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Point streak ends as Flyers lose to Senators — and things don't get easier

Point streak ends as Flyers lose to Senators — and things don't get easier

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Well, the Flyers should be ticked off for the Islanders game on Saturday night.

Alain Vigneault's team is having some trouble scoring and it resulted in a 2-1 letdown to the Senators on Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Flyers (10-6-3) have scored two goals over their past two games and six in their last four (1.50 per game). The regulation loss ended their seven-game point streak and the Flyers dropped to 1-6-2 when trailing after the second period.

The Senators (8-10-1), who have won four of their last five games, forced the Flyers to play their preferred style.

• Looking for an equalizer during the third period, Vigneault threw his lines in a blender but to no avail.

With 4:17 left in regulation, the Flyers still couldn't score when they went on a four-minute power play because of a double-minor penalty whistled on Ottawa.

It will be interesting to see how Vigneault constructs his lines for Saturday. And next up is the NHL's stingiest team defensively.

• The Flyers were even fortunate the Senators misfired on numerous point-blank shots. Ottawa eventually found the mark and outplayed the Flyers in a decisive second period to take a 2-1 advantage into the final stanza.

The Senators came in 4 for 62 (6.5 percent) on the power play but scored on the man advantage against the Flyers, who were not very sharp or disciplined.

• Jakub Voracek didn't open the second period on the first line as Michael Raffl took a shift with Claude Giroux and Joel Farabee.

Voracek didn't have an even-strength shift during the middle stanza until there was 6:48 left in the frame.

It was odd, especially after Voracek was bumped up to the first line prior to the game. He finished with 15:53 minutes, no shots and played 10:06 at even strength, just ahead of Raffl (9:57).

Kevin Hayes, stuck in a scoring slump, has gone nine straight games without a point and didn't have a shot, as well.

• Farabee was solid after enduring his first NHL setback Wednesday against the Capitals.

The 19-year-old had five shots in 17:46 minutes, played hard and was opportunistic offensively.

• Carter Hart suffered his first regulation loss in November. He entered 4-0-1 with a 1.72 goals-against average and .939 save percentage this month.

The 21-year-old wasn't great but wasn't bad, either. He made 17 saves on 19 shots. The second period was costly.

Senators goalie Anders Nilsson stopped 26 shots and improved to 4-0-1 lifetime against the Flyers.

• Defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere, Matt Niskanen and Ivan Provorov all played 22-plus minutes but failed to generate much offense.

• After a merry-go-round process early on, the Flyers have found some consistency with their fourth line.

Raffl, Andy Andreoff and Tyler Pitlick have played well and got the Flyers on the board in the first period. Pitlick scored his first goal with the Flyers, who probably wanted to ride the fourth unit more given the back-to-back circumstances.

Because of the third-period deficit, the Flyers were unable to and instead shortened their bench. Not ideal for the first game of a back-to-back set with travel.

• The Flyers are right back at it Saturday night when they host the Islanders for a big game at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

New York is on a 13-game point streak (12-0-1) and allowing the NHL's fewest goals per game at 2.29. Brian Elliott, who went 2-0-0 with 54 saves on 57 shots against the Islanders last season, is expected to start for the Flyers.

 

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Shorthanded Flyers can't keep up with Avalanche to begin road trip

Shorthanded Flyers can't keep up with Avalanche to begin road trip

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From the moment it was announced that Oskar Lindblom would miss Wednesday night's game, the Flyers' chances at Pepsi Center felt bleak.

No Lindblom, no Travis Konecny and facing the NHL's highest-scoring team in its building was not a promising script for the Flyers, who lost to the Avalanche, 3-1.

In stretches this season, the Flyers have struggled to bury goals. And that has been with Lindblom and Konecny — their two leading goal-scorers at 11 apiece — in the lineup.

The Flyers (17-9-5) did some good things but Colorado finished plays behind its world class talent up top.

The Avalanche (20-8-3) are on an eight-game point streak (7-0-1) in which they've scored 4.13 goals per game.

