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

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

VOORHEES, N.J. — Talk about a month of Crazy Eights.

After enduring an eight-game winless streak that saw the Flyers go 0-6-2, the orange and black can complete the turnaround Tuesday night by winning their eighth straight game.

The Flyers (23-23-6, 52 points) welcome the Canucks (24-22-6, 54 points) to the Wells Fargo Center for their only matchup in Philadelphia. 

Let's take a look at tonight's 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

• With a victory tonight, the Flyers would record the 2,000th win in franchise history, becoming the first expansion to reach that milestone.

• The Flyers' previous meeting with the Canucks on Dec. 15 may have been their lowest point of the season as they dropped their fourth straight game on a five-game road trip, while Anthony Stolarz suffered a lower-body injury and missed the next five weeks. It was also the final game Dave Hakstol coached as he was relieved of his duties two days later. 

• The Canucks, who currently own the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, have won three of their last four games with points in six of seven (4-1-2) following a convincing 5-1 win over the Avalanche on Saturday, which was the first game in their current four-game road trip. 

• Vancouver has a winning record against every other division outside of the Metropolitan in which it's 3-7-0. 

• Following Saturday’s win over the Oilers, the Flyers finally clawed their way back to the .500 mark for the first time since beating the Buffalo Sabres, 6-2, on Dec. 8 with a 12-12-3 record. The last time they were a game above .500 was back on Nov. 13 with a mark of 9-8-1.

• Interim head coach Scott Gordon laid out his goaltending plans for the next two games as he’ll start Carter Hart for tonight’s game and follow that up with Stolarz on Thursday against the Kings.

Hart is 6-0-0 with a 2.63 GAA and .926 save percentage during the seven-game winning streak. He can match Carey Price’s rookie mark of seven straight wins before the age of 21 set back in his rookie season with Montreal in 2008.

• Right now, Canucks forward Elias Pettersson is considered the favorite for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, as the team's second-line center leads Vancouver with 23 goals and 46 points. Pettersson is 18 points better than the next top rookie, Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin.

• Amazingly, the Flyers' power play has found its groove over the past two games, going 6 for 7 in victories against the Bruins and the Oilers.

That hot stretch has seen the Flyers' PP go from 31st (last) in the league to 23rd overall at 16.2 percent.

• Captain Claude Giroux will move into third place on the franchise’s all-time games played list at 791, passing Brian Propp (1979-90). Giroux has appeared in all but 15 of the 803 games the Flyers have played since joining the team in December 2008. 

• Shayne Gostisbehere was a surprise return Saturday against the Oilers as Gordon wasn’t expecting the Flyers' defenseman to be in the lineup. "Ghost" responded with a power-play assist, playing on the top unit along with 21:27 of ice time.

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Nolan Patrick-Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl-Mikhail Vorobyev-Phil Varone

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

Goalies
Carter Hart
Anthony Stolarz

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Flyers' Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma

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Flyers' Oskar Lindblom diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma

Oskar Lindblom, a 23-year-old forward on the Flyers, is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, the team announced Friday afternoon.

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones.

Below is a statement from Flyers president of hockey operations and general manager Chuck Fletcher:

Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has been diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma by leading specialists at the University of Pennsylvania. He will undergo further testing and evaluation next week and begin treatment immediately thereafter. He is not expected to return to play for the remainder of the season. The Flyers will do everything possible to support Oskar and assist him in securing the best care available. Out of respect for Oskar and his family, the team will have no further comment at this time and asks that Oskar be afforded a period of privacy so that he may focus his efforts on his treatment and a return to full health.

Lindblom, a native of Sweden, had been one of the Flyers’ top players through 30 games, scoring 11 goals and 18 points.

He was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2014 draft and has blossomed into a promising player.

Always smiling, positive and humble, Lindblom is beloved by his teammates. His rise from a fifth-round pick to a difference-making player has been a product of hard work.

After scoring 17 goals last season, sixth most among NHL rookies, Lindblom went back to Gävle, Sweden, to train all summer with his old team Brynäs IF.

"It’s like five minutes from my house," Lindblom said during training camp.

“It was nice to be back home for a bit, just relaxed, had some time with friends and family, so it was great.”

It didn't take long for the Flyers' new coaching staff to fall in love with Lindblom's game as the winger raced out of the chute, scoring in the team's season opener and playing a major role ever since.

“I didn’t know much about Oskar before coming here, but what I’ve found is a real smart, two-way player, hard-working young man," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Oct. 26.

In the summer of 2017, Lindblom talked about his climb within the Flyers' system.

"I just think about it by myself, like fifth-rounder, I just felt like I can play and I can be on this level," Lindblom said.

By the age of 23, he has more than made it on the highest level.

Below is the outpouring of support for Lindblom, via social media:

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Shorthanded Flyers can't keep up with Avalanche to begin road trip

Shorthanded Flyers can't keep up with Avalanche to begin road trip

BOX SCORE

From the moment it was announced that Oskar Lindblom would miss Wednesday night's game, the Flyers' chances at Pepsi Center felt bleak.

No Lindblom, no Travis Konecny and facing the NHL's highest-scoring team in its building was not a promising script for the Flyers, who lost to the Avalanche, 3-1.

In stretches this season, the Flyers have struggled to bury goals. And that has been with Lindblom and Konecny — their two leading goal-scorers at 11 apiece — in the lineup.

The Flyers (17-9-5) did some good things but Colorado finished plays behind its world class talent up top.

The Avalanche (20-8-3) are on an eight-game point streak (7-0-1) in which they've scored 4.13 goals per game.

• Without Konecny (concussion) and Lindblom (upper body), the Flyers had difficulty putting the puck in the net. They were going to have to put up some goals against the Avalanche, who entered scoring an NHL-best 3.70 goals per game. For the second time in the last three games, the Flyers scored only one goal.

The lone tally came from Claude Giroux when the Flyers were trailing 3-0 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

• Following a first period in which they survived, especially in the back half of it thanks to Carter Hart, the Flyers actually played a solid second period. At one point during the middle stanza, the Flyers were outshooting Colorado 11-0.

But as the Flyers kept pushing to no avail, the Avalanche changed the whole complexion of the period with one play by their two best weapons. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen hooked up for a nasty marker to make it 2-0 with 3:55 left in the period, a deflating goal to allow for the Flyers (see highlights).

Considering Colorado was 14-0-1 when leading after the middle period, the Flyers were in a serious hole, even after a hard-working period.

• Hart, who entered 8-2-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage over his last 12 starts, faced the Avalanche for the first time in his career.

He made a highlight-reel save and gave the Flyers a fighting chance in tough circumstances.

The 21-year-old has been impressive during the first period all season long, allowing the Flyers to find their legs and rhythm. He converted 12 of his 24 saves in the opening stanza against Colorado.

On the Avalanche's first-period goal, Scott Laughton won a defensive zone faceoff but the Flyers failed to clear the puck, resulting in Matt Calvert's tally.

Rantanen added his second goal early in the third period and that was pretty much the game.

Colorado goalie Pavel Francouz, who came in 5-0-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .926 save percentage over his last eight games (six starts), finished with 32 stops.

• When Philippe Myers (back spasms, day to day) is ready to return, Robert Hagg should be the odd man out on defense. Shayne Gostisbehere has found some of his offensive mojo and Myers has shown way too much promise to be sitting when healthy.

A stay-at-home guy like Hagg was far too noticeable against the Avalanche. He committed a penalty and was a minus-2 in 15:21 minutes.

• David Kase was summoned to Denver this morning to make his NHL debut and become the ninth rookie to play for the Flyers this season

The 22-year-old winger had a nice scoring chance and two shots in 7:47 minutes. 

• The Flyers head to the old stomping grounds of general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr when they visit the Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Fletcher was the GM in Minnesota from 2009 to 2018 and Flahr was his AGM from 2010 to 2018.

The Flyers have not lost consecutive games in regulation since Oct. 27-29.

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