James van Riemsdyk

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

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

VOORHEES, N.J. — We’re down to the final 10 games of the regular season.

The Flyers can close to within four points of the final wild-card position and one point of the Canadiens with a regulation win on home ice Tuesday night.

Other important games vital to the Flyers' playoff chances:

• Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.
• Columbus at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:

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

• The illness bug that plagued Claude Giroux has worked its way around the room and has now afflicted defenseman Philippe Myers, who did not participate in the morning skate and is a game-time decision.

• Goaltender Carter Hart will earn his second straight start after one of his finest performances of the season as he stopped 41 shots in the Flyers' 2-1 victory Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Hart has two wins this season with 40 or more saves while allowing one goal or less. He’s the first rookie to do that in the same season since Columbus' Steve Mason in 2008-09.

Hart is expected to go against his idol Carey Price, who has lost three of his last four starts, including the eight goals he allowed against the Ducks on March 8. Price has won just three of his last 10 starts on the road.

• James van Riemsdyk has scored 19 goals over his last 29 games and is second in the NHL since Jan. 10 behind only Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (20).

Sometimes it's funny with guys who are goal scorers where it doesn’t look like there’s much to it. There’s lots of things you’re trying to time and it comes to chemistry. I’ve been getting into a good rhythm in the games. You want to expand your range as a player and that’s something I’ve worked really hard at. You look at where all the goals are scored, it’s no secret that goals are scored within 15 feet in front of the net. 

— van Riemsdyk

• The Canadiens were the third-place team in the Atlantic Division on the day they made the trade for Dale Weise and Christian Folin. Since then, Montreal is 6-10-1 and have fallen out of the playoff picture to ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

Folin is expected to play against the Flyers, while Weise, who has yet to score in nine games with the Canadiens, will be a healthy scratch.

• If you think the Flyers have a dismal power play, the Canadiens have been epically bad. Montreal is ranked last in the league at 11.9 percent. It would be the worst percentage on the man advantage since the 2013-14 Florida Panthers converted just 10 percent.

Former Flyer Jordan Weal is part of Montreal’s first power-play unit. Weal’s last power-play goal came on Feb. 18 as a member of the Arizona Coyotes.

Projected lineup

Forwards
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Claude Giroux
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Michael Raffl-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny
Phil Varone-Corban Knight-Ryan Hartman

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Shayne Gostisbehere-Andrew MacDonald
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Flyers 2, Penguins 1: Stunning the rival in final seconds of regulation, overtime

Flyers 2, Penguins 1: Stunning the rival in final seconds of regulation, overtime

BOX SCORE

PITTSBURGH — The Flyers love last-minute comebacks against the Penguins.

James van Riemsdyk scored with 18.8 seconds remaining in regulation that earned the Flyers a point before Sean Couturier won it in overtime, 2-1, Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

The Flyers took their regular-season series against the Pens, 3-1, while also pulling within six points of the second wild-card team, Columbus.

Here are my observations from PPG Paints Arena:

• JVR has 10 goals in his last 11 games, including the goal that may have saved the Flyers' slim playoff chances.

• After the disaster Friday in Toronto, I thought it was vitally important for the Flyers to establish a strong defensive presence and tighten up their play in the middle of the ice. They were able to do that, limiting the Penguins' chances in the first period while keeping shots to the outside.

• However, the second period was a Pittsburgh shooting gallery as it had the Flyers pinned into their zone. Nick Bjugstad raced by Travis Sanheim, who may played the longest shift (2:37) in his professional career as the Flyers' defenseman simply couldn’t get off the ice and was almost paralyzed out there.

Leave it to Carter Hart to come up with his best period since his personal eight-game winning streak. Pittsburgh had 31 shot attempts (18 on net) in that second period.

Hart finished with 41 saves, tying his career high.

• Teddy Blueger is no Evgeni Malkin, but with the Penguins' star center out with an injury, it was Blueger filling in as the Penguins' second-line center. Sometimes Malkin can go dormant at even strength, but you have to be completely aware of where he is on the power play.

Without Malkin, the Pens' power play didn’t have that lethal look to it. Coming into this game, Pittsburgh’s power play had scored five goals over the last three games.

• Of course, I wrote this earlier in the game and it’s Blueger who scored the game’s first goal. The Penguins' center had done absolutely nothing up to that point and was the recipient of a rebound that fell right to his stick.

Scott Laughton had Blueger pinned against the boards, lost him for just a split second and was victimized by the rebound goal. 

• Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon appeared to be conserving Claude Giroux in this game. The Flyers' captain was a game-time decision, feeling under the weather, and he played just 4:40 in the first period, but 7:29 in the second and a whopping 9:38 in the third.

• What a weird sequence of events to start the second period with the Flyers successfully challenging the initial call of goaltender interference. I thought the off-ice officials made the right determination in ruling it a good goal, and the on-ice officials also made the easy review in determining the play was offsides.

However, the on-ice officials actually erred twice. I’ve never seen two successful challenges on the same play. Very bizarre.

• Defensively, playing without their No. 1 defenseman Kris Letang, the Pens' blue line was a major difference in this game as it negated the Flyers' chances with excellent coverage and some very good breakout passes that didn’t allow the Flyers to set up their neutral-zone defense. 

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With 2018-19 fading, at least Flyers are seeing the 2019-20 possibilities with James van Riemsdyk

With 2018-19 fading, at least Flyers are seeing the 2019-20 possibilities with James van Riemsdyk

At this point, the Flyers are in silver-linings territory.

One overwhelming positive the club can take solace in as the postseason hopes fade is the production of James van Riemsdyk, the Flyers' five-year, $35 million man.

The focus is starting to shift to 2019-20, an important season for general manager Chuck Fletcher as he tries to capitalize on the team's core and push it back into the playoffs.

And van Riemsdyk is proving to Fletcher just how big time he can be in that win-now movement.

After putting up a hat trick against his old team in Friday night's crushing 7-6 loss to the Maple Leafs, van Riemsdyk has 18 goals in 28 games since Jan. 10. Only one NHL player has more goals over that span: Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl, who has 19 and is the league's second-leading goal scorer.

Van Riemsdyk has 27 points in those 28 games and is projected to finish with 29 goals, despite missing 16 games from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13 because of a lower-body ailment. He suffered the injury in the first period of the season's second game.

Understandably, it took van Riemsdyk some time to find his rhythm when he got back into the swing of things. Not only was he trying to catch up, but van Riemsdyk has also played on different lines, in different roles and under two head coaches. Prior to this 18-goal run, he had six markers in 25 games following his return on Nov. 15.

If van Riemsdyk doesn't miss 16 games, which also impacted his start, he would be looking at breaking his career high of 36 goals, set last season at 28 years old.

Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon, who was an assistant with van Riemsdyk's Maple Leafs from 2011 to 2014, had a talk with JVR before the Flyers' 2-1 win on Jan. 10, trying to help jump-start his winger.

Van Riemsdyk then scored in that victory and has been on a tear ever since.

"That's professional sports right there, there should be dialogue between your coaches and player, that's the only way you get growth," van Riemsdyk said Jan. 10. "For me, I'm in a new situation, new team, and I want to try to get my bearings right. There are always some things you can clarify, some things become a little second nature. When you're playing in a certain place for a long time, things become second nature that they may want you to do a little differently here, so there's been good communication and dialogue about some of that stuff. 

"I've had a good relationship with Gordo since I played for him in Toronto and some USA hockey stuff, so I appreciate him taking some time to talk me through some things he wanted to see and some different things we're trying to do."

The thought of a healthy van Riemsdyk, with no growing pains, over the course of a full season in 2019-20 should excite the Flyers.

Fletcher will have a fair share of work heading into his first offseason with the Flyers.

But he knows what he has in van Riemsdyk.

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