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

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

As they look to keep rolling, the Flyers will look different Thursday night.

After going 7-2-1 in their previous 10 games, the Flyers (29-17-7) welcome the Devils (18-24-10) Thursday night.

Let's get into the essentials:

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

• The flu has cooled off Joel Farabee.

The 19-year-old rookie, who has six points (four goals, two assists) in his last six games, will miss tonight's game. Farabee didn't practice Wednesday and was still too sick when he woke up Thursday.

His absence is not easy to fill as Farabee has been playing his best hockey, especially alongside Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek.

The Flyers on Thursday morning called up Andy Andreoff. He'll join the fourth line and Michael Raffl will climb to the second line. The 31-year-old Raffl knows Couturier and Voracek well.

• Shayne Gostisbehere is back.

The defenseman returns after missing 10 games because of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Robert Hagg is the odd man out on defense, despite a real positive stretch through 16 games in which he put up six points and a plus-11 mark.

Haggs has been playing well. I talked to him this morning, not happy with not playing, I expect him not to be happy about it. But Shayne’s ready to go and I want to get him in.

Sometimes, even though a guy is playing well, you’ve got to look at the big picture. I’m looking at the big picture right now and Shayne has been out a while and this is a good game to put him back in.

- Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault

• The Flyers are 9-2-4 against the Metropolitan Division after going 10-16-2 against divisional opponents last season.

Projected lineup

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk-Claude Giroux-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Tyler Pitlick
Andy Andreoff-Connor Bunnaman-Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Alex Lyon

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Wayne Simmonds, Devils show support for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom as 'Oskar Strong' shirts expand

Wayne Simmonds, Devils show support for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom as 'Oskar Strong' shirts expand

Standing in the Lincoln Financial Field locker room, with eye black still on his face, Oskar Lindblom smiled when asked about Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers had just finished a 4-3 OT win over the Penguins in an unforgettable Stadium Series game. Simmonds and his teammates shared an emotional moment in the locker room.

Lindblom soaked in the scene.

"That was cool," Lindblom said on Feb. 23 last season. "All those guys, they're the core of the group. To see them talk and just be around them, that's good for all of us. We can learn so much from them and they're good leaders. It was great."

The night turned out to be Simmonds' final game in orange and black as the beloved power forward was traded two days later. Lindblom and Simmonds are no longer teammates, but they're still brothers.

On Friday, Simmonds and his new team the Devils showed their support for Lindblom, the Flyers’ 23-year-old forward from Sweden who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma last month.

The support through "Oskar Strong" shirts continues to expand. The shirts can be purchased at BiscuitTees.com, with all proceeds benefiting the NHL's "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiative.

Kim Parent, co-owner/artist for BiscuitTees.com and the daughter of Flyers great Bernie Parent, told NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com Friday that the company has raised nearly $200,000.

The Rangers sported the shirts for their game against the Flyers on Dec. 23. Per Parent, the Wild and Coyotes have also purchased them. The Flyers play Arizona on Saturday (8 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

BiscuitTees.com has also shipped shirts to Alex Lyon for the goalie and his AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley teammates to wear.

Incredibly, the shirts have reached Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Latvia, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, per Parent.

"Strong," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said of Lindblom. "He’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

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What Devils-Coyotes Taylor Hall trade means for Flyers

What Devils-Coyotes Taylor Hall trade means for Flyers

At least Taylor Hall is out of the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference.

That's how the Flyers can view Monday's trade, which saw the Devils send Hall and Blake Speers to the Coyotes in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, 2021 third-round pick (conditional), Nick Merkley, Nate Schnarr and Kevin Bahl. New Jersey is reportedly retaining half ($3 million) of Hall's salary.

Obviously, it's unknown if the Flyers had any interest in Hall. The Flyers would have had to sacrifice quite a bit if they wanted the 28-year-old winger, who very well could be a rental as Hall can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The Flyers are currently undermanned at forward without Scott Laughton (groin), Tyler Pitlick (concussion), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma diagnosis), Travis Konecny (concussion), Michael Raffl (broken right pinkie finger) and Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder).

But the Flyers are in solid position at 17-11-5 and they'll have a better idea of what they might need when the schedule gets closer to the Feb. 24 trade deadline and the market is more flexible.

The Devils have disappointed, sitting in last place of the Metropolitan Division with a 10-17-5 record. New Jersey has already fired its head coach and is scoring the NHL's second-fewest goals per game (2.38), while allowing the second most (3.47).

The positive for the Flyers is that they now have to see Hall only more time this season when they visit the Coyotes on Jan. 4. Hall, who was the Devils' leading scorer (25 points) and won the 2017-18 Hart Memorial Trophy, has 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) in 19 career matchups with the Flyers.

The Flyers play New Jersey Feb. 6 and March 28, when the postseason race will be hotter, and at least they won't have to worry about Hall.

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