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Michal Neuvirth released from hospital after collapsing Saturday

Michal Neuvirth released from hospital after collapsing Saturday

NEW YORK -- Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth was released from Pennsylvania Hospital Sunday afternoon and is at home resting after collapsing Saturday night.

All tests on Neuvirth came back "normal," according to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, and it is believed Neuvirth was suffering after-effects from a severe upper respiratory infection he's been fighting for more than a week.

Neuvirth suddenly collapsed in his crease at the 13:24 mark of Saturday's opening period vs. New Jersey. He laid prone on the ice for several minutes as he was attended to by medical personnel from both the Flyers and Devils. Neuvirth eventually sat up and was stretchered off the ice.

Hextall said the Flyers' medical team will reevaluate Neuvirth on Monday, which is an off day for the Flyers before they visit New Jersey on Tuesday.

Neuvirth was replaced in net Saturday by Anthony Stolarz, who finished off the Flyers' 3-0 win. Ironically, Neuvirth gets credit for the shutout because the Flyers were leading 1-0 on a Brayden Schenn power-play goal at the time Neuvirth's episode began.

Backup Steve Mason was also ill and did not dress. Mason felt well enough to join the team in New York on Sunday, but he likely won't play against the Rangers (see injury update).

All signs point to Stolarz starting Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Where does James van Riemsdyk fit on red-hot Flyers?

Where does James van Riemsdyk fit on red-hot Flyers?

VOORHEES, N.J. — Sitting with the fourth-liners in their white practice sweaters, James van Riemsdyk looked like a neon golf ball in a bucket of Titleists.

JVR was the only Flyer wearing a yellow sweater on Monday as the odd man out still working his way into game shape. Before too long, van Riemsdyk will be reintegrated onto one of the Flyers’ four lines.

Right now, the only logical spot for JVR once he’s cleared to return is on the Flyers' third line, which speaks to how well this team is performing at even strength. Van Riemsdyk would in all likelihood bump Dale Weise, who’s been playing some of his best hockey since joining the Flyers in 2016.  

Without van Riemsdyk, the Flyers have already posted 56 goals (3.35 per game) through their first 17 games this season, which is currently tied for ninth best in the NHL. Last season, they had scored 50 goals at the 17-game mark. Even more impressively, the Flyers have put up that much offense with a rather ineffective power play that ranks 28th in the league.

At the moment, the second line appears to be an untouchable group with Oskar Lindblom, Nolan Patrick and Jakub Voracek producing quality scoring opportunities almost nightly. That trio has manufactured six goals and 12 assists since the game in Anaheim that kick-started the Flyers’ 5-0-1 stretch.

“You could tell in practice today the pace was really high and we were enjoying it," Voracek said. "It’s a little bit different than the beginning of the year.

“It all depends on how the players are playing. Sometimes you can have the depth and not everybody can perform the way you want them to be. Right now, the way we’re going I think we’re playing good hockey. The special teams’ numbers aren’t where we want them to be, but we’re winning games, so we’re playing good 5-on-5.”

It’s essentially the same roster during the second half of last season with the younger players, most notably Lindblom and Patrick, a little more experienced now. A better indication of their scoring balance is that, according to Corsica Hockey, the Flyers have tallied 40 even-strength goals, tied for fourth in the league, and they’re starting to dominate at even strength.

Claude Giroux hasn’t budged from the remarkable numbers he put up in 2017-18. In fact, Giroux is currently outpacing his point total from a season ago. The captain is currently on pace for a 106-point season after claiming the NHL’s third star of the week honors. Sean Couturier has also shifted into another gear following a slow start that may have contributed from his delicate workload in training camp.

“I’d say since that Western trip, that’s where it all started,” Couturier said. “As a line I think we moved better, we supported each other and since then that’s when I’ve started to feel pretty good.”  

Two weeks ago, the Flyers were desperate to get van Riemsdyk back on the ice. Now as one of the hottest teams in hockey, it’s a matter of working van Riemsdyk back into a role that works for the entire team without disrupting the cohesion that’s currently working.

“The key for any player is you want to carve out a good role where you’re comfortable and a situation to help the team have success,” van Riemsdyk said. “Especially being a new guy, that’s obviously a process and there’s different combinations that will get tried.”

Right now, it’s definitely a good process to have.

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Future Flyers Report: Wade Allison finally makes season debut for WMU

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Future Flyers Report: Wade Allison finally makes season debut for WMU

Before this week begins, let's check-in on the Flyers' prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

• Wade Allison's sophomore season was cut short because of a torn ACL. It was a shame too, because the right winger was making a ton of noise at Western Michigan.

Allison returned to WMU for his junior season despite rumblings that the Flyers thought he was ready for the pros and wanted to sign him to an entry-level contract.

The 21-year-old's junior campaign didn't get off the ground until Friday night against the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Allison did what he's become accustomed to doing for the Broncos. Score a goal.

WMU rested him Saturday but having Allison back is a huge boost for the Broncos. It's also good news for the Flyers' prospect. His name was thrown around in the Hobey Baker conversation last season.

• Until Wyatt Kalynuk gives us a reason not to include him in this report, we're going to feature him heavily. Kalynuk had yet another productive week for the No. 20 Badgers.

Kalynuk potted his fifth goal of the season Friday night in Wisconsin's 3-2 loss to No. 16 Minnesota and then picked up his sixth assist Saturday in the Badgers' 3-1 win over the Golden Gophers.

A seventh-round pick in 2017, Kalynuk has developed nicely under the tutelage of Tony Granato and Mark Osiecki (see story). He put himself on the map in his freshman campaign and now, he's taking off running.

The defenseman leads the Badgers with 11 points and is among the top NCAA defensemen in scoring as well.

• Perhaps a forgotten prospect of this report is David Kase, a 2015 fifth-round draft pick. But Kase is flashing some high-end skill and making noise in his first season in North America.

Kase had a pair of two-point games last week, with a two-assist game Friday and a goal and an assist Saturday. He now has four goals and nine points in 10 games.

The winger has good speed and a solid skill set but is undersized. That doesn't matter much anymore, though. Kase is having a heck of a start to his Phantoms career.

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• Another stat-stuffing week for Morgan Frost, who had three points in two games, including his 12th multi-point game of the season. Frost is third in the OHL with 36 points.

Joel Farabee had a two-assist night for Boston University on Saturday night. He's up to five points in seven games in his freshman season.

• Isaac Ratcliffe had two assists Friday and a goal Saturday to increase his season point total to 24 in 19 games.

 Tanner Laczynski had a two-goal game for Ohio State on Friday night and is averaging a point per game in his junior season with the Buckeyes.

German Rubtsov missed Saturday's game but had a goal and an assist Friday night to extend his point streak to three games. Rubtsov has really adjusted well to the AHL and elevated himself back into the category of an exciting prospect.

Rubtsov has six goals and 10 points in 12 games this season.

Carter Hart stopped 16 of 18 shots in his lone start last week. In his last four games, Hart has a .903 save percentage, which isn't great but an improvement.

• Wyatte Wylie (Everett, WHL) saw his point streak reach three games with an assist Friday and a goal and an assist Saturday. Wylie has eight points in his last six games and 18 points in 19 games this season.

 Yale defenseman Jack St. Ivany potted his first collegiate goal and had his first multi-point game Friday against Harvard. St. Ivany has three points in five games this season.

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