By Eric Jacinto
On Monday, the Flyers announced they have called-up goalie prospect, Carter Hart from the Lehigh Vally Phantoms to the main roster to be part of the goalie rotation. Carter Hart was drafted in 2016 in the second round (48th overall) and was pretty good in training camp but didn't make the final roster to start the season. Hart will likely be making his debut on tonight against the Detroit Redwings. If Hart does indeed start tonight it will be the Flyers sixth different goalie they have started before the New Year. The Flyers sent back, Alex Lyon to the Phantoms.
By Eric Jacinto
Two weeks ago, the Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as the new General Manager and he said he would give Dave Hakstol a chance and wouldn't be making a coaching change anytime soon. Well here we are exactly two weeks later and the Flyers have made coaching change by firing Dave Hakstol after three and half seasons as head coach. They have named Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach, Scott Gordon the interim head coach until most likely the end of the season at least that's what Fletcher said in the press conference that he expects Gordon to be the head coach the rest of the season. Who knows if that will stay true remember he also said that he wouldn't make a coaching change and that didn't last more than two weeks.
Scott Gordon first game as coach will be on Tuesday night at home against the Detroit Redwings after a five game road trip in which they got one point in five games. They got that one point in an overtime loss to the Calgary Flames after having a two goal lead with over a minute left in the game. Also, on the road trip they suffered their worst lost of the season losing 7-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. They ended the trip scoring only two goals losing to the Edmonton Oilers (4-1) and Vancouver Canucks (5-1).
By Eric Jacinto
On Monday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers announced they have decided to move in a different direction and fire GM Ron Hextall. Hextall, is a and always will be a Flyers legend, he played 11 of his 13 NHL years as a Flyer from 1986-1992 and 1994-1999; he was named GM of the Flyers in May of 2014 (5/7/14) when Paul Holmgren was promoted to Team President. The Flyers made the playoff twice and were eliminated in the first round both times. He hired David Hakstol as head coach back in 2015. This season the Flyers have struggled to start the season and sit in last place in the Metropolitan division with 22 points (10-11-2) and 15th place in the Eastern conference. Where do the Flyers go from here and how safe is Dave Hakstol job?
By Ryan Waterman
Nearly six months after the Flyers season came to a crushing end at the hands of the bitter rival Pittsburgh Penguins, the orange and black took the ice tonight as they began a new chapter in franchise history. For the most part, the Flyers returned the same team, but managed to use some of their financial flexibility to address a massive scoring need, by bringing back a familiar face in James Van Riemsdyk.
With a lot of buzz surrounding tonight's game, both teams took the ice hot, and full of energy. The Golden Knights, coming off of a Stanley Cup Final appearance, made some key additions in Max Pacioretty and Paul Statsny, and well, we've already touched on the Flyers. The energy in the T-Mobile Arena was palpable, although nothing compared to the biggest fight in UFC history set for Saturday between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurgmagamedov.
Vegas drew first blood, as rising star Jonathan Marchessault found twine at the 6:37 mark of the opening period. Things looked to be shifting in the Knights' direction following that goal, as they became the more physically urgent team with the crowd fully behind them. However, the turning point for Philadelphia was actually a self-inflicted wound. A tripping call that sent James Van Riemsdyk to the sin bin at 8:08 of the first period set up the Flyers penalty killing unit for what would be a game-changing kill. Just over a minute following the conclusion of JVR's offense, rookie Oskar Lindblom found the net with one of the prettiest moves you'll see. Philadelphia secured the upper-hand at the 18:43 mark on a puck that Wayne Simmonds was able to poke past Marc-Andre Fleury.
By Ryan Waterman
🎵🎵 Whoa, we're halfway there! Whoa, livin' on a prayer! Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear. Whoa, livin' on a prayer. 🎵🎵
Philadelphia, it's time to get loud! Game six is headed back your way, with the chance to force an improbable game seven. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's recap how we got to this point.
The storm hit the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Friday Night, but a period later than expected. For the first 20:00 of Friday night's battle, the Orange and Black dominated the ice, entering the locker room with a 1-0 lead behind a late rocket from the Captain, Claude Giroux. The atmosphere given off by the Flyers in tonight's first period was that of a much different team than we've seen the past two games. They were physical, they applied pressure, they were crisp, and most importantly -- they played with the mentality of "one game at a time."
Things got quite dicey in the second period, as the Pens stormed back with authority, scoring a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead. The momentum had shifted, but the Flyers didn't quit, they were just seemingly outplayed. That was, until Valtteri Filppula, of all people, netted the tying goal -- a short-handed goal, nonetheless. For the first time this series, the Flyers showed serious push-back in the face of adversity. This team felt like a much different team than game's past. They felt hungry, they appeared to want it more. It was a tale of two teams.