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

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

VOORHEES, N.J. — For the first time Monday night, Alain Vigneault will be behind the Flyers' bench and Kevin Hayes will rock the orange and black sweater at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers open their 2019-20 exhibition slate against the Islanders, starting a stretch of four preseason games in six days.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Morgan Frost played just one preseason game last year.

This year, he was looking forward to a real shot. That opportunity will be pushed back by at least one game. The 2017 first-round pick was slated to center Isaac Ratcliffe and Joel Farabee but will miss the game because of a tweaked groin. Frost is considered day to day and the Flyers don't believe the injury is serious.

"He was able to finish practice [Sunday]," Vigneault said after morning skate. "Just being on the safe side, giving him today off and we'll see how he is [Tuesday]."

The Flyers play seven preseason games this year. The opening ones are important for players pushing to make the roster because it's early in the evaluation process and a prime chance to make a first impression. Could this hurt Frost's chances? Somewhat, given this was a good opportunity to play between two other talented prospects.

But it's nothing to make a huge deal over. The Flyers know Frost's game, they know his strengths and he'll get his crack at the roster. Tuesday's game is a big one if Frost can suit up.

"Given the fact that it's not serious and it's just day to day, we've got seven exhibition games, so he's going to get a chance to play," Vigneault said. "He's done real well so far, I really liked how he looked at our rookie camp and how he's looked so far. It was better for us to give him today off and hopefully [Tuesday] he'll be able to step back on the ice."

Jakub Voracek, who skated with Frost in the first two days of camp, agreed.

His position is a little bit different than some guys that try to make the team out of nowhere. There's a lot of hype about him and deservedly so. I hope it's nothing serious.

If it's only for a couple days, I'm sure he's going to have time to show up and play his type of game and show them he belongs here.

• The Flyers practiced their power play at morning skate. Here were the units that you can expect to see tonight.

First unit

Hayes, Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, Oskar Lindblom and Shayne Gostisbehere.

Second unit

Farabee, Ratcliffe, Cal O'Reilly, Philippe Myers and Egor Zamula.

Gostisbehere will have a lot to work with running the point and let's see if the size of van Riemsdyk, Hayes and Voracek causes problems for the Islanders.

Ratcliffe has some intriguing net-front potential and keep an eye on Farabee, who has turned heads in camp and can make plays in a variety ways.

• Interestingly, Vigneault is letting general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr construct the lineups early in camp and for the first two preseason games.

It's good for Vigneault because he can gather a better grasp of the talent and also get a better feel for what the front office thinks of certain players.

"I've already told Chuck and Brent that they've got full latitude for the first two lineups and then after that, I'm going to get a little bit more involved with them and discuss what I'm seeing," Vigneault said. "But since I'm new, I'm going to trust their experience, I'm going to trust their feedback."

• Some league news:


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One of the things I've found throughout the years is people say that we make the decisions, but we really don't make the decisions. The players make the decisions for us by how they play, how they continue to improve. Tonight is the first test, the first opportunity for those guys to show that they can play at this level.

- Vigneault

Projected lineup

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek 
Isaac Ratcliffe-Cal O'Reilly-Joel Farabee 
Oskar Lindblom-German Rubtsov-Chris Stewart 
Kyle Criscuolo-Mikhail Vorobyev-Maksim Sushko

Defensemen

Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Egor Zamula-Philippe Myers
Samuel Morin-Andy Welinski

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Alex Lyon

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Sloppy play, surprising trends and Flyers take 2nd straight loss before running into Connor McDavid

Sloppy play, surprising trends and Flyers take 2nd straight loss before running into Connor McDavid

BOX SCORE

This time, the Flyers had the opposition take it to 'em.

Alain Vigneault's team never had the reins Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss to the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The defeat marked the first in regulation for the Flyers (2-1-1), who must shift their focus to salvaging a game on this Western Canada road trip.

The Flames (3-3-1) had their way, outshooting the Flyers, 38-22, and putting the pressure on Brian Elliott.

