FLYERS

Flyers get pair of key contributors back in time to take on Stars

FLYERS

The Flyers pulled off a huge comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night. Saturday against the Dallas Stars, they'll have a chance to build off their unexpected victory to start a new win streak.

And when the puck drops in Big D, the Flyers will have some reinforcements on hand as Kevin Hayes (abdominal surgery) and Ryan Ellis (lower body) return to action.

  • When: 8 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: American Airlines Center
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The importance of Hayes and Ellis' return can't be overstated.

The Flyers may be off to a strong start this season record-wise (7-3-2), but they have struggled to generate offense in recent outings, scoring just 11 total goals in their last seven games. While Hayes and Ellis may need to shake off some rust after missing so much action — Hayes still hasn't played a single game this season — both are more than capable of giving the Flyers' offense some much-needed reinvigoration.

Hayes posted 12 goals and 31 points in 55 games last season.

Ellis, on the other hand, logged points in each of the Flyers' first three games of the season.

To make room for Hayes and Ellis on the roster, the Flyers waived forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel on Friday, who was claimed by the Colorado Avalanche Saturday afternoon, and sent defenseman Nick Seeler to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

• Carter Hart's performance from Friday night is a tough act to follow, but Martin Jones will have the chance to keep the Flyers' recent run of strong goaltending alive in Dallas.

 

Jones, after looking shaky throughout the preseason, has been nothing short of outstanding since the regular season began last month. The 31-year-old has started three games for the Flyers thus far, and he's won all three of them while posting a stellar .950 save percentage and 1.67 goals against average.

Jones' 2020-21 season was by far his worst as an NHLer, winning just 15 of his 34 starts with the San Jose Sharks. At one point, NHL coaches and general managers even ranked him as the second-worst starting goalie in the league.

A lot can change in a year, though, and Jones seems to have regained his fervor while taking on more of a limited role with the Flyers.

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-James van Riemsdyk

Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Cam Atkinson

Derick Brassard-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom-Nate Thompson-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Ryan Ellis

Goalies

Martin Jones

Carter Hart

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