Flyers-Red Wings: Game 26 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Thanksgiving is considered the point in the schedule that many teams use as a benchmark. The teams that are in the playoff picture at Thanksgiving, usually a little past the quarter-point of the schedule, are the ones most likely to make the playoffs.

The Flyers reached that mark with a 13-7-5 record through 25 games, sitting in the second wildcard spot with a four-point lead on Montreal, tied with Carolina for the first wildcard and one point back of Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division. 

The Flyers are also closing out a busy month of November with two games remaining in a 16-game schedule. They have points in 12 of 14 games so far with a 8-2-4 record so far and their 20 points in the month is the second-most in the NHL and tops in the Eastern Conference.

It starts with the Flyers annual Black Friday game, this year against the Detroit Red Wings, who enter the game coming off a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and with just one goal in their last three games. They have also lost seven straight games and have a 3-9-2 record this month.

Game time is at 4 p.m.

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What We're Thankful For in Philly Sports in 2019

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Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection. A time when people who care about each other come together and discuss the things that they are thankful for.

In the Philadelphia area and even for those fans that don't live in the area, Philadelphia sports teams play a major part in many of our lives.

With that in mind, we polled our Sports Talk Philly experts to see what they are most thankful about in regards to the teams they cover.

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Elliott, Flyers Hold On for Win Over Blue Jackets

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Playing in Columbus has been no picnic for the Flyers. In the last 14 years, the Flyers have just one win at Nationwide Arena, an overtime win in February 2018. Until Wednesday night.

The Flyers entered the Thanksgiving holiday on a high note, securing a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets behind stellar play from Brian Elliott in the third period.

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Flyers-Blue Jackets: Game 25 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers returned to the win column on Monday night with a regulation win, holding on for a 2-1 win over Vancouver. That brought their November record to 7-2-4, a total of 18 points in the month, which is tied for second in the NHL.

The Flyers look to go into a brief break for Thanksgiving on a high note, traveling to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers-Canucks Observations: Finishing Strong

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Monday night’s game for the Flyers against the Canucks felt an awful lot like Saturday’s game against Calgary. Perhaps the only difference was that there was no late bounce that went against the Flyers that forced overtime. The head coach certainly noticed it.

“I thought this looked a lot like the last game from the second period on,” Alain Vigneault said. “We dominated totally. We got the second goal. We needed two big saves tonight at the end and we got them both, a five-on-four save and a six-on-five save, which was great to see from Carter.”

For a change, the Flyers did not need overtime or a shootout to decide a game, securing a 2-1 win over Vancouver on Monday night. Here are some observations from the win.

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Voracek's 3rd Period Tally Lifts Flyers Over Canucks

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers moved Jake Voracek to a line with Sean Couturier and Oskar Lindblom with the hopes of getting him back into the scoring column and being a more productive player. In the last two games, Voracek has not only snapped a goal-scoring drought, but picked up timely goals at that.

Voracek broke the ice in a scoreless game against Calgary on Saturday in the last half of the second period. On Monday, he scored the deciding goal with 8:33 remaining in the third period, helping the Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Canucks: Game 24 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Saturday's game was a missed opportunity for the Flyers to jump on a struggling team. While the Flyers have earned points in 10 of 12 games so far in a busy month of November, they have lost five of the last six games.

Four games remain in this grueling November schedule for the Flyers, which closes out at the end of the week. It starts on Monday night with a visit from the Vancouver Canucks.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers-Flames Observations: Missed Opportunity

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In the late stages of the third period, the hard work of a Flyers rookie earned them a gift goal and a 2-1 lead. Just when you thought the Flyers had the struggling Calgary Flames right where they wanted them, a perfect bounce on a 6-on-5 allowed them to tie the game and force another overtime.

The Flames eventually won in a shootout, a missed opportunity to grab another crucial two points in the standings as Thanksgiving approaches.

Here are some observations from the Flyers shootout loss to the Flames.

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Flyers Lose Late Lead, Fall to Flames in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Calgary Flames entered Philadelphia on Saturday on a six-game losing streak. They had not scored in three straight road games. Two bounces changed that, and put them in position to put an end to their streak.

Just over two minutes after the Flyers scored into an open net after a mistake by the Flames, Calgary tied it up with the perfect bounce off the end boards, forcing overtime and then a shootout.

The Flames were able to snap their streak, scoring the only goal of the shootout in a 3-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Flames: Game 23 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers got back on the right track on Thursday night with a big win on the road. They erased a 2-0 deficit in the first and managed to score twice in the third period in a 5-3 win over the Hurricanes, snapping a four-game winning streak for Carolina.

The Calgary Flames come in going in the opposite direction. The Flames enter Saturday's game on a six-game losing streak, including five regulation losses in a row. On the six-game losing streak, the Flames have been outscored, 23-5, and have been shut out in their last three road games, allowing 14 goals in the process.

Game time is at 1 p.m.

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