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Flyers cap special November, enter December with most points since Eric Lindros-led 1995-96 team

Flyers cap special November, enter December with most points since Eric Lindros-led 1995-96 team

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Finally, a November to remember.

The Flyers capped off a big-time month by beating the Canadiens, 4-3, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Bell Centre (see highlights).

Alain Vigneault's team went 10-2-4 with an NHL-best 24 points in November. Those marks are a sight for sore eyes after the Flyers went a combined 23-29-14 over their previous five Novembers.

To finish the month in style, Ivan Provorov maneuvered the puck between his legs en route to scoring the game-winning goal just 31 seconds into overtime.

The Flyers (15-7-5) have won four straight games, a stretch in which they've allowed only 1.75 goals per game.

The Canadiens (11-9-6) have lost seven games in a row.

• Let's provide some context on how notable this start is for the Flyers.

They have their most points (35) entering December since the 1995-96 club, which had 36 at 16-6-4.

That season, Hall of Famer Eric Lindros was 22 years old and scored a career-high 115 points. Terry Murray was behind the bench.

In 2018-19, the Flyers had 10 total wins after October and November.

In 2017-18, they had eight total wins after October and November.

The 2019-20 Flyers won 10 games in November alone, matching the most the franchise has ever won during the month.

• Morgan Frost was moved off the first line during the third period in favor of Michael Raffl.

There's a good chance Vigneault wanted to shorten his bench in the final stanza and go with a safer, sound first line. Montreal was pushing hard and Raffl is a trustworthy player who makes smart decisions.

It's not a knock on Frost — it's just that he's only 20 years old and was playing in his seventh career NHL game.

Frost joined Tyler Pitlick and James van Riemsdyk, a group that didn't play the final seven minutes of the contest.

Vigneault really wanted that game.

• The Flyers didn't pay Kevin Hayes to light up the scoreboard every game. They believe he'll make plays, but they also wanted the 27-year-old center for his 200-foot focus and penalty kill strengths.

If he can score at a steady clip like he has over the past seven games, the Flyers (and fans) will be happy.

Hayes doesn't have a multi-point game in this seven-game spurt but he has consistently been a presence, recording four goals, two assists and a plus-3 mark.

When Hayes scored his career-high 25 goals in 2017-18, he had five markers through 27 games. This season, he already has eight in 27. Good signs from him.

• Brian Elliott, who entered 3-0-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in November, registered 39 huge saves.

He was vulnerable early on when he allowed a goal 19 seconds into the game. But he made a number of timely stops as he was under siege for most of the afternoon.

The 34-year-old goalie has provided everything the Flyers could have envisioned when they re-signed him this offseason.

• Travis Konecny, who didn't look 100 percent healthy Friday, looked pretty good sniping a go-ahead goal early in the third period against the Canadiens.

He has 25 points in 27 games. Last season, it took him 48 games to notch his 25th point.

His progress remains one of the Flyers' biggest positives and he'll enjoy the off day Sunday.

• Following a healthy scratch Friday, Philippe Myers was back in the lineup for Robert Hagg. The Flyers are high on the 22-year-old Myers and the probable odd-man out on defense moving forward is Hagg. But the Flyers will want to get him games from time to time — he's a good extra defenseman to have and there's definitely pressure to perform among the blueliners.

• The Flyers are off Sunday and practice at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Voorhees, New Jersey, before kicking off their December slate Tuesday when they welcome the Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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Flyers at Canadiens: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Canadiens: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Alain Vigneault's team has a chance to finish off acing its 16-game November test.

The Flyers (14-7-5) visit the Canadiens (11-9-5) Saturday to wrap up an impressive month.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 3 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bell Centre
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Just how good have the Flyers been in November?

They can pick up their 10th win this month as they enter Saturday leading the NHL with 22 points during November (9-2-4).

After October and November of the 2018-19 season, the Flyers had 10 total wins.

After October and November of the 2017-18 season, the Flyers had eight total wins.

• The Flyers' run of improved play goes back to Oct. 21, a span in which they've earned at least a point in 16 of 20 games.

Since that date, the Flyers are 12-4-4 with 28 points. Only two teams have more points over that stretch — the Blues and Bruins with 29.

• The Canadiens have lost six straight games by a combined score of 31-16. The Flyers are on a five-game point streak in which they've outscored the opposition 18-9.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Morgan Frost-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
James van Riemsdyk-Michael Raffl-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

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

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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Flyers keep the late fun coming thanks to overtime win, are in company with 2011-12 team

Flyers keep the late fun coming thanks to overtime win, are in company with 2011-12 team

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The Flyers have made things interesting. They've gone past regulation in three of their last four games.

Despite the late theatrics, they have their longest point streak of the season at four games after beating the Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Sean Couturier scored the winner as his shot just barely beat Montreal goalie Carey Price.

 

The Flyers (8-5-2) have their most wins through the first 15 games of a season since 2011-12, when the team started 8-4-3 and finished 47-26-9 with 103 points. That was the last time the Flyers won a playoff series.

The Canadiens (8-5-3), who had won four of their last five games, nearly stole this one from the Flyers.

• The Flyers came out like gangbusters in the second period, outshooting the Canadiens 14-1 at one point during the stanza. They had a chance to win the game in that period but either ran out of gas or lost focus, allowing Montreal to score and stay alive with just a one-goal deficit at second intermission.

Tap your stick to Price, too, who made 32 saves through the first 40 minutes.

The Flyers finally got the best of him for good in overtime to improve to 6-1-1 at home.

• James van Riemsdyk's goal came directly after a power play expired, but the Flyers were let down by their man advantage. The power play went 0 for 6 and fell flat twice in the third period.

Carsen Twarynski was also awarded a penalty shot with 6:43 left in regulation but Price turned him away.

Fortunately for the Flyers, it didn't bite them.

• Philippe Myers has been impressive since his call-up on Halloween. The 22-year-old defenseman opened the game's scoring with a sharp play to keep the puck in the offensive and shoot it through traffic.

He covers ice, moves well and these types of plays are why so many gush about his potential. With four games, he's starting to cement his spot in the lineup.

Myers was the Flyers' best player Thursday night.

• van Riemsdyk, who knows how to clean up loose pucks, extended the Flyers' lead to 2-0 early in the second period.

After going scoreless in his first seven games, van Riemsdyk has eight points over his last eight. It was only a matter of time before van Riemsdyk started scoring and his 200-foot play has been much more noticeable than in years past.

• Carter Hart is 3-0-0 with 78 saves on 84 shots over his last three games.

The first goal Hart allowed Thursday was off a big rebound. The coverage in front of him was porous.

The second goal, Hart didn't play the puck too well behind the net and it led to Shea Weber beating him.

Price, who went 2-0-0 with 61 saves on 63 shots against the Flyers last season, made 40 saves.

• Ivan Provorov had a difficult time handling the puck on the power play, fumbling a few passes and struggling on entries.

The 22-year-old has been quarterbacking the first unit in place of Shayne Gostisbehere. While Provorov has looked strong overall, he'll have to be better moving forward to hold off Gostisbehere from earning back his role.

"Ghost, in our minds, coming in, was the power play guy," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "He’s been given the opportunity, I need him to show more on that. I need him to show more of that offensive skill. I know he’s trying real hard and he’s come with a real good mindset, and a real good attitude as far as work ethic, but he needs to show more.”

• Really tough news for Samuel Morin (see story).

• A cool story with Max Domi and Bob Clarke:

• The Flyers face a challenging back-to-back set on the road against the Maple Leafs Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and Bruins Sunday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

 

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