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    per Bill
    Flyers Gameday