could end Sunday.

Both the Maple Leafs and Golden Knights can advance to the second round if they win their respective Game 6s on home ice.

Below is the full schedule for Day 12 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (TOR 3-2)
Game 6, Eastern Conference first round
3 p.m. ET | TV: NBC | Live stream here

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights (VGK 3-2)
Game 6, Western Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here