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On top of a new GM, just about anything can happen for Flyers in net

On top of a new GM, just about anything can happen for Flyers in net

The Flyers' goalie situation will be an area to clean up — or at least amend — for the new general manager.

It's been a mess this season.

Already, the Flyers have played five goalies, a group that has combined for a league-worst .879 save percentage. As a team, the Flyers are allowing the NHL's second-most goals per game at 3.58.

One of those five goaltenders, Calvin Pickard, was placed on waivers Wednesday and claimed Thursday by the Coyotes.

So where do the Flyers stand now in net? Let's take a look:

Brian Elliott

Head coach Dave Hakstol on Tuesday said the 33-year-old is week to week with his lower-body injury. Elliott was on the ice Wednesday and the Flyers desperately need him — not only now, but to stay healthy.

That'll be a big concern when he returns. The injury appears to be a groin issue and Elliott also underwent core muscle surgery last season in February.

Prior to the Nov. 15 game in which he suffered this injury, Elliott had been playing well over his previous eight outings, going 5-3-0 with a 1.73 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

Michal Neuvirth

The oft-injured goalie is considered day to day but appears ready to return from a lower-body injury, especially given Pickard is gone and Anthony Stolarz is the only healthy goalie currently on the roster.

Similar to Elliott, the question is how much will the Flyers get out of Neuvirth?

After coming back from an injury he sustained in the preseason, Neuvirth played one game Oct. 27 before going right back on the shelf.

He could be the guy Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Anthony Stolarz

The 24-year-old is here but probably for not much longer. In Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Senators, Stolarz made his first NHL start since April 9, 2017.

When Elliott returns — or another goalie arrives — Stolarz will head back to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Alex Lyon

The 25-year-old did not look sharp in his one game, a 5-2 loss to the Sabres last week. He allowed four goals on 12 shots before being pulled after the first period.

He's back with the Phantoms.

Carter Hart

Yes, we're mentioning Hart. Given his name came up in Tuesday's press conference with Flyers president Paul Holmgren and Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott, that's enough to list him here.

Deemed by many as the goalie of the future, the 20-year-old Hart has shown he clearly still needs time to develop at Lehigh Valley. In his first year with the Phantoms, Hart is 5-4-2 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .884 save percentage.

But who knows, it seems like everyone is getting a crack with the Flyers this season. We'll have to wait and see how the new GM wants to approach Hart's situation — and the Flyers' situation overall in net (see story).

Outside options

Scott Darling was placed on waivers Thursday by the Hurricanes. He's 29 years old, 6-foot-5 and went 2-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in seven games with Carolina this season.

Also, you can bet the Flyers will be actively looking leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Time will tell where the team is with its goalies and in the standings come closer to that date.

A lot can change across the league, but here's a look at the netminders set to become unrestricted free agents in 2019-20 that the Flyers could swing for at the deadline or in the offseason.

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Why Flyers fans should be hopeful about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Why Flyers fans should be hopeful about post-NHL All-Star break playoff chances

Today, we break down why Flyers fans should be hopeful for the post-All-Star break stretch. On Sunday, we’ll look at the reasons for concern.

Through 50 games, the Flyers have done two important things. They’ve played well within the division and have dominated at home. 

Those two trends bode well for after the All-Star break because divisional games become much bigger and confidence at home is paramount as the pressure builds.

The Flyers are 17-4-4 at home and 9-2-3 against Metropolitan foes. The marks are notable given the Flyers fell sorely short in those areas last season, when they finished 19-18-4 at home and 10-16-2 in divisional play.

Another positive is the Flyers are getting healthier after the break. Shayne Gostisbehere (knee) could be back Friday in the Flyers’ first game out of the bye week, while Carter Hart (abdominal strain) is expected to return not long after.

But what might be the Flyers’ most convincing piece of evidence for optimism is how they’ve performed against the NHL’s best teams. The Flyers have shown they can play with any club, which is huge for their own belief moving forward.

The Flyers are 11th in the NHL standings at 27-17-6. They've gone 9-5-3 against the top-10 teams and 5-1-1 vs. the top four.

Head coach Alain Vigneault has a history of taking teams to the playoffs, and doing so in Year 1 on the job. At his previous three stops (Canadiens, Canucks, Rangers), each of his first seasons produced playoff bids and at least one series victory.

Vigneault’s track record will be tested over the Flyers’ final 32 games.

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

2020 NHL All-Star Skills: Travis Konecny finishes 7th in fastest skater; Mathew Barzal beats Connor McDavid

Travis Konecny went toe to toe with familiar faces in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Friday night.

Among the eight-player field for the fastest skater event, four players were from the 2015 draft class.

Konecny went 24th overall to the Flyers and Mathew Barzal No. 16 to the Islanders, while Connor McDavid was selected No. 1 by the Oilers followed by Jack Eichel at No. 2 to the Sabres.

The first-time All-Star Konecny couldn't take down McDavid, but the competition's three-time reigning champ was dethroned by Barzal at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Konecny had fun in the event and scored during the goalie competition.

Right at the start line, I could see my parents, brother and girlfriend, so that was pretty cool — they were right there," Konecny said Friday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "I was just having fun with them, they're enjoying it just as much as I was. We had a little moment after I finished my lap and I think I was near the bottom, they're laughing and I was laughing. It was over with and I could enjoy the rest of the night.

Barzal took the crown with a time of 13.175 seconds, just ahead of McDavid.

1. Mathew Barzal, Islanders — 13.175
2. Connor McDavid, Oilers — 13.215
3. Chris Kreider, Rangers — 13.509 
4. Jack Eichel, Sabres — 13.540
5. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche — 13.895
6. Anthony Duclair, Senators — 14.005
7. Travis Konecny, Flyers — 14.113
8. Quinn Hughes, Canucks — 14.263

Konecny will compete for the Metropolitan Division in the All-Star Game Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, which you can live stream right here.

Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's All-Star weekend:

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