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Quick Hits: Lausanne Wrapup, Onward to Prague, RIP Larry Hale

October 1, 2019 - 10:52 AM ET

Quick Hits: Oct. 1, 2019 1) Upsets such as the one that befell the Flyers on Monday -- falling behind Swiss National League team Lausanne HC by a 4-0 score and then falling a goal short in a comeback bid to drop a 4-3 decision -- are not really all that unusual. I've seen a Flyers team that u...

Flyers Set Opening-Night Roster: Inside the Numbers and Cap Implications

October 2, 2019 - 4:31 AM ET

All NHL teams filed their season-opening rosters with the National Hockey League yesterday. The Flyers were among the 11 teams in the league that had to do significant compliance gymnastics in order to file a roster that was within the salary cap ceiling as well as being compliant with the 23-man li...

Quick Hits: Season Eve, Flyers Czechs, Warriors, Ed Snider Mural & More

October 3, 2019 - 5:24 AM ET

Quick Hits: October 3, 2019 1) The Flyers held practice in Prague on Thursday in preparation for Friday's regular season opener at O2 Arena against the Chicago Blackhawks. The line combos were as follows: 28 Claude Giroux - 13 Kevin Hayes - 93 Jakub Voracek 23 Oskar Lindblom -14 Sean Couturie...

Flyers Gameday: 10/4/19 vs. CHI (Prague)

October 3, 2019 - 6:44 PM ET

GAME 1: FLYERS VS. BLACKHAWKS The curtain rises on the 2019-20 regular season as new head coach Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia Flyers take on Jeremy Colliton's Chicago Blackhawks at O2 Arena in Prague on Friday. The game is the showcase event of the 2019 NHL Global Series. Game time on Friday...

Flyers Opener Wrap, Phantoms, Flyers Warriors and More

October 5, 2019 - 9:58 AM ET

Wrap: Flyers Claim Opener in Prague, 4-3 The Flyers trip to Europe ended on a strong note as the team never trailed and went on defeat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, in the regular season opener at 02 Arena in Prague on Friday. The Flyers tallied once in the first, twice in the second, and added wh...

Quick Hits: Flyers Return, Phantoms, Flyers Warriors

October 6, 2019 - 9:32 AM ET

Quick Hits: October 6, 2019 1) The Flyers returned from Prague to Philadelphia yesterday. After a day to recuperate and readjust to the eastern U.S. time zone, the team will begin preparations for Wednesday's home opener against the New Jersey Devils. 2) AHL: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms droppe...

Quick Hits: Off-Day, Sandstrom, York, Flyers Warriors Win Warrior Classic

October 7, 2019 - 10:33 AM ET

Quick Hits: October 7. 2019 1) The Flyers have a complete off-day on Monday to recover from the time change and jet lag from their return trip from Prague. On Tuesday, the team will have practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The logistics of the team's early-season schedule are about to get wei...

Leaving Las Vegas (but not empty-handed)

October 7, 2019 - 9:41 PM ET

I am at McCarren International Airport with five hours to wait until my red-eye flight heads out on the way to Philadelphia overnight. Before I turn my focus back to the Flyers and the NHL, I wanted to pass along some thoughts about the Flyers Warriors winning the championship in their first-ever...

Quick Hits: Lines for Home Opener, Simmonds, Hart, Schultz Family & More

October 8, 2019 - 4:13 PM ET

Quick Hits: October 8, 2019 1) Although Monday was a mandatory off-day for the Flyers after returning from Prague, most of the team voluntarily elected to skate, per head coach Alain Vigneault. The only players not on the ice were Scott Laughton (wisdom teeth extraction) and Matt Niskanen (minor...

Flyers Gameday: 10/9/19 vs. NJ

October 8, 2019 - 8:36 PM ET

GAME 2: FLYERS VS. DEVILS Sandwiched in between their season-opening journey to Europe and an upcoming three-game road trip to western Canada, Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0) have a brief pit stop in Philadelphia on Wednesday to take on John Hynes' New Jersey Devils (0-1-1). Game ti...

Wrap: Flyers Blank Devils, 4-0

October 9, 2019 - 11:30 PM ET

WRAP: FLYERS BLANK DEVILS, 4-0 There was much to like on Wednesday night, as the Flyers whitewashed the New Jersey Devils, 4-0 at the Wells Fargo Center to open the 2019-20 season with a 2-0-0 record. The Devils fell to 0-2-1. After a somewhat disjointed first period, the Flyers dominated the...

Quick Hits: Patrick, Road Trip, Bundy and Bill, Phantoms & NCAA

October 11, 2019 - 10:54 AM ET

Quick Hits: October 11, 2019 1) Most of the Flyers -- except for the rookies (Carsen Twarynski and Connor Bunnnaman), healthy scratch defenseman Sam Morin, goaltender Brian Elliott, PTO winger Chris Stewart, and rehabbing players Nolan Patrick and Andy Welinski -- took an off-day on Thursday prio...

Flyers Gameday: 10/12/19 @ VAN; Phantoms Down WB/S

October 11, 2019 - 11:02 PM ET

GAME 3: FLYERS @ CANUCKS Playing their first official road game of the season -- the neutral site opener in Prague was officially a home game -- Alain Vigneault's Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-0) start a three-game western Canada with a game against Travis Green's Vancouver Canucks (1-2-0). Game time...

Wrap: Flyers Drop SO to Canucks, 3-2; Phantoms Lose in OT, 4-3

October 13, 2019 - 1:48 AM ET

WRAP: CANUCKS 3 - FLYERS 2 (SO) Erasing a pair of one-goal deficits, the Philadelphia Flyers got the game to overtime before falling to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-2, via shootout at Rogers Arena on Saturday night. The Flyers' performance was inconsistent in the first and second periods but dominant...

Quick Hits: On to Calgary, Prospect Updates, Gritty 5K, and More

October 13, 2019 - 8:16 PM ET

Quick Hits: October 13, 2019 1) The Flyers will practice in Calgary on Monday in preparation for their game on Tuesday night against the Flames. It is not yet known whether Carter Hart or Brian Elliott will get the start in Calgary, but whichever one doesn't start against the Flames will likely g...