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Michael Raffl's campaign has featured a wild swing.

Raffl recorded no points in his first 21 contests, but now has five goals and eight points in his last nine games. A big reason for that swing has been the opportunities he's been getting lately. Raffl averaged a mere 10:55 minutes per game while he went through his prolonged season-opening point drought, but he's averaged over 15 minutes per contest over his last nine games. He's not a bad gamble right now, though there's no guarantee that he won't just fizzle out.
Dec 15 - 7:33 AM

Brian Elliott allowed one goal on 20 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Elliott looked terrible on Ryan O'Reilly's goal early in the first period, as he was caught behind the net when the Sabres forward buried the puck. But the Flyers goaltender was perfect the rest of the way. Elliott now has an 11-6-6 record with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .913 save percentage this season. He's won five games in a row.
Dec 14 - 9:46 PM

Travis Sanheim scored his first NHL goal in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Sanheim tied the game at one just over four minutes into the first period before teammate Valtteri Filppula scored the game-winning goal late in the second frame. The rookie blue liner finished the night with three shots on goal and one blocked shot in 14:23 of ice time. The 21-year-old now has five points in 28 games this season. He doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues this year, but he has some long-term potential in dynasty leagues.
Dec 14 - 9:38 PM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch on Thursday night.

Lehtera has just two assists in 17 games this season after being acquired from the Blues in the Brayden Schenn deal this summer, which is probably not the production the Flyers management was expecting from the center. Sitting alongside him in the press box on Thursday will be defenseman Mark Alt.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 14 - 7:21 PM

Brian Elliott is expected to play between the pipes Thursday night.

Elliott will be going for his fifth straight victory. He has a 10-6-6 record, 2.76 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 23 contests in 2017-18.
Dec 14 - 10:55 AM

Michael Raffl is on a four-game point streak.

Raffl kept that run going by registering an assist in the Flyers' 4-2 win against Toronto on Tuesday. This hot streak has been a deviation from the norm this season as he still has just five goals and eight points in 30 contests.
Dec 13 - 5:23 AM

Travis Konecny scored a goal in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

Konecny snapped his five-game point drought. The sophomore has four goals and 10 points in 30 games this season. He has offensive upside, but we can't recommend grabbing him yet if you're in a single-season standard league.
Dec 13 - 5:21 AM

Sean Couturier registered two points, including the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Couturier's game-winner in the third period was his first of the 2017-18 season. He had two all last season, so he's halfway to matching that total. Couturier, overall, has 15 goals and 30 points in 30 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 12 - 11:37 PM

Brian Elliott made 20 saves on 22 shots in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.

Elliott has now won four straight starts for the Flyers dating back to Dec. 4. The netminder is now 10-6-6 with a 2.76 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 12 - 11:31 PM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lehtera has two assists and a minus-5 rating in 17 games this season. He's been a huge disappointment since being acquired from the Blues this summer. Mark Alt will also serve as a healthy scratch in this one.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 12 - 7:05 PM

Brian Elliott is expected to get the start in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs.

Elliott has a 9-6-6 record with a 2.79 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage this season. He's been off since Thursday so he should be fresh for this one. Elliott has won three games in a row and captured the NHL's third star of the week for the period ending Dec. 10.
Dec 12 - 6:10 PM

Flyers GM Ron Hextall wants people to keep Nolan Patrick's rookie campaign in context.

Patrick, who was taken with the second overall pick in 2017, is off to a quiet start with two goals and six points in 20 contests. That pales in comparison to some of the other rookie performances we've seen in recent years, like that of Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, but it doesn't mean that Patrick has been a disappointment. There have been incredible players that started with quiet rookie campaigns, like Joe Thornton, who had three goals and seven points in 55 games. "People forget this stuff," said Hextall. "These guys are young kids. It’s why some players need time in the minors. It’s a process. It’s hard to go out 82 times against 25, 30-year-old men and play. It’s demanding as hell. People don’t realize that." That's important to keep in mind when thinking about Patrick's long-term potential, but if you're in a single season league then there's not much reason to own Patrick at this time.
Dec 12 - 6:06 AM

Michael Raffl has been thriving on the second line since his promotion from a bottom-six forward.

Raffl scored all three game winning goals on the Flyers trip to Western Canada this past week. The winger is now playing alongside Valtteri Filppula and Jakub Voracek as coach Dave Hakstol moved Voracek down and Wayne Simmonds up to the first unit to get some more scoring. It's working as the Flyers are on a three game winning streak after not finding the win column in their previous 10 games. Raffl has five goals and seven points in 29 games so he still has to show some more on the ice to be fantasy-worthy.
Dec 11 - 7:02 AM

Radko Gudas has finished serving his 10-game suspension for slashing the Jets' Mathieu Perreault on November 16th.

He will eligible to return for the Flyers' next game Tuesday against Toronto. Gudas, who is only a fantasy asset in leagues that value penalty minutes and hits, may return to the lineup a little more subdued following his suspension. That may be a good thing for the Flyers but not for his fantasy owners.
Dec 9 - 11:24 AM

T.J. Brennan has been sent to the minors.

Brennan was called up on Wednesday, but he didn't end up getting into a game with the Flyers. He has two goals and 15 points in 17 AHL games this season.
Dec 8 - 12:50 PM


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