Player News - Flyers

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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

Michael Raffl has scored the game-winning goal in each of the Flyers' last three games.

That's a pretty remarkable accomplishment, especially for a player that doesn't typically contribute offensively. Even after his three-game goal scoring streak, Raffl still has just five goals and seven points in 29 contests this season.
Dec 8 - 5:05 AM

Brian Elliott made 36 saves on 37 shots en route to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

Brian Elliott has now won his last three starts. His record now improves to 9-6-6 with a 2.79 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 8 - 1:06 AM

Jakub Voracek recorded three assists in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

It's the Czech forward's second three-assist effort in three games, and third overall for the season. He had a hand in three of the four Flyers goals against Vancouver. Following an embarrassing 10-game winning streak, the Flyers have rebounded to win their last three in a row. Voracek has seven goals and 37 points in 29 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 8 - 12:43 AM

Brian Elliott will get the start in Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

This will be Elliott's third start in four nights (he was also between the pipes last night). He has an 8-6-6 record with a 2.88 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season.
Dec 7 - 8:42 PM

Jakub Voracek registered an assist in the Flyers' 4-2 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.

Voracek has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four contests. He's up to seven goals and 34 points in 28 games this season. That puts him in a five-way tie for fifth place in the NHL's scoring race.
Dec 7 - 9:48 AM

Dale Weise found the back of the net in the Flyers' 4-2 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.

It was Weise's first point since Nov. 4. He has three goals and four points in 22 contests this season.
Dec 7 - 9:46 AM

Ivan Provorov posted an assist with a plus-2 rating and a game-high eight hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Edmonton.

Provorov has posted four goals and 13 points through 28 games with a plus-1 rating, but his real value is in the blocked shots (55) and hits (72) categories. In fact, he is one of just eight players in the NHL with at least 50 blocked shots and 50 hits so far this season.
Dec 7 - 12:45 AM

Wayne Simmonds posted an empty-net goal with an assist and a game-high eight shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-2 victory in Edmonton.

Simmonds has notched goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He was certainly feeling it on the offensive end, as the shot total was also a season high, too. In fact, his previous best was just five shots, so he was skating hard in Edmonton. He'll look to carry over the momentum into Thursday's game in Vancouver. Simmonds has no goals and two assists in four contests in the second end of a back-to-back set this season.
Dec 7 - 12:40 AM

Claude Giroux posted pair of assists with a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Edmonton.

Giroux opened the month with two scoreless games, tying his longest drought of the season. He has still managed two goals with nine points across the past eight games. The veteran sees regular time on the man advantage and he continues to excel with 11 goals and 30 points through 28 contests.
Dec 7 - 12:34 AM

Brian Elliott allowed two goals on 26 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 win at Edmonton.

Elliott had been stumbling along with nine straight starts without a victory. However, a trip to Alberta has been the elixir to cure his ills, as he posted a win at Calgary on Monday, too. He also has allowed just four goals on 71 shots across the first two games of the road trip. After an ugly stretch he is standing on his head again and posting victories.
Dec 7 - 12:29 AM

Jori Lehtera will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

Lehtera will watch his second straight game from the press box. He has two assists and a minus-5 rating in 17 games this season. T.J. Brennan will also serve as a healthy scratch in this one.
Source: NHL.com
Dec 6 - 9:30 PM


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