• Without Konecny (concussion) and Lindblom (upper body), the Flyers had difficulty putting the puck in the net. They were going to have to put up some goals against the Avalanche, who entered scoring an NHL-best 3.70 goals per game. For the second time in the last three games, the Flyers scored only one goal.

The lone tally came from Claude Giroux when the Flyers were trailing 3-0 with just over five minutes remaining in regulation.

• Following a first period in which they survived, especially in the back half of it thanks to Carter Hart, the Flyers actually played a solid second period. At one point during the middle stanza, the Flyers were outshooting Colorado 11-0.

But as the Flyers kept pushing to no avail, the Avalanche changed the whole complexion of the period with one play by their two best weapons. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen hooked up for a nasty marker to make it 2-0 with 3:55 left in the period, a deflating goal to allow for the Flyers (see highlights).

Considering Colorado was 14-0-1 when leading after the middle period, the Flyers were in a serious hole, even after a hard-working period.

• Hart, who entered 8-2-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage over his last 12 starts, faced the Avalanche for the first time in his career.

He made a highlight-reel save and gave the Flyers a fighting chance in tough circumstances.

The 21-year-old has been impressive during the first period all season long, allowing the Flyers to find their legs and rhythm. He converted 12 of his 24 saves in the opening stanza against Colorado.

On the Avalanche's first-period goal, Scott Laughton won a defensive zone faceoff but the Flyers failed to clear the puck, resulting in Matt Calvert's tally.

Rantanen added his second goal early in the third period and that was pretty much the game.

Colorado goalie Pavel Francouz, who came in 5-0-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .926 save percentage over his last eight games (six starts), finished with 32 stops.

• When Philippe Myers (back spasms, day to day) is ready to return, Robert Hagg should be the odd man out on defense. Shayne Gostisbehere has found some of his offensive mojo and Myers has shown way too much promise to be sitting when healthy.

A stay-at-home guy like Hagg was far too noticeable against the Avalanche. He committed a penalty and was a minus-2 in 15:21 minutes.

• David Kase was summoned to Denver this morning to make his NHL debut and become the ninth rookie to play for the Flyers this season

The 22-year-old winger had a nice scoring chance and two shots in 7:47 minutes. 

• The Flyers head to the old stomping grounds of general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr when they visit the Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Fletcher was the GM in Minnesota from 2009 to 2018 and Flahr was his AGM from 2010 to 2018.

The Flyers have not lost consecutive games in regulation since Oct. 27-29.

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

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

As one of the NHL's best teams since Nov. 1 (12-3-4, 28 points), the Flyers now face a new challenge.

Alain Vigneault's undermanned group begins a three-game road trip Wednesday as the Flyers (17-8-5) visit the Avalanche (19-8-3).

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Pepsi Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Network
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com

• The Flyers are without Travis Konecny (concussion, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (upper body, out tonight), Philippe Myers (back spasms, day to day), Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger, out approximately four weeks) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder, out indefinitely).

"Injuries are a part of a season. You have to expect it," Vigneault said Monday. "Then you need somebody else to step up."

More than ever this season, the Flyers will be looking to Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk to produce among the forwards.

The Flyers are 10-2-1 when Hayes records a point and 9-1-0 when van Riemsdyk records a point.

• Not only are the Flyers severely shorthanded Wednesday night, but they're also facing the NHL's highest-scoring club. The Avalanche lead the league with 3.70 goals per game. Their top line of Nathan MacKinnon (47 points in 30 games), Mikko Rantanen (18 points in 14 games) and Gabriel Landeskog (nine points in 14 games) is scary.

"We know going into Colorado, we're going to have to be careful versus their top unit," Vigneault said Tuesday. "[Monday] night, they seemed to load up. That's one of the best lines in hockey."

• Carter Hart will face the Avalanche for the first time in his career.

The 21-year-old goalie is 8-2-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .928 save percentage over his last 12 starts.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Morgan Frost-Tyler Pitlick
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
David Kase-Mikhail Vorobyev-Chris Stewart

Defensemen

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

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

 

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