VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers will wrap up the 2018-19 season Saturday night.
There will be no playoff hockey in Philadelphia after the Flyers (37-36-8) host the Hurricanes (45-29-7).
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
• For interim head coach Scott Gordon, Saturday night's game marks his final on-the-job interview.
General manager Chuck Fletcher made it clear Gordon was a candidate for the 2019-20 head coaching position when the club summoned him from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley to take over for Dave Hakstol.
Gordon drove the Flyers into the playoff race but his team has gone 3-9-0 over the last 12 games after it went 18-4-2 in the previous 24. Overall, the Flyers are 25-21-4 under Gordon, who wasn't ready to reflect on the season following Saturday's optional morning skate.
I really don't want to get into that now, I'm just worried about today's game. I'm sure I'll think about it quite a bit once the season's over, but I wouldn't really do it justice if I started talking about it today.
• It was not a big deal when Philippe Myers was loaned to the Phantoms on Friday in conjunction with Mark Friedman's call-up (see story). The 22-year-old Myers got 21 games of NHL experience during a postseason race and can now play five more games with Lehigh Valley before shifting his focus to a full-time role next season.
I think he probably has eliminated some of the doubt that can go into the uncertainty of whether a player is going to be ready, both for himself and for the team.
For him to come up and play under the circumstances that he played in, where we're pushing pretty hard to get into the playoffs and the stakes are high, he acclimated himself quickly and showed that he's capable of playing here.
If we were in a situation where we were playing for the playoffs, he'd still be here.
• If the Flyers (82 points) fail to win Saturday's finale, they will finish with their fewest points in a full season since 2006-07, when they went 22-48-12 for 56 points.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. A victory over the Flyers would at least ensure they don't face the NHL-best Lightning in the first round. A lot can happen.
• Nolan Patrick's season is over as the 20-year-old center will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. The Flyers will once again roll with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Claude Giroux
James van Riemsdyk-Corban Knight-Jakub Voracek
Ryan Hartman-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Phil Varone
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Shayne Gostisbehere-Samuel Morin
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