Flyers Call Up Morgan Frost, Twarynski Sent Down

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have not been shy about giving opportunities to young players. Look no further than 19-year-old Joel Farabee, who played just four games in the minors before being called up and has now played 14 games in the NHL.

Enter 20-year-old Morgan Frost, another first-round pick of the Flyers, who now gets his chance in the NHL. Frost has been called up by the Flyers and forward Carsen Twarynski has been sent down.

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Flyers Blow 3-Goal Lead in 3rd, Lose to Islanders in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Through two periods, the Flyers had the Islanders and their 13-game points streak on the ropes. Despite being outshot, 22-18, the Flyers had a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes to play.

Then, the Islanders took over and slowly but surely got back into the game. They got on the board before the 10-minute mark. They capitalized on an ill-timed bench minor for the Flyers. They struck just before they would have pulled the goalie in the final three minutes.

That kept the points streak alive, and the Islanders finished the comeback, beating the Flyers in a shootout, 4-3, on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Islanders: Game 20 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

A seven-game points streak came to an end on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators. Having already missed out on a possible two points to start the weekend, the Flyers get another tough test on Saturday night, against a team riding a 13-game points streak.

The New York Islanders have won 12 games on their 13-game points streak, including a 5-3 win over the Flyers on Oct. 27. They bring that streak into Philadelphia next.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers Points Streak Ends in Loss to Senators

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In the midst of a brutal November schedule, a game against Ottawa stood out like a sore thumb. The Flyers have been facing high-end competition, many teams believed to be contenders. Ottawa certainly doesn't fit the bill.

But the Senators entered the game with wins in three of their last four games. Despite a hot start for the Flyers, the Senators kept the margin at one, and with a pair of goals in the second period, they had the Flyers chasing the game.

The Flyers never found the equalizer in the third, falling to the Senators, 2-1, and watching their seven-game points streak come to an end on Friday night.

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Flyers-Senators: Game 19 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have played their last six games against teams in playoff position, starting with Toronto on Nov. 2 and facing off against Carolina, Montreal, Toronto again, Boston and Washington. They have a 4-0-2 record in the six games. With the addition of a shootout win on Nov. 1 against New Jersey, the Flyers have started off November with a 5-0-2 record and seven-game points streak.

The Flyers do have another test coming on Saturday night at home, but first have to hit the road on Friday and avoid a classic trap game scenario. The Ottawa Senators await the Flyers.

Ottawa is 7-10-1 through 18 games, but has been an especially competitive team in the last few games. The Senators have won four of their last six games, including their last game on Wednesday against New Jersey.

Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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Flyers-Capitals Observations: Hanging with a Contender

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Following back-to-back losses in ugly fashion to the Islanders and Penguins to close out October, there wasn’t really a game on the early November schedule that didn’t appear to be a test for the Flyers.

The Flyers win over the New Jersey Devils two weeks ago came just before the Devils started to slide into a string of three losses in their last four games. But from there, to play Toronto twice, Carolina, Montreal and Boston and survive it all with points in all five games was already an accomplishment. This week presented two more challenges. One of them is to come on Saturday when the Islanders pay a visit. The other was Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, the NHL’s best team in the early part of the season.

Here are just a few facts for you from this game. It was the first time all season the Capitals didn’t score a goal in the second period. It was also the first time since Oct. 5 that the Capitals didn’t score at least three goals.

Think about that. The Capitals have dismantled teams left and right. They entered the game on a 12-game points streak. They had scored at least four goals in six straight games before a 4-3 shootout loss on Monday to Arizona. And the Flyers somehow held them to one goal over 65 minutes of action.

The result may have been a 2-1 shootout loss for the Flyers, snapping a four-game winning streak, but it was once again a small moral victory early in the season, a game where they at least showed they can hang with a top contender in the league.

Here are some more observations from Flyers-Capitals.

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Flyers Extend Points Streak, Fall to Capitals in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers have started to make a habit out of needing extra time. For the sixth time in the last seven games, it took overtime to decide a game. For the fifth time, it required a shootout.

Facing the league's best team proved to be too much for the Flyers in the end, with the Flyers dropping a 2-1 decision in a shootout to the Washington Capitals, but not before a highly competitive and entertaining game at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

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Flyers-Capitals: Game 18 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers passed a significant test last weekend with back-to-back shootout wins over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, both on the road. This week, the schedule doesn't get any easier.

The Flyers will be back on home ice, where they enter play on Wednesday with a 6-1-1 record, but get the task of facing the NHL's best team, the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals just had a six-game winning streak snapped with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. They are currently on a 12-game points streak.

The Flyers enter with a streak of their own, having won their last four games and earned points in six straight games.

Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

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Flyers-Bruins Observations: Deja Vu?

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

When the Flyers came away from Saturday's game with a 3-2 win in a shootout against the Maple Leafs, it set the Flyers up to be in position for a successful weekend.

The Flyers entered Boston with a tough task at hand. The Bruins were 7-0-1 on home ice this season. They had the leading goal scorer in the league in David Pastrnak with 15 goals. Even getting the game to overtime would feel like a massive victory for the Flyers.

The Flyers did get the game to overtime and then another shootout. Just like on Saturday, the Flyers came away with the victory, another 3-2 result, completing a very successful weekend that has them off to a great start this season.

Observations from the Flyers win in Boston.

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Hart Leads Flyers to Shootout Win in Boston

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It's starting to become a pattern. For the fifth of six games this month, a game required overtime for the Flyers. For the fourth time, it required a shootout.

That was thanks in large part to Carter Hart, who withstood the flurry of chances that the Bruins fired his way late in the third period and in overtime after they had tied the game up earlier in the period. 

Hart took center stage in the shootout as well, making two saves and poking the puck away from David Pastrnak to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Bruins in a shootout on Sunday night at TD Garden. It marked the fourth straight win for the Flyers and sixth straight game they have earned a point in the standings.

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