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Flyers know they can't overlook Gostisbehere-led Coyotes

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The Flyers welcome back an old friend Tuesday night.

Shayne Gostisbehere makes his first return to Philadelphia as the Flyers (4-2-1) host his new club the Coyotes (0-8-1).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Gostisbehere has never played against the Flyers in his NHL career. The 2012 third-round draft pick came up with the organization and played six full seasons in Philadelphia. He was traded to Arizona during July (along with a pair of 2022 draft picks) and the Flyers gained cap relief in return.

The push-the-pace, offensive-minded defenseman experienced immediate success when he reached the Flyers. He was a Calder Trophy runner-up in 2015-16 and scored 65 points in 2017-18. A blueliner built on mobility, Gostisbehere was hampered by knee injuries during the later years of his Flyers career. As a result, he became expendable with the Flyers' objective of revamping their back end over the summer.

"I really like Shayne," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "He always gave you the best of himself. He had some real good moments with our team, he was real solid on the power play and real good on puck retrievals. But at some point, organizations have to make decisions. It's part of the business. To free up a little bit of cap space, we had to make an adjustment, a move there in his case.

"But he was good to the Flyers, I hope that he remembers his time here as a good time and a positive time. Now he has moved on and he's trying to make the best of it with Arizona."

 

Among defensemen in Flyers history, Gostisbehere ranks fourth in goals with 60 and fifth in points with 219.

"I have a lot of good memories with Shayne here," Claude Giroux said Monday. "We just hope he has a good season. It's going to be weird to see him in another jersey."

• Gostisbehere leads the Coyotes in scoring with five points, all of which are assists.

Arizona has struggled mightily. It's the lone remaining NHL team without a victory and sports a league-worst minus-26 goal differential. The Coyotes are amid a difficult six-game road trip (0-4-0) with matchups against the Panthers, Lightning, Capitals, Hurricanes, Flyers and Ducks. Their last outing was a 2-1 decision to unbeaten Carolina.

"We've got one job to do tonight and it's to get the win, get two points," Sean Couturier said Tuesday after morning skate. "We'll have to be ready from the start. Their record doesn't show the kind of team they are, they compete hard and they've been in some really tight matches against some really good teams. We've got to be ready from the start."

After hosting Arizona, the Flyers hit the road for their first two Metropolitan Division matchups as they visit the Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

"We haven't talked about those two games," Giroux said. "We're just worried about the next game coming up here."

• The Flyers are coming off their most lopsided loss. They finished a 2-1-0 Western Canada road trip with a 4-0 defeat to the Flames, so they'll want to get back on track before the division showdowns.

"The last game we played wasn't a reflection of how we played in that road trip," Keith Yandle said Monday. "I think it was hopefully our worst game of the year and kind of get that out of the way."

Against the Coyotes, the Flyers will miss top-pair defenseman Ryan Ellis (lower-body injury) for a fifth straight game. His status for the upcoming road trip appears hazy.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee-Derick Brassard-Cam Atkinson

Oskar Lindblom-Scott Laughton-James van Riemsdyk

Nicolas Aube-Kubel-Nate Thompson-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Nick Seeler

Goalies

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

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