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Flyers' Jakub Voracek: Scores point for fifth time in last six games
Voracek scored the Flyers only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
After some early season outbursts, Voracek has settled in and has earned a point in five of the last six games. As usual, he's on pace for about 20 goals and is close to a point per game. Voracek has five goals and 17 points with a minus-3 rating in 18 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Brian Elliott: Plays well in loss
Elliott allowed two goals on 30 shots in a tough 2-1 loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
The veteran netminder yielded a power-play goal to open the scoring in the second period, and then gave up an insurance marker about seven minutes later. The first goal snapped a shutout streak of more than 160 minutes. The loss also stopped a four-game winning streak for Elliott, but he still owns a .954 save percentage and a 1.32 GAA in his last five games.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Radko Gudas: Back after maintenance day
Gudas (undisclosed) took part in Tuesday's optional skate after receiving a maintenance day Monday, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
With Gudas healthy, he should remain in the lineup over Andrew MacDonald against the Panthers on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Gudas is still looking for his first goal of the 2018-19 campaign and is pointless in his previous 11 outings. The blueliner has cracked the 20-point mark just twice in his career and could be hard pressed to do so this year.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Brian Elliott: Facing Florida
Elliott will start between the pipes in Tuesday's home game against the Panthers, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Elliott has been red hot recently, picking up four consecutive wins while posting a fantastic 1.12 GAA and .960 save percentage over that span. The veteran backstop will look to keep rolling and secure his seventh victory of the campaign in a home matchup with a surging Panthers team that's also won four straight.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Radko Gudas: Absent from practice Monday
Gudas was not in attendance for Monday's practice session, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
The Flyers didn't immediately offer any explanations for Gudas' absence, so it's unclear if this was due to injury, illness or personal reasons. The team is in action versus the Panthers on Tuesdays, so look for an update on the blueliner's availability following the game-day skate. If Gudas is unable to play, Andrew MacDonald would figure to slot into the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' James van Riemsdyk: Aiming for Thursday return
Van Riemsdyk (lower body) is hoping to play Thursday against the Devils, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
JVR has played only two games in 2018-19, his last appearance having come all the way back on Oct. 6. Seemingly nearing a return, van Riemsdyk's re-insertion into Philly's lineup would, among other things, help its 28th ranked power play (13.8). Before anything happens though, he'll need to be taken off injured reserve.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Claude Giroux: Milestone afternoon for slick forward
Giroux had a goal and two assists Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
One of the assists moved him into fourth in franchise history for points. Giroux has eight points (three goals, five assists) on his current, three-game point streak, and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past six. He's on pace to actually better his 102 points from last year. Wow. Giroux only gets better with age.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Sean Couturier: Big three-point game
Couturier scored two goals and had an assist Saturday in a 4-0 win over Chicago.
He was also plus-4. Couturier has come alive of late -- the points stretch his point streak to three games and six points (three goals, three assists). He has eight of his 11 points in his last six games, so Couturier is hot. Make sure you are taking advantage.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Brian Elliott: First shutout this season
Elliott made 34 saves in a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon.
It was his first shutout of the season. After a queasy start to the season, Elliott has only allowed more than two goals once in his last seven appearances (six starts; 11 goals). In contrast, he allowed 19 goals in his first five starts. Elliott may be a worthy trade target before his owner realizes he's taken a massive turn for the better this season.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Brian Elliott: Takes to ice for matinee Saturday
Elliott will tend twine against the visiting Blackhawks on Saturday, Jamey Baskow of Philadelphia Sports Network reports.
Elliott is in pursuit of his fourth straight win. He saved all 16 shots in a relief outing against the Coyotes his last time out, and now Philadelphia's No. 1 netminder will square off against a Blackhawks team that is still getting accustomed to new coach Jerry Colliton.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Nolan Patrick: Heating up
Patrick has seemingly broken out of his slump, as he has two goals and six points in the last five games.
In the first eight games, he had just two goals and no assists with a minus-7 rating. But the hot streak has brought his numbers up to a respectable level -- four goals and eight points with a minus-1 rating in 13 contests. He's been able to do it behind a 21.1 shooting percentage, which likely won't continue, but the good news is he's posted seven shots in the last three games. Patrick's stock is firmly trending upwards.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Travis Sanheim: Pointless in last seven games
Sanheim hasn't scored a point in seven straight contests and has just five assists in 16 games this season.
The 22-year-old is still waiting on his first goal -- in the meantime, the assists have dried up too. In the last five games, Sanheim only has four shots on goal as well, and he doesn't have any in the last three contests. He isn't a bruising defenseman, so he's not getting hits or many blocks either. That makes it very hard to justify a spot for Sanheim even in the deepest of keeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Radko Gudas: Getting shots on net
Gudas has 16 shots on goal in the last six games, but he's still waiting for his first score of the 2018-19 season.
In addition to the goal drought, Gudas hasn't recorded an assist since Oct. 16. Even with an increase in shots, that's 10 straight games without a point. Gudas is also under his usual 1.0 PIM per game with 10 PIM in 15 contests. He's averaging 2.4 hits per contest as well, which is just about what he did last season, but that's far below his 4.2 hits per game average from two seasons ago. Even with more shots, Gudas isn't producing enough elsewhere to justify a roster spot in standard leagues.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Ivan Provorov: Heating up
Provorov has two goals and three points with a plus-3 rating and 10 shots on goal in the last five games.
In his first 11 games of the season, he had three assists, but that hardly covers up a minus-8 rating and a mere 16 shots on goal. But the good news is Provorov has played much better since the Flyers' West Coast trip, recording more shots and playing better defensively. He's still most valuable in dynasty leagues, but if he continues this production, he will be relevant in deeper redraft leagues soon. Provorov has two goals and six points with a minus-4 rating in 16 games.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' James van Riemsdyk: Out at least one more week
Van Riemsdyk (lower body) practiced again Friday, though it will be at least another week before he returns, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
Not only has van Riemsdyk been practicing, but he's been on the ice in normal gear and taking contact. Still, considering JVR has been out since the second game of the season, the Flyers will want to make sure that he comes back as strong as ever.... See More ... See Less
Flyers' Claude Giroux: Nears 20 points
Giroux notched two assists Thursday, helping his team complete a comeback 5-4 win over Arizona.
Those apples give Giroux 19 points for the year, and he's clearly building off the 102 points he posted a season ago. This takes no thought at all: if he's playing, he should be in your lineup.... See More ... See Less