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Kevin Hayes adds reporter to résumé after talking Super Bowl predictions with Flyers

Kevin Hayes adds reporter to résumé after talking Super Bowl predictions with Flyers

He's one of the biggest assets on the Flyers' penalty kill, used to ref, is a comedian on the ice when mic'd up and now? We can add reporter to the long list of accomplishments for Kevin Hayes.

Leading up to the second biggest sporting event of the year (the Puppy Bowl being the first, of course), Hayes went "Live" on Flyers TV, interviewing some of his teammates about the Super Bowl.

Brian Elliott was first up and it's safe to say he was not about it.

But it seemed like the captain Claude Giroux was enjoying the interview.

Funny enough, both Elliott and Giroux had the 49ers winning by three points with the same exact score.

Finally, some of the players were pulling for Andy Reid and his Chiefs when it was James van Riemsdyk's turn to talk to the new reporter.

And even Ivan Provorov believes it's the Chiefs' year, though he picked quite an interesting final score of the game, 20-16.

"They have to go for the two points," Provorov said.

It seems like he and the Flyers know a lot about the need for two points.

And, of course, the man himself couldn't end the day without giving his prediction, too.

Hayes interviewing his teammates on the regular seems like it could be quite an entertaining bit from the Flyers. Let's hope it continues in the future for everyone's sake.

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2020 players and puppies calendar for Flyers is all you wanted ... and then some

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2020 players and puppies calendar for Flyers is all you wanted ... and then some

Players and puppies. That’s it, that’s the post.

Just kidding  — but honestly, I’m not sure if there could be a combination that tops it ... unless Gritty is involved. Then it would be a trifecta for Flyers fans.

Flyers Charities decided to get very creative with its 2020 calendar and went with a shoot that involved the players as well as some furry friends to join them.

Heather Barry, the photographer of the shoot, reflected on the day it all happened.

“My experience with the day was incredible," she said. "We started setting up for the shoot at 9 a.m. early in November. The setup included two lights, a 12x30 backdrop and lots of puppy pee pads and gaff tape. Players arrived with their own dogs and players without dogs were given an adoptable puppy to photograph with.”

One of the most notable moments during the day for Barry though came when Brian Elliott spontaneously picked up his dog in the middle of their shoot. If you look at the tweet above, the teaser video shows Elliott along with his son, and a very, very big pup.

“I've been working alongside Flyers Charities all season long,” Barry said. “From the Gritty 5K, this Puppy Calendar shoot, and the Flyers Wives Carnival. The team of women there are incredible, positive and it's really refreshing to work alongside them. They go above and beyond for the fans and community events they get involved with.”

The dynamic duo of Harvey and Charlie make an appearance with their dad, Claude Giroux.

And Oskar Lindblom with his mini dachshund Tage, is just the content needed to put a smile on your face.

It was obvious that the players enjoyed the morning, all except for Kevin Hayes, who apparently is quite fearful of dogs. He was given the smallest one and attempted to quickly wrap up his shoot … but we’ll need to get some more information on that one. Perhaps when the Eagles a.k.a the underdogs beat his beloved Patriots in the Super Bowl with a score of 41-33 was the turning point for his opinion on man’s best friend?

Anyways, the calendar is available for purchase here and you can also get them at the Flyers Charities table Saturday night when the team hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

Make sure to get them soon though, since they won’t be available at the Wives Carnival on Feb. 23.

Also, is now a good time to bring up the discussion of getting a team dog again? I volunteer to take care of it during road trips, if that sways the decision in any way.

Do I need to make another petition? Don’t tempt me.

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Brian Elliott delivers, Jakub Voracek passes Eric Lindros, Rick MacLeish and Flyers earn OT win over Ducks

Brian Elliott delivers, Jakub Voracek passes Eric Lindros, Rick MacLeish and Flyers earn OT win over Ducks

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Right now on the road, the Flyers don't care about points for artistic merit.

They'll take wins however they can get them away from the Wells Fargo Center. They picked up a big one Sunday night with a 2-1 OT decision over the Ducks at Honda Center.

Fewer than 24 hours prior, the Flyers were whipped in San Jose, 6-1. They came into Anaheim with an 8-10-1 record and a minus-24 goal differential on the road.

Kevin Hayes scored the winner in bonus time off a precise feed from Jakub Voracek.

The Flyers (22-12-5) are two games into their six-game road trip.

The Ducks (16-18-5) own the NHL's second-fewest points since Nov. 3, going 7-12-5.

• Brian Elliott allowed a bad goal 35 seconds into the game on an Erik Gudbranson shot from the blue line.

After that, he was clutch for the Flyers, who have really needed strong goaltending on the road because of prolonged stretches in which they've struggled to score.

In the third period, Elliott helped kill a 5-on-3 and recorded 13 saves. He finished with 27 overall.

Over their previous five road games (1-4-0), the Flyers allowed 4.80 goals per game and scored only 10.

Elliott stemmed the tide (see highlights).

Anaheim goalie John Gibson was also good, stopping 33 shots. 

• With helpers on both of the Flyers' goals, Voracek passed Hall of Famer Eric Lindros and Flyers Hall of Famer Rick MacLeish for sixth on the franchise's all-time assists list.

That's legit company for Voracek, who has 370 assists in his time with the orange and black. 

Along with Hayes and James van Riemsdyk, Voracek has turned it on with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and a plus-10 rating in his last 17 games.

Sean Couturier scored the opening-period goal to give Voracek his first assist. Couturier keeps humming along, leading the Flyers in even-strength scoring with 23 points.

• Nicolas Aube-Kubel, a 23-year-old winger called up on Dec. 15, has forced the Flyers into tough decisions with his energetic and opportunistic game. Morgan Frost was sent to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley before the game and Andy Andreoff could join him soon when Scott Laughton (groin, day to day) returns.

With the Frost move, the 23-year-old Aube-Kubel earned power play time Sunday and he was constantly noticeable at even strength.

Aube-Kubel was summoned by the banged-up Flyers out of sheer necessity and he's given the club every reason to keep him here.

• Mikhail Vorobyev, who stayed with the Flyers over Frost, committed two penalties. Following the second infraction, which came six minutes into the third period of a 1-1 game, Vorobyev saw the ice only once more for a brief shift.

Vorobyev, who turns 23 years old next Sunday, is in his fifth stint with the Flyers going back to last season. 

• Head coach Alain Vigneault tried some different combinations at forward, putting Voracek with Couturier and Claude Giroux, while Travis Konecny joined Hayes and van Riemsdyk.

Aube-Kubel went to the fourth line with Andreoff and Michael Raffl, who returned from a broken right pinkie finger that had him out since early this month.

• Robert Hagg drew into the lineup as Philippe Myers sat. The Flyers are playing three games in four days and these decisions on defense can be a positive.

• The road trip continues Tuesday when the Flyers visit the Kings (9 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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