• The Flyers had difficulty getting the puck up ice, which gave them little chance to play Vigneault's preferred style. When you can't successfully transition the puck out of the defensive zone and through the neutral zone, there's no shot to play a possession-based game.

The issue wasn't effort. The Flyers just weren't sharp and the Flames were fast, dangerous and all over the puck.

• To make matters worse, the Flyers did not help Elliott, who was making his first start of the season. The first two goals allowed were self-inflicted products. The third was an empty-netter.

Elliott made some tough stops and finished with 35 saves. He gave the Flyers an honest chance on the road. They were problematic in front of him.

• The Flames scored what turned out to be the game-winner in the second period. Five seconds after a faceoff in the Flyers' end, Calgary made it 2-0 when Andrew Mangiapane's shot bounced off Travis Sanheim's stick and past Elliott.

• A bright spot among a not-so-bright performance from the Flyers was Matt Niskanen. He scored his first goal as a Flyer on a delayed penalty in the third period. But the 32-year-old has been even better defensively with his decisions, breaking up scoring chances and moving the puck. He has been as advertised and a major improvement on the blue line.

• Jakub Voracek opened the game on the third line with Scott Laughton and Tyler Pitlick after a third-period demotion in last Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Cannucks. Clearly Vigneault wanted to see smarter decisions — and maybe smarter effort — from Voracek, while James van Riemsdyk played on the first line following a solid performance against Vancouver.

With the Flyers trailing, 2-0, the lines were shuffled in the third period and Voracek saw time with Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux but couldn't get much cooking.

Giroux (one assist), Voracek and van Riemsdyk have combined for one point during the first four games. The early drought is uncharted territory for Voracek and van Riemsdyk, who both had previously never gone scoreless through their opening four games of a season.

The good thing is the Flyers know the offense will come from those three and the team is still 2-1-1.

• The Flyers were outmatched in the opening five minutes, when the Flames were a step ahead in every phase and set the tone.

Michael Frolik beat Elliott just 1:35 into the action on an ugly sequence by the Flyers. After Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov misconnected on a pass up ice, Justin Braun failed to clear the puck and then inadvertently tripped Elliott as Frolik blasted his shot.

The Flyers were fortunate to be trailing by only one goal at first intermission. They could have done more than just weather the storm but went 0 for 3 on the power play and finished 0 for 4 overall. They were sluggish and then sloppy.

• The Flyers finish their three-game road trip with the second half of a back-to-back set when they take on Connor McDavid and the Oilers Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP). Edmonton is 5-1-0 and McDavid has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in six games.

The Flyers are then back at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday to play the Stars (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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Flyers at Flames: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Flames: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers will once again try to match a mark set by the team in 2011-12, when the club last went to the playoffs.

The last time the Flyers opened the regular season with at least a point in four straight games was 2011-12 (3-0-1). The 2019-20 Flyers (2-0-1) have a chance to do that Tuesday night when they visit the Flames (2-3-1).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 9 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers could not have asked for a better start from Travis Konecny, who signed a new six-year, $33 million contract last month.

The 22-year-old winger has three goals and three assists in three games. His six points are the most by any Flyer through the first three games of a season since 2009-10, when defenseman Matt Carle also had six on one goal and five assists.

Going back to last season, the Flyers are 17-4-2 when Konecny scores a goal.

• Keep an eye on Chris Stewart, who is playing his first NHL regular-season game since March 29, 2018. In that game, he was playing for the Flames and scored a goal. Interestingly, he has his most career points against Calgary — 22 on 12 goals and 10 assists.

Also keep an eye on Jakub Voracek, who saw a demotion in the third period of last Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks. Let's see how he responds with his normal minutes and role.

Voracek and James van Riemsdyk are scoreless through the Flyers' first three games.

• The Flames were 26-10-5 at home last season, while putting up 50 wins and 107 points overall, most in the Western Conference.

Johnny Gaudreau is as good as they get, while Sean Monahan has killed the Flyers with 10 goals in 12 career games against the orange and black.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Carsen Twarynski
Tyler Pitlick-Michael Raffl-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Matt Niskanen
Robert Hagg-Shayne Gostisbehere

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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