Nicolas Aube-Kubel

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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How Flyers' roster, lineup could change in a few ways

How Flyers' roster, lineup could change in a few ways

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers are expected to get some reinforcements during their six-game road trip.

On Friday at Flyers Skate Zone, before the team departed for San Jose, Scott Laughton practiced in contact on a line with Morgan Frost and Jakub Voracek. Laughton has missed the last five games because of a groin injury and could be activated off injured reserve as soon as Saturday to rejoin the lineup against the Sharks (10:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

“It’s been pretty quick but I’m still in it, still trying to get through it," Laughton said of the recovery process.

“It’s feeling better and better every day. ... It’s a fragile injury, so you don’t want to mess with it too much.”

Michael Raffl, who has been out since early December with a broken right pinkie finger, practiced in a non-contact jersey and is expected back at some point during the trip.

The Flyers' lineup will look different when those key role players return, two puck possession forwards who play important minutes on the penalty kill. The team is also 7-0-0 when Laughton records a point and 7-0-0 when Raffl records a point.

So what could change?

Andy Andreoff appears to be the odd man out when Laughton comes back. The 28-year-old forward was taking line rushes on defense Monday as an extra while Laughton joined the third line.

When Raffl returns from long-term injured reserve, he can slide into the fourth-line center role, where head coach Alain Vigneault has liked the 31-year-old. If that's the case, Mikhail Vorobyev would likely be sent back to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel has definitely won himself an extended call-up with the Flyers. The 23-year-old winger has a goal, two assists, 11 shots, 12 hits, five blocked shots and 6:30 shorthanded minutes over five games.

“I like his game," Vigneault said Monday. "Pretty much north-south, physical when he gets the opportunity, defensively he’s been in the right position, he’s been blocking shots. I like what he’s brought for us in this time, we’ve needed some help from some other people and he’s been one of the guys that has been contributing for us.”

Here's how the Flyers project to look at forward when Laughton and Raffl return:

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

 

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Competition aplenty as under-the-radar depth piece Nicolas Aube-Kubel re-signs with Flyers

Competition aplenty as under-the-radar depth piece Nicolas Aube-Kubel re-signs with Flyers

There has been plenty of talk about the Flyers' bottom-six depth.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel should be in the discussion when training camp rolls around.

The Flyers re-signed the restricted free agent Tuesday to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.

The 2014 second-round pick made his NHL debut last season and played a stretch of nine games from Oct. 30 to Nov. 17. He was a plus-1 with two shots in limited ice time (5:35 per game).

The 23-year-old winger is an intriguing piece to the Flyers' picture because of his speed and scoring ability, while also understanding a third- or fourth-line role. Over his last two seasons with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, Aube-Kubel has scored 34 goals and 76 points in 126 regular-season games. In his AHL career, he's a plus-35.

The Flyers have a job open for a bottom-six winger. Aube-Kubel will compete for a spot with guys like Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Isaac Ratcliffe, German Rubtsov, Carsen Twarynski, Mikhail Vorobyev, Andy Andreoff and Kurtis Gabriel.

Fletcher has two more restricted free agents to take care of and they're big ones: Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny (see story).

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