Flyers-Blackhawks Observations: A Good First Impression

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

You only get one chance to make a first impression and after a lackluster preseason, the Flyers 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of the 2019-20 regular season was certainly a good one.

After a fairly sloppy and wide-open first period, the Flyers started to tighten things up in the second and third periods, playing a solid all-around game.

For Travis Konecny, it was a very strong first impression. Two goals and high-energy play made him an active part of the win. 

Winning the first game of the season has meant very little for the Flyers in recent years. This marked the fourth straight season the Flyers opened with a win, and in the previous three, they either missed the playoffs or barely managed to make it after falling behind in the games that followed. That sets the stage for the Flyers real test of the season. Playing in Prague and having to play abroad to start the season was certainly a challenge, but now they face a demanding October travel schedule that will have them stopping home for just a few days and one game before hitting the road again for a Western Canada trip.

It's only the first step to having a better start than in years past, but very early on you saw the potential the Flyers have to offer. Here are some observations from the 4-3 win.

Continue reading "Flyers-Blackhawks Observations: A Good First Impression" »


Konecny Scores Twice, Flyers Defeat Blackhawks in Opener

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

For the first three days of training camp, Travis Konecny’s absence was a touchy subject. Alain Vigneault felt it was valuable time being missed.

In the Flyers season opener, there was no sign of rust from Konecny. The Flyers forward, fresh off signing his new six-year contract, scored twice in the Flyers 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks from O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

Continue reading "Konecny Scores Twice, Flyers Defeat Blackhawks in Opener" »


Flyers-Blackhawks: Game 1 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It is finally here. The Flyers open the 2019-20 regular season from Prague, Czech Republic as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks

It has been a long offseason for the Flyers and many new faces are around, none bigger than the man behind the bench in Alain Vigneault. With new players like Kevin Hayes, Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun all debuting with the Flyers and rookies Carsen Twarynski and Connor Bunnaman about make their NHL debut as well, it certainly is a new beginning for the Orange and Black.

Game time is at 2 p.m.

Continue reading "Flyers-Blackhawks: Game 1 Preview" »


10 Storylines for the 2019-20 Flyers Season

20190916-MKJ_1711

(Photo: Mike Kruce)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The start of a new season is a new beginning and for the Flyers, that is certainly very true. 

GM Chuck Fletcher is still fairly new after being hired last December and completed his first offseason by making several changes to the roster. There is a new head coach and assistants behind the bench. There are plenty of new faces on the roster. 

With the new season comes storylines that are worth watching as the year progresses. Here are 10 that you should watch for in the 2019-20 season.

Continue reading "10 Storylines for the 2019-20 Flyers Season" »


NHL Season Preview: Flyers and NHL Predictions

The beginning of a new season for both the Flyers and the NHL means it’s another chance to be wrong about the upcoming season. Surely, no one could have predicted all of the changes made mid-season by the Flyers during a year that quickly snowballed into another missed playoff appearance.

With the start of another season, our Flyers staff takes a shot at some predictions for both the Flyers and the rest of the league.

Continue reading "NHL Season Preview: Flyers and NHL Predictions" »


Sec247Pod: 2019-2020 Philadelphia Flyers Roundtable

The #2Mikes are talkin' puck as they're joined by Kevin Durso & former Rant Sports hockey guru Bob Sharpe.

  • What does the future hold for Nolan Patrick
  • What to expect from new coach Alain Vigneault
  • What to make of the new added veteran leadership
  • Training Camp surprises 
  • Is Carter Hart the Flyers Marty?!?
  • Expectations for the season

Click play below! 

Subscribe to the podcast

Apple Podcast      Anchor     Stitcher     Spotify     TuneIn     SoundCloud

Follow us on social media

Twitter     Instagram     Facebook

 

 


Flyers Hoping Vigneault Can Continue Winning Trend

20190921-MKJ_4186

(Photo: Mike Kruce)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It’s hard to argue with a resume like Alain Vigneault’s. He has been a head coach for 16 seasons. He has coached over 1,200 games. He has 648 wins.

He’s won the President’s Trophy. He’s taken the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final. The only thing he does not have is a Stanley Cup.

And that’s why he is with the Flyers. Vigneault sees it as an opportunity to satisfy his own hunger and a starving franchise and fan base. That may not happen in the short term, but the goal of the upcoming season is to have Vigneault continue a trend that has become familiar in his coaching career.

Continue reading "Flyers Hoping Vigneault Can Continue Winning Trend" »


Flyers Name Final Roster; Farabee, Myers Sent Down

20190921-MKJ_4015

(Photo: Mike Kruce)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers had until 5 p.m. to officially submit their final roster ahead of Friday's season opener. With a handful of injuries, it made the cap situation a difficult one to navigate as the deadline approached.

Many of the roster decisions were fairly easy, but there were some prospects fighting for spots that were not going to make the final cut.

In the end, the Flyers final 23-man roster includes three injured players on the non-roster injured list -- but not long-term injury list -- and 20 active players. There are a total of 11 forwards and seven defensemen on the roster. To complete the final cuts, Joel Farabee and Phil Myers were sent down to the AHL.

Continue reading "Flyers Name Final Roster; Farabee, Myers Sent Down" »


Flyers Upset by Lausanne HC in Preseason Finale

The Flyers entered Monday's preseason finale with a 1-2-3 record in the preseason, certainly not great, but not completely indicative of play to this point. Then Monday happened.

Facing a Swiss team in Lausanne HC that had lost on Friday, 7-1, to HC Davos, the Flyers were expected to be no match for this team. But Alain Vigneault noted before the game that an international exhibition like this would be their Stanley Cup, and they sure treated it that way.

The Flyers came out lethargic and slow, and Lausanne pounced on them for three first-period goals on their way to opening up a 4-0 lead that ultimately chased Carter Hart. A furious rally late was not enough as the Flyers fell to Lausanne, 4-3, in Monday's preseason finale.

Continue reading "Flyers Upset by Lausanne HC in Preseason Finale" »


Flyers-Lausanne HC: Preseason Game 7 Preview

20190921-MKJ_3153

(Photo: Mike Kruce)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There is one final tuneup for the Flyers in the preseason, and this one is a special exhibition. The Flyers will face one of Switzerland's teams in Lausanne HC to close out the 2019 preseason on Monday afternoon.

To this point, the Flyers are 1-2-3 in the preseason, certainly not great final results, but three of the six games have gone to overtime and the other two losses were sealed with late goals, one being an empty-net goal in the final minute, so for the most part, there has been competitive hockey. 

But this is the last chance for the Flyers to really iron out the wrinkles and be ready to play when the games start to count and the regular season begins on Friday. The preseason finale begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Continue reading "Flyers-Lausanne HC: Preseason Game 7 Preview" »