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

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

Updated: 7:14 p.m.

The Flyers don't exactly come home to a warm welcome.

In the second game of a back-to-back set, the Flyers (22-15-6) return to the Wells Fargo Center to face the NHL-leading Capitals (30-9-5) Wednesday.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Network
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com

• The Flyers called up Mark Friedman from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley on Wednesday and loaned Andy Andreoff to the Phantoms.

Last season, the 2014 third-round pick Friedman made his NHL debut when he was recognized by the front office with a call-up for Game 82. The 24-year-old plays with an edge and has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and a plus-3 rating in his third season with the Phantoms.

With Justin Braun (groin) sidelined until after the Jan. 24-26 All-Star break and Shayne Gostisbehere (knee) out Wednesday (and possibly longer), the Flyers have six healthy defensemen.

• The Flyers are coming off a 1-4-1 road trip in which they were outscored 28-16 and allowed 15 first-period goals.

At home, the Flyers have allowed only 37 goals in 19 games (an NHL-low 1.95 per game) to sport a 13-2-4 record.

Carter Hart is 11-1-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .947 save percentage at home.

• The Capitals are the only NHL team with 30 or more wins and own a league-leading 65 points.

Washington is 17-5-1 on the road and have won the last five meetings with the Flyers.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Tyler Pitlick-Michael Raffl-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Mikhail Vorobyev-Joel Farabee

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg-Mark Friedman

Goalies

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

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Future Flyers Report: Egor Zamula continues to make a name for himself, Jay O'Brien dominating the BCHL

Future Flyers Report: Egor Zamula continues to make a name for himself, Jay O'Brien dominating the BCHL

Another week of hockey has come and gone, so it's time for another check-in on the Flyers’ prospects playing in the AHL, overseas and at the junior and college levels.

• Things were quiet for defenseman Egor Zamula last week, but he made sure to turn up the volume heading into the next one. 

Zamula added another two goals, giving him an impressive 17 points on the season. He ranks second in points with the Calgary Hitmen and first in assists with 11.

It is also worth noting that Zamula is first among defensemen in plus-minus with a plus-18. This also puts him as fourth-best in the league.

This is a pretty impressive and rather rare sight to see a player who went undrafted find so much success. The Flyers have lucked out in recent years with finding two undrafted defensemen that have quickly made names for themselves — Zamula being one and Philippe Myers the other. If his upside is as great as it's projected to be, talk about another steal and even more depth at the blue line.

Jay O'Brien continues to flourish in the BCHL. In three games with the Penticton Vees this past week, O'Brien tallied six points (three goals, three assists).

In addition to that, he also extended his point streak to eight games. He now has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) through 23 games. Only two other players in the league — Kent Johnson and Michael Colella, who both play for the Trail Smoke Eaters — have more points.

The Vees also announced on Nov. 7 that O'Brien was their first ever player of the month for the month of October.


Quick hits

• It was another weekend of racking up points for Morgan Frost. He had a two-assist night on Saturday and also scored his fifth goal of the season on Sunday. He now has 12 points in 13 games.

It's also important to note the assist on Frost's goal came from Maksim Sushko. It was Sushko's only point of the weekend, but a beauty at that.

Alex Lyon had a solid performance Saturday night when the Phantoms won in overtime against the Hershey Bears, only letting in two goals. Through six games played this season, he is 3-1-2 with a 2.10 GAA and .920 save percentage.

Noah Cates had a pair of goals in as many games this weekend with the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. That gives him four goals thus far in eight games. Funny enough, he and his brother Jackson Cates are tied in first for goals on the team.

• Shifting gears to Western Michigan, Ronnie Attard scored the game-winning goal on Nov. 8. In that game, Wade Allison also tallied an assist. That was Allison's first point since Oct. 12.

Wyatt Wylie had a successful weekend on the road with Everett, collecting three points (one goal, two assists) in a two-game span. He now leads the WHL in power play assists with 10. Wyatt and the Silvertips won both games and they currently lead the U.S. Division with a 13-4-0-0 record.

Felix Sandstrom did not dress for either game this weekend for the Reading Royals. Through six games, he has a .890 save percentage and 2.80 GAA.

Down at defense

• This past Wednesday, while on a conditioning stint with the Phantoms, Samuel Morin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time in 19 months. He will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

• It's still unknown how long Mark Friedman will be out for the Phantoms after he left Saturday's game in the first period. He was injured directly following a collision against the boards and needed assistance off the ice. The Phantoms also recalled defenseman James De Haas from Reading, which could imply Friedman's injury may keep him out for a significant amount of time.

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

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

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers will wrap up the 2018-19 season Saturday night.

There will be no playoff hockey in Philadelphia after the Flyers (37-36-8) host the Hurricanes (45-29-7).

Let's look at the essentials:

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

• For interim head coach Scott Gordon, Saturday night's game marks his final on-the-job interview.

General manager Chuck Fletcher made it clear Gordon was a candidate for the 2019-20 head coaching position when the club summoned him from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley to take over for Dave Hakstol.

Gordon drove the Flyers into the playoff race but his team has gone 3-9-0 over the last 12 games after it went 18-4-2 in the previous 24. Overall, the Flyers are 25-21-4 under Gordon, who wasn't ready to reflect on the season following Saturday's optional morning skate.

I really don't want to get into that now, I'm just worried about today's game. I'm sure I'll think about it quite a bit once the season's over, but I wouldn't really do it justice if I started talking about it today.

• It was not a big deal when Philippe Myers was loaned to the Phantoms on Friday in conjunction with Mark Friedman's call-up (see story). The 22-year-old Myers got 21 games of NHL experience during a postseason race and can now play five more games with Lehigh Valley before shifting his focus to a full-time role next season.

I think he probably has eliminated some of the doubt that can go into the uncertainty of whether a player is going to be ready, both for himself and for the team.

For him to come up and play under the circumstances that he played in, where we're pushing pretty hard to get into the playoffs and the stakes are high, he acclimated himself quickly and showed that he's capable of playing here.

If we were in a situation where we were playing for the playoffs, he'd still be here.

- Gordon

• If the Flyers (82 points) fail to win Saturday's finale, they will finish with their fewest points in a full season since 2006-07, when they went 22-48-12 for 56 points.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. A victory over the Flyers would at least ensure they don't face the NHL-best Lightning in the first round. A lot can happen.

• Nolan Patrick's season is over as the 20-year-old center will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. The Flyers will once again roll with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

Projected lineup

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

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Shayne Gostisbehere-Samuel Morin
Mark Friedman

Goalies
Carter Hart
Cam Talbot

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