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Skidding Flyers have more moving parts at forward

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Updated: 2 p.m. ET

The schedule doesn't get cheaper for Alain Vigneault's club on Black Friday.

Trying to end a season-worst four-game losing streak, the Flyers (8-6-4) host the Hurricanes (14-3-1).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 3:30 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 3 p.m. ET
  • Where: Wells Fargo Center
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Connor Bunnaman was called up from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley this morning while Max Willman was loaned back to the Phantoms.

Bunnaman will make his season debut. Derick Brassard missed the Flyers' 2-1 OT loss Wednesday to the Panthers because of a lower-body injury he suffered in the first period of Tuesday's game.

"He's got a lower-body strain," Vigneault said to reporters Friday in his pregame media availability. "We're hoping that it's going to be within a week-to-10-day situation here; no longer than that, that's what we're keeping our fingers crossed for."

With injuries to Brassard, Kevin Hayes (abdominal) and Patrick Brown (thumb), the Flyers don't have an extra forward. The club called up Morgan Frost on Wednesday.

Bunnaman, 23, is a center who can play some winger. He has good size and the Flyers have trusted him in their bottom six. Bunnaman played 39 games over the past two seasons and four games in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

• The Flyers are 0-2-2 in their last four games. They've lost twice to the two-time defending champion Lightning, while the other two defeats came to the 14-2-3 Panthers and 10-6-0 Bruins.

The Flyers have never lost five straight games in the Vigneault era.

 

They'll try to avoid that against Carolina, which just lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Hurricanes are yielding the NHL's second-fewest goals per game at 2.00.

The Flyers are starving for offense. Since Oct. 30, they've scored 1.58 goals per game, the fewest in the NHL over that span. They've gone 4-5-3 during that stretch.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny

Joel Farabee-Morgan Frost-Cam Atkinson

Oskar Lindblom-Scott Laughton-James van Riemsdyk

Connor Bunnaman-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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