(Photo: Kate Frese)
It is officially opening day for the Flyers. The NHL season opened on Wednesday night, but the Flyers take the ice for the first time on Thursday night, marking a new beginning with the start of the 2018-19 season.
The Flyers first opponent is certainly a challenge, the team that defied the odds a year ago to be Western Conference Champions. The Vegas Golden Knights, and the fanfare of a home opener and banner ceremony, await as the first of 82 opponents for the Flyers.
Game time is set for 10 p.m.
Team Leaders (2017-18)
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Vegas Golden Knights||GP||G||A||P|
|Claude Giroux||82||34||68||102||William Karlsson||82||43||35||78|
|Jake Voracek||82||20||65||85||Jonathan Marchessault||77||27||48||75|
|Sean Couturier||82||31||45||76||Reilly Smith||67||22||38||60|
|Shayne Gostisbehere||78||13||52||65||Erik Haula||76||29||26||55|
|Travis Konecny||81||24||23||47||Colin Miller||82||10||31||41|
|Player to Watch|
|28 Claude Giroux||71 William Karlsson|
|Last 5 Games: N/A||Last 5 Games: N/A|
|37 Brian Elliott||29 Marc-Andre Fleury|
|2017-18: 23-11-7, 2.66 GAA, .909 SV%||2017-18: 29-13-4, 2.24 GAA, .927 SV%|
Brian Elliott gets the start for the Flyers in the season opener. He had a decent regular season in 2017-18, but suffered an injury down the stretch and never really recovered enough to get back to form. He gets a fresh start in 2018-19.
It was a year of resurgence for Marc-Andre Fleury in 2017-18. He had a tremendous year with great numbers all the way through, though he did miss time with injury. He was also excellent throughout the playoff run until the Stanley Cup Final, when the Golden Knights ultimately fell short. Either way, now locked into a nice new contract with Vegas, Fleury is here to stay and set to embark on another season.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Michal Neuvirth, Corban Knight, Alex Lyon
Scratches: Jordan Weal, Dale Weise, Christian Folin
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|28 Claude Giroux||14 Sean Couturier||11 Travis Konecny|
|23 Oskar Lindblom||19 Nolan Patrick||93 Jake Voracek|
|25 James van Riemsdyk||24 Mikhail Vorobyev||17 Wayne Simmonds|
|21 Scott Laughton||15 Jori Lehtera||12 Michael Raffl|
|9 Ivan Provorov||53 Shayne Gostisbehere|
|6 Travis Sanheim||3 Radko Gudas|
|8 Robert Hagg||47 Andrew MacDonald|
|37 Brian Elliott|
Not too many surprises in the Flyers lineup to start the season. Jori Lehtera starts at center on the fourth line, presumably to keep Scott Laughton on the wing. This pushes Jordan Weal out of the lineup. Dale Weise and Christian Folin are the other healthy scratches.
Golden Knights Projected Lineup
Injuries: Cody Eakin, Alex Tuch
Scratches: Jake Bischoff, Brad Hunt
|Left Wing||Center||Right Wing|
|81 Jonathan Marchessault||71 William Karlsson||19 Reilly Smith|
|67 Max Pacioretty||26 Paul Stastny||56 Erik Haula|
|92 Tomas Nosek||24 Oskar Lindberg||40 Ryan Carpenter|
|28 Will Carrier||41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare||75 Ryan Reaves|
|3 Brayden McNabb||6 Colin Wilson|
|27 Shea Theodore||5 Deryk Engelland|
|15 Jon Merrill||22 Nick Holden|
|29 Marc-Andre Fleury|
- Power Play: Flyers (2017-18: T-15th, 4th on road), Golden Knights (2017-18: 11th, 10th at home)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (2017-18: 29th, 24th on road), Golden Knights (2017-18: T-10th, T-7th at home)
- Recent History vs. Golden Knights
- Feb. 11, 2018 - Flyers 4, Golden Knights 1 (at VGK)
- March 12, 2018 - Golden Knights 3, Flyers 2 (at PHI)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Golden Knights
- Claude Giroux - 2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P
- Sean Couturier - 2 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P
- Travis Konecny - 2 GP, 0 G, 3 A, 3 P
- Milestone Watch
- Claude Giroux needs 1 assist to pass Bill Barber for 3rd on the Flyers all-time list.
- Jake Voracek needs 2 assists to reach 400 in the NHL.
- James van Riemsdyk need 1 point to reach 100 as a Flyer.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBCSN
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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