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Flyers' Scott Laughton: Adds to highlight reel
Laughton was the only Flyer to hit the scoresheet in Saturday's 5-1 road loss to the Canucks.
Laughton's goal was quite amazing, as he tracked down a bouncing puck on the rush and stormed past two defensemen -- he controlled the biscuit around the ankles of Derrick Pouliot and went top shelf for his seventh goal of the season. Laughton's shooting percentage of 17.1 likely isn't sustainable considering 9.3 was his previous career high, but either way, the center is performing at a high level with 12 points through 31 games on a checking line.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Alex Lyon: Decent in emergency showing
Lyon stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief of injured starter Anthony Stolarz (lower body) in Saturday's 5-1 road loss to the Canucks.
Lyon stepped in for Stolarz approximately halfway through the first period, and the rookie performed reasonably well considering Lyon hadn't had much prep time with the parent club and was biding his time with AHL Lehigh Valley before his promotion Thursday. The Flyers have a messy situation in goal, as Brian Elliott (lower body), Michal Neuvirth (personal) and Stolarz are all tending to one matter or another ahead of Tuesday's home game against the Red Wings.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Ruled out with lower-body injury
Stolarz (lower body) has been ruled out for the rest of Saturday's contest against Vancouver, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Stolarz was only playing because Brian Elliott (lower body) and Michal Neuvrith (personal) are both unavailable, so Philadelphia will now turn to fourth-stringer Alex Lyon in net. Should Stolarz's injury prove significant, Neuvirth would have the shortest timetable for a return, as he's currently away from the team for the birth of his child.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Starting for second straight night
Stolarz will start Saturday's game in Vancouver, Jeff Paterson of TSN1040 reports.
Stolarz has been a busy man of late, as he'll be starting for the second consecutive night while playing for the sixth time since Dec. 6 for a Flyers team that's battling the injury bug in net. He's surrendered 19 goals in the first five games of that stretch, but coach Dave Hakstol would rather keep rolling with Stolarz than turn to alternative Alex Lyon, who's surrendered four goals in just one period of action this season.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Jordan Weal: Not playing
Weal was a healthy scratch again Friday night against the Oilers.
Weal has only played one game in December, and he posted a minus-2 rating with no other statistics in that contest Dec. 8 against the Sabres. This season, Weal has three goals and seven points in 21 contests. With a 59.6 faceoff percentage and 16 PIM, he's a solid contributor in those categories, but he can be left on the waiver wire as long as he remains in the press box.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Wayne Simmonds: Continues laying lumber
Simmonds posted five hits, two PIM and one shot in a 4-1 loss to the Oilers on Friday.
He hasn't scored a point in three games and owns a minus-9 rating this season, but Simmonds continues to rack up the hits and penalty minutes. He has 55 hits and 45 PIM in 30 games this season. Owners have to be disappointed with his 10 goals and 14 points, but at least he's contributing in the other categories.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Jakub Voracek: Buries third December goal
Voracek was credited with a goal in Friday's 4-1 road loss to the Oilers.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux pilfered the puck from behind the net and fed a streaking Voracek for a huge blast from the point. It appeared that Sean Couturier put some lumber on the shot for a deflection, but it was only Giroux and Voracek to wind up on the scoresheet for the Flyers. The proven scoring vet is up to nine goals and 16 assists through 30 games, but here's hoping your league doesn't emphasize plus-minus since Voracek is currently at minus-10.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Latest victim of McDavid and Co.
Stolarz allowed three goals on 21 shots Friday in a 4-1 road loss to the Oilers.
Stolarz surrendered three unanswered goals with Edmonton's first line -- you know, the one with Connor McDavid -- factoring into the first two. The fact that Stolarz is currently up in the NHL despite being on a one-year, two-way contract speaks volumes about how dire Philadelphia's goaltending is this juncture.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Facing off against Edmonton
Stolarz will get the road start Friday versus the Oilers.
Stolarz was lit up for six goals by the Flames in his last start, including two in in the final 1:08 of regulation and one in overtime. He'll have to overcome his late-game meltdown with the Oilers on the docket. Edmonton has won seven of its last nine games and averaged 3.1 goals per contest in that span.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Brian Elliott: Bound for Philly to be reexamined
Elliott (lower body) was forced to return to Philadelphia for further medical evaluation, which raises the concern about his injury, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
The Flyers are in Edmonton preparing for Friday's road game against the Oilers, but Elliott was rerouted back home for what appears to be an urgent medical appointment. Philadelphia's goaltending situation has been in a constant state of flux, and with Michal Neuvirth also heading home to be with his wife, who is expecting, Alex Lyon has been recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley as the interim No. 2 goalie behind rookie Anthony Stolarz.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Michal Neuvirth: Expecting birth of child any day
Neuvirth (personal) has left the team to be with his wife for the birth of their child.
While great news for the Neuvirth family, the goaltender's absence comes at a tough time for the Flyers as the team is already without Brian Elliott (lower body). Down its top two netminders, Philadelphia will now turn to Anthony Stolarz. To help bolster the crease, the Flyers recalled Alex Lyon from AHL Lehigh Valley on Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Alex Lyon: Summoned by parent club
The Flyers recalled Lyon from AHL Lehigh Valley on Thursday.
Brian Elliott (lower body) has returned to Philadelphia to undergo further evaluation, and Michal Neuvirth has done the same to be present for the birth of his child, so Lyon may get an opportunity to start in goal Friday against the Oilers or Saturday against Vancouver. The 26-year-old American hasn't played well in the minors this season, compiling a 3-4-0 record while posting a subpar 3.48 GAA and .907 save percentage in seven appearances.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Claude Giroux: On hot streak
Giroux posted two assists, including one on the power play, in a 6-5 overtime defeat against the Flames on Wednesday.
That's multiple points in three of the last four games for Giroux, and the hot streak has put him in a place very similar to where he was a season ago. Giroux only has 11 goals, but he is among the leaders with 27 assists and thus has 39 points in 29 games. Last season, Giroux led the league with 68 assists. In the past 10 games, he has four goals and 16 points.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Travis Sanheim: Heating up
Sanheim scored a goal in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Flames on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old is officially out of his cold streak. After going 16 games with only an assist, Sanheim has three goals and four points in the last four contests. It's been a tough start to the season, and yet, Sanheim has already matched his rookie season totals. In 29 games, he has three goals and 10 points during 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Struggles again
Stolarz allowed six goals on 41 shots in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Flames on Wednesday.
In seven appearances, Stolarz has rarely played well, giving him little streaming appeal. His record is a respectable 2-2-1, but he owns an .889 save percentage and a 3.79 GAA. Stolarz has also yielded 10 goals in about the last 93 minutes.... See More ... See Less