Flyers 5: Takeaways from Monday’s Flyers-Kraken Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

These first few games for the Flyers in October are going to involve a lot of introductions to new faces. A few of them made their presence felt in the first win of the season on Monday night.

After spending more of the first six minutes in their own zone, a few key saves turned the momentum. Once the Flyers got going on the scoreboard, they were off and running. Three goals in the first, two more in the second, and one more to cap off the third helped propel the Flyers to a 6-1 win against the Seattle Kraken

But it was more than just the contributions from new faces and plenty of familiar ones on the scoresheet. It was another early indication that this team is already tight with each other and willing to go to battle and defend each other.

Here are five takeaways from Monday’s win.

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Flyers Roll to Victory in 1st Meeting with Kraken

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers welcomed the NHL's newest team to Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. And what a welcome it was.

The Flyers dropped three goals on the Seattle Kraken in the first period and added two more to take a 5-0 lead in the second period. The spirited game featured a pair of fights as well, as the Flyers defeated the Kraken, 6-1.

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Flyers-Kraken: Game 2 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers season got underway on Friday with a shootout loss to Vancouver. Now, the Flyers will welcome the NHL's newest franchise to Wells Fargo Center for the first time.

The Seattle Kraken and former Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol come into Philadelphia with a 1-1-1 record through three games. The Flyers will be in search of their first win of the season.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Friday’s Flyers-Canucks Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

If the first game of the season is often a first impression, this was a first impression in a multi-act play.

The Flyers’ first act couldn’t have gone any better. It was flat-out dominant at times. The second was shades of the season just past. Most of the third was a similar energy to that dismal season a year ago – just rather lifeless overall. Then came the rally, another frantic dash to the finish that came complete with a bank shot by the captain.

While the Flyers didn’t win the game, you certainly sensed the new energy with so many new faces. But you also got another sign of how chemistry may be instantaneous among teammates off the ice, but can take some time on it. It’s only one game, and there’s no reason to overreact to anything that happened until the patterns persist.

Here are five takeaways from the Flyers’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks.

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Flyers Rally, Drop Opener to Canucks in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

For their opening act, it really couldn't get much better for the Flyers. They were fast. They were winning battles. They were creating turnovers. They were really doing it all.

Then in the second period, all of the demons of last season came back into the picture. The Canucks struck for four goals in the second period and the Flyers were left shellshocked and rather lifeless. That was until the final three minutes of the third, when a power play helped them get some life and rally back. Two goals in 65 seconds somehow evened the score again.

It ended as a 5-4 loss in the shootout for the Flyers on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Canucks: Game 1 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It's a new beginning for the Philadelphia Flyers. It's a team trying to focus on putting a disappointing and frustrating season in the rearview mirror. It's a team that brings a number of new faces to the lineup. And it's all about to begin in this 2021-22 season.

The Flyers open things up on Friday night at Wells Fargo Center going against the Vancouver Canucks. After last season, it's already refreshing for the Flyers to be facing a team from the Western Conference that they haven't seen in quite some time. It also marks the first chance for this new group of players to make their mark on the team and start the season off on a positive note.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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10 Storylines for the Flyers 2021-22 Season

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It has finally arrived. The 2021-22 regular season is set to begin for the Flyers on Friday night, as they host the Vancouver Canucks. 

For one, this is a welcome sight, the first game for the Flyers against a Western Conference opponent since facing off against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 25, 2020, as the NHL returns to its usual structure of playing all teams across the league.

Before the puck drops on the Flyers 2021-22 season, their busy offseason and several new faces bring about a number of storylines. Let’s take a look at 10 storylines that are worth watching this season for the Flyers.

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Flyers Notes: Ristolainen Out for Opener, Willman to Make NHL Debut

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It’s no secret the Flyers have already been dealing with injuries. Kevin Hayes was injured just before training camp began, requiring surgery that will keep him out for at least the first 10 games of the regular season. Wade Allison was also injured in the final rookie game prior to camp, an injury that will keep him out for a while.

Now it appears that one of the team’s newcomers will also miss at least Friday’s season opener. Rasmus Ristolainen had missed four practices in a row as of Thursday, and Alain Vigneault confirmed that he is out for Friday’s game. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The team called up Nick Seeler to take his place. 

In addition, two other newcomers are unavailable to the team for the time being. Patrick Brown, claimed off waivers on Monday, is in COVID protocol and unavailable to the team. Zack MacEwen has been granted non-roster status by the NHL pending approval of his US Visa application.

With those two players also unavailable, the Flyers called up Max Willman and Jackson Cates. Willman will be in the lineup on Friday and make his NHL debut.

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Flyers Notes: MacEwen Claimed Off Waivers, Hayes Goes on LTIR

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

With under 72 hours to go until the Flyers drop the puck on the 2021-22 season, Chuck Fletcher had one more move up his sleeve. Another waiver claim made on Wednesday added another new face to the roster, just in time for Friday’s season opener.

The Flyers claimed forward Zack MacEwen from the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. To make room for MacEwen on the roster under the salary cap limit, the Flyers placed Kevin Hayes on long-term injured reserve.

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Flyers Claim C Patrick Brown Off Waivers, Set Final Roster

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Final rosters for the NHL were due by 5 p.m. on Monday and the Flyers made one last-minute change to the roster before submitting.

The Flyers claimed center Patrick Brown off waivers, putting the final piece into the puzzle for the 2021-22 opening-night roster. The Flyers final roster consists of 20 healthy players, the minimum 12 forwards, six defensemen, and two goalies.

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