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Help on the way for Flyers as more challenges come their way

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A day after Chuck Fletcher expressed belief in his coaching staff and roster, the Flyers have a chance to back their GM's words when they take the ice in New York.

The Flyers (8-8-4) will try to halt a six-game losing streak Wednesday when they face the Rangers (13-4-3).

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers will get a big reinforcement with the return of Kevin Hayes.

The 6-foot-5 center missed 18 of the Flyers' first 20 games because of an abdominal injury. The Flyers need his presence. They're banged up down the middle of the ice and in a serious offensive drought. Since Oct. 30, the Flyers have scored 1.71 goals per game, the second fewest in the NHL over that span.

"These guys, they're going through a tough time," Fletcher said Tuesday. "They're trying, they want to score, they want to do better, they want to have the puck more, but clearly right now the confidence is down a bit. That's why it was great to see the energy in the practice today; I'm sure Kevin Hayes being out there was a big part of it. It's good to see that energy and that belief.

"There's no easy way out — we've just got to go out and find a way to win a game, and hopefully the confidence comes, the goals come and we can start getting back to where we want to be."

 

• While the Flyers have three days between Wednesday's game and their next matchup, the strength of their opponents does not lighten up.

The Flyers are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. They now face the Rangers, Lightning and Avalanche. New York and Colorado are 7-2-1 in its last 10 games, while two-time defending champion Tampa Bay is 6-2-2 and has handed the Flyers two of their six straight defeats.

The Flyers host the Lightning on Sunday (6 p.m. ET/NBCSP) to start a stretch of five games in seven days.

• With Hayes back, the Flyers loaned Max Willman to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

In other roster matters, Wade Allison was activated off of season-opening injured reserve. He's with the Phantoms and Fletcher said he could possibly play games for Lehigh Valley this weekend.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Joel Farabee-Sean Couturier-James van Riemsdyk

Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Travis Konecny

Claude Giroux-Morgan Frost-Cam Atkinson

Oskar Lindblom-Connor Bunnaman-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Nick Seeler

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Justin Braun

Goalies

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

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