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

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

The Flyers have not started 2-0-0 in a season since 2011-12, when they last won a playoff series.

They can change that Wednesday night when they host Wayne Simmonds and the Devils (0-1-1) in the first game at the Wells Fargo Center for the 2019-20 season.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBCSN for game broadcast; NBCSP for Pregame Live and Postgame Live.
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers lost six of their seven preseason games, including a defeat to Lausanne HC of the National League. Midway through the exhibition slate, head coach Alain Vigneault said he couldn't remember any of his preseason records in 17 years of NHL head coaching.

And he was making a good point. He wasn't too worried about the Flyers, given this is Year 1 under Vigneault and a team grasping a new system can take time.

Even though it was just one game, the Flyers appeared like they had things down in the 4-3 season-opening win over the Blackhawks. After looking like they were behind the play so often early in games during 2018-19, the Flyers controlled pace and sustained possession last Friday. They weren't one and done when they entered the offensive zone and didn't find themselves having to play a ton of defense in their own zone.

"It took us a while, it took us almost the whole preseason," Jakub Voracek said. "But I think we play the system well, we play pretty good defensively. We just couldn’t find a way to score the goals in the preseason, but we did in the season opener. We’re very excited about this year and the years coming up."

• For the first time since being traded in February, Simmonds will return to the Wells Fargo Center. He is now a visiting player. Expect a loud ovation from the fans and a video tribute from the Flyers.

"It's going to be weird," Voracek said. "First time in about eight years to see him against me. I'm sure we're going to get something going."

A little trash-talking between the two?

"Possible," Voracek said with a smile. "We did on a daily basis when we were teammates, so I'm sure it's going to happen when he's on the other team."

• Travis Konecny has six goals in 13 career games vs. the Devils, his most goals against any opponent.

He's coming off a two-goal, three-point season opener, and a fast start could be vital to the Flyers' fortunes this season (see story).

• Jack Hughes, the 2019 No. 1 overall pick, is scoreless through his first two games. Will the dizzying playmaker get his first NHL point against the Flyers? Hughes could give Simmonds a memorable return as the 18-year-old is expected to center the former Flyer and Blake Coleman.

Quotable

Any time you play that first game of the season at home, there's a different feel to it. We feel like we have something to prove. The fans are going to be ready to go. Every season opener, they've been great.

- Claude Giroux

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Carsen Twarynski
Connor Bunnaman-Michael Raffl-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

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

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers brought back to earth by Coyotes, suffer a first since Oct. 19

Flyers brought back to earth by Coyotes, suffer a first since Oct. 19

BOX SCORE

Despite putting up 21 goals over their five-game winning streak, the Flyers had a propensity to score them in bunches when an opponent started derailing.

On Thursday night, the Flyers never got going and were pulled back to earth in a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes at the Wells Fargo Center.

Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper was the biggest difference. The 6-foot-5 netminder who brought an NHL-best 1.97 goals-against average and .936 save percentage to Philly stopped 28 shots.

With 4:43 left, Matt Niskanen scored the Flyers' lone goal and it ricocheted off a Coyote. Arizona iced the game with an empty-netter.

The Flyers (16-8-5) suffered just their second regulation loss at home (9-2-4). The last time they failed to pick up a point at home was Oct. 19 when they lost to the Stars, 4-1.

Thursday night's defeat halted the Flyers' winning streak at five games and their point streak at seven. The Flyers had earned at least a point in 18 of their previous 22 games.

The Coyotes (17-9-4), who were allowing the NHL's second-fewest goals per game at 2.31, improved to 10-3-3 on the road.

• The Flyers went on two power plays in the final six minutes of the second period but could not solve Kuemper.

During those two man advantage opportunities, the Flyers put five shots on Kuemper and also misfired three times.

James van Riemsdyk found Morgan Frost with a slick backhanded pass from behind the net but the 20-year-old missed wide.

• Speaking of Frost, he had a tough game. The rookie had a turnover and some difficulty making plays.

He has gone scoreless over his last seven games following his loud start in which he scored three points in his first two games.

Maybe head coach Alain Vigneault takes him off the first line to relieve some pressure.

• Vigneault opted to play seven defensemen instead of slotting call-up Mikhail Vorobyev in at fourth-line center.

It's not a bad approach when you have seven healthy blueliners playing well. It also could mean the Flyers aren't ready to trust Vorobyev on the fourth line again.

The Senators game on Saturday looks like a better matchup for Vorobyev, who is in his fifth stint with the club since the start of last season.

• Brian Elliott hadn't lost in regulation since Oct. 29. The Flyers' backup goalie finished with 15 saves.

He allowed a first-period power play goal to Phil Kessel after Claude Giroux was whistled for a ticky-tacky slashing penalty. He then yielded a backbreaking third-period goal to Conor Garland with 7:03 left in the game.

The goalie was not the problem, though.

Sean Couturier was not a problem, either.

• The Flyers wrap up their three-game homestand Saturday when they welcome the Senators (1 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Next week, the team opens a three-game road trip, which features matchups with the Avalanche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN), the Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Jets on Sunday (5 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

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'Tis the season for ... Jawnaments? Jawnaments!

'Tis the season for ... Jawnaments? Jawnaments!

If you live in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, it's safe to say there's at least one ornament on your tree representing the city — whether it be a memento from a previous championship Philly has seen, famous landmarks or even the skyline, you're repping one way or another.

Throw everything you thought you knew about Philly ornaments out the window and make way for Jawnaments ... yes, you read that correctly.

Jawnaments. I swear, there is no place like Philadelphia.

Jawnaments is an Etsy shop that has been around since 2017 but they recently released a ton of non-traditional Philadelphia-inspired ornaments. And they're a thing of beauty.

Can you only function throughout the week because of the daily coffee you grab at Wawa and want to highlight that on your tree this year? They've got you covered.

Haven't received a parking ticket in the city in a while and just miss the stress and anxiety they bring with them? Yup, they've got that covered too.

The Tastykake Krimpet and Kandy Kake ornaments look good enough to eat ... even a classic soft pretzel with yellow mustard is an option.

And since Gritty is just about everywhere in the world ... it he. On an ornament. Oh sorry, *Jawnament.

Trust me, there are a ton of other options but you're just going to have to check out the full shop to see the beauty of it all.

You might even have to get a mini tree that's dedicated to the city you know and love. Heck, keep it up all year!

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