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

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

VOORHEES, N.J. — Carter Hart is back … sort of.

As the Flyers (33-27-8) host the Senators (23-40-6) Monday night, Hart will dress for the first time since Feb. 21 but back up Brian Elliott.

For more on that decision, let's get into 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

• On paper, Monday looked like an ideal time to give Hart his first action since returning from an ankle injury. The Flyers are at home against the NHL's worst team, making for an opportunistic game to get the 20-year-old back in the swing of things.

However, with the Flyers five points out of a playoff spot with 14 games to go, interim head coach Scott Gordon is looking at every team as the same.

The 33-year-old Elliott has had only one clunker while playing in place of the injured Hart, which went into Gordon's decision.

He's gone 4-1-1 in his last six games and right now, he's playing well, so I can't just take him out of the lineup because it's a perceived lesser opponent, because I don't feel that way. 

Like I said to the players, on a nightly basis, we're playing Columbus and Montreal, every single night. So we've got to treat it like that. Right now, Brian has played well and he deserves to be in. He played well on Saturday and there's no reason not to play him.

Gordon said Hart will play one of the two games in the Flyers' upcoming back-to-back against the Capitals at home Thursday and vs. the Maple Leafs on the road Friday. Either of those games pose a much stiffer challenge than Monday's contest.

"I'm not looking at it as a lesser opponent and that's what I told our guys," Gordon said.

• For your nightly scoreboard watching: the Blue Jackets visit the Islanders Monday and the Hurricanes visit the Avalanche, while the Canadiens don't play until Tuesday when they host the Red Wings.

Carolina currently holds the Eastern Conference's first wild-card position with 81 points and Columbus contains the second at 79 points, ahead of Montreal (79 points) and the Flyers (74 points).

The Blue Jackets' next five games are at the Islanders, vs. the Bruins, vs. the Hurricanes, at the Bruins and at the Flames — all top-11 clubs.

Entering Monday, Hockey-Reference.com had the Flyers with a 9.0 percent chance to make the postseason, while SportsClubStats.com gave them a 5.4 percent chance.

• Ottawa was a big-time seller at the Feb. 25 trade deadline and has lost 10 of its last 11 games (1-9-1), a stretch in which it has been outscored 46-24.

The Senators have the NHL's fewest points (52), second-worst goal differential (minus-55) and are 9-24-2 on the road.

• Without Jakub Voracek (two-game suspension), the Flyers will roll with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Ryan Hartman
Phil Varone-Corban Knight

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Andrew MacDonald

Goalies
Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Western Conference-best Flames face elimination vs. Avalanche

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Western Conference-best Flames face elimination vs. Avalanche

The Flames went 50-25-7 with 107 points during the regular season, second best in the NHL to only the Lightning.

On Friday night, the Flames face elimination in the first round of the NHL playoffs when they face the Avalanche in Game 5.

Below is the full schedule for Day 10 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins (tied at 2-2)
Game 5, Eastern Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames (COL 3-1)
Game 5, Western Conference first round
10 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Flyers cover Kate Smith statue, remove her 'God Bless America' after racist songs come to light

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Flyers cover Kate Smith statue, remove her 'God Bless America' after racist songs come to light

The Flyers have removed Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" from their music library and covered up the statue of the opera singer near the Wells Fargo Center in light of several songs by Smith containing racist lyrics being unearthed.

Here is a statement released by the team Friday morning:

We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith's recording of 'God Bless America' from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.

Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" was first played at select Flyers home games in the late 1960s. She first sung the song live in Philadelphia in 1973. Smith died at 79 years old in 1986 and her statue originally stood outside of the Spectrum. Now, it stands outside of XFINITY Live!


(NBC Sports Philadelphia)

The Flyers' decision comes in the wake of a New York Daily News report, which stated the Yankees were no longer going to play Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch because of Smith's history of potential racism.

Below is a section of the report:

Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, 'Pickaninny Heaven' which she directed at 'colored children' who should fantasize about an amazing place with 'great big watermelons,' among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, 'That’s Why Darkies Were Born,' which included the lyrics, 'Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.'

In recent years past, before very select home games, whether it be a big playoff contest or a special occasion, Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" would play in cohesion with team anthemist Lauren Hart singing live, making for a duet.

That will no longer be the case moving forward.

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