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Flyers ECSF Gameday: Game 5 vs. NYI (9/1/20)

September 1, 2020 - 6:49 AM ET

Gameday Preview: Flyers vs. Islanders In the fifth game of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia will take on Barry Trotz's New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday night. The game will be nationally televised on NBCSN. Game time is 7:00 p....

Wrap: Flyers Force Game 6

September 1, 2020 - 11:02 PM ET

Unable to protect a two-goal lead in the third period for the second time in the series, the Philadelphia Flyers once again rescued a victory in overtime as they defeated the New York Islanders, 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday evening. Scott Laughton's deflection of an Ivan Provoro...

Flyers ECSF Gameday: Game 6 vs. NYI (9/3/20)

September 3, 2020 - 6:39 AM ET

Gameday Preview: Flyers vs. Islanders In the sixth game of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia will take on Barry Trotz's New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Thursday night. The game will be nationally televised on NBCSN. Game time is 7:00 p...

Wrap: Flyers Dig Deep, Force Game 7

September 4, 2020 - 12:17 AM ET

Setting a new franchise record for a single series, the Philadelphia Flyers prevailed in double-OT, 5-4, against the New York Islanders on Thursday night for the Flyers third victory beyond regulation in the series. The Philadelphia win tied the series at three wins apiece and forced a seventh and d...

Flyers ECSF Gameday: Game 7 vs. NYI (9/5/20)

September 5, 2020 - 7:55 AM ET

Gameday Preview: Flyers vs. Islanders In the seventh and final game of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia will take on Barry Trotz's New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday night. The game will be nationally televised on NBC. Game time...

Wrap: Season ends with a whimper in Game 7 blowout

September 5, 2020 - 11:10 PM ET

The Philadelphia Flyers' bid to come back successfully from a three games to one deficit in their Second Round seres deficit to the New York Islanders fell one win short. The Flyers lost, 4-0, at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday Night. Unfortunately, Game 7 wasn't much of a contest . Scott Mayfield g...

So Close and Yet So Far

September 7, 2020 - 9:55 AM ET

Meltzer's Musings: So Close and Yet So Far In the big picture, the Philadelphia Flyers' 2019-20 regular season and playoffs were a step in the right direction. The team was within the top four in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, swept the round robin to enter the playoffs as the...

Quick Hits: Masterton, Draft Picks, Flyers Warriors Fundraiser and More

September 8, 2020 - 10:04 AM ET

Quick Hits: September 8, 2020 1) The NHL announced on Monday that Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who made a successful return to the league after entering the league's Player Assistance program for alcohol abuse and openly discussed his struggles with substance abuse in effort to inspire othe...

Flyers Offseason Directory: Dates,Free Agents, Loaned Players, Contracts

September 9, 2020 - 6:11 AM ET

Quick Hits: September 9, 2020 1) There is going to a whirlwind offseason one the Stanley Cup Final is over. The 2020 NHL Draft has been moved up slightly, with the first round taking place on Tue. Oct 6 and rounds two to seven on Wed. Oct. 7. Free agency season will open on Oct. 9. The salary ca...

Vigneault Finishes 2nd in Jack Adams Award Vote, Quick Hits for 9/10/20

September 10, 2020 - 10:24 AM ET

Vigneault Finishes 2nd in Jack Adams Award Vote A five-time finalist for the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year, Flyers head coach was denied his second victory as he finished second to Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy in the voting for the 2019-20 award. Columbus Blue Jackets head c...

Couturier Wins Selke Trophy, Fletcher Transcript

September 11, 2020 - 6:59 AM ET

Couturier Wins Selke Trophy The National Hockey League announced on Thursday evening that Philadelphia Flyers has won the 2019-20 Selke Trophy. Couturier won the award by a wide margin, with 1,428 voting points including 178 first-place votes among the 170 ballots cast by the members of the Profe...

Weekend Quick Hits

September 12, 2020 - 7:54 PM ET

Weekend Quick Hits: Sept 12-13, 2020 1) Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault will have his remote Exit Day media availability on Monday at 10:30 a.m. ET. There will also be new Flyers Broadcast Network content coming your way early next week. Vigneault will be doing an exclusive one-on-one interview...

Vigneault Discusses Playoffs & Offseason, Quick Hits

September 14, 2020 - 2:04 PM ET

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Musings and Quick Hits: Laughton, Giroux, Laviolette, Dallas and More

September 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM ET

Quick Hits: September 15, 2020 1) Over the course of this week, in lieu of a traditional Exit Day in which Flyers players address the media on the same day, there are a series of ongoing teleconferences. On Monday, Travis Sanheim, Nate Thompson and, later, Ivan Provorov spoke to the media. On Tue...

Quick Hits and Musings: Hart, Patrick, Flyers Warriors & Flyers Alumni

September 16, 2020 - 11:23 AM ET

Quick Hits: September 16, 2020 1) Flyers goaltender Carter Hart will speak via teleconference this afternoon with members of the Flyers media. One of the few unquestioned successes of the Flyers' playoff run was Hart's play. He wasn't infallible. He wan't without experiencing adversity in the...

Musings and Quick Hits: Hart, Konecny, Expansion Draft and More

September 17, 2020 - 7:47 AM ET

Quick Hits: September 17, 2020 1) On Wednesday afternoon, Flyers goaltender Carter Hart did a remote media availability session with the team's beat writers. In addition to assessing the 2019-20 season both from a team and individual standpoint, he discussed why the Islanders presented own-zone d...

Quick Hits: Konecny, NAK, Giroux, Hogberg, Armstrong and More

September 18, 2020 - 10:09 AM ET

Quick Hits: September 18, 2020 1) On Thursday afternoon, the Flyers announced a two-year contract extension for 24-year-old right winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel, preempting his impending restricted free agency. The deal, which runs through the 2020-21 season, pays an average annual value of $1.075 mil...

Giroux Discusses Postseason, Aube-Kubel Talks about New Contract

September 19, 2020 - 8:35 AM ET

Flyers forwards Claude Giroux and Nicolas Aube-Kubel spoke via separate teleconferences on Friday with members of the local media. Aube-Kubel, naturally, discussed his new two-year contract and his breakthrough 2019-20 season in which he earned a regular role in the Flyers' starting lineup. Giroux t...

Sunday Musings: September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020 - 10:38 AM ET

1) During the 2018-19 season, none of the NHL's bottom-10 teams in goals against average (and just two of the bottom 14 teams) made the playoffs. The two playoff teams among the bottom 14 in GAA were the Toronto Maple Leafs (20th, 3.04 GAA) and San Jose Sharks (21st, 3.15 GAA). Conversely, ther...

Meltzer's Musings: JVR and Goal-Scoring Wingers

September 21, 2020 - 10:16 AM ET

MELTZER'S MUSINGS: JVR AND GOAL-SCORING WINGERS In yesterday's blog, I discussed at length why a team's regular season goals against average has been a much better indicator in recent years of the club's likelihood of reaching the playoffs than where the team ranks in goals per game. That's why,...

Quick Hits: Raffl, TIFH and More

September 22, 2020 - 10:34 AM ET

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Quick Hits: Flyers Daily, Prospects, Draft and More

September 23, 2020 - 10:14 AM ET

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Quick Hits: Sept. 24, 2020

September 24, 2020 - 2:03 PM ET

Quick Hits: Sept. 24, 2020 1) Over the years, I have learned to get in the habit of writing HockeyBuzz blogs in other programs (either Word or as emails to myself) because the on-site content management system does not have a mechanism for saving drafts in the event of either needing to close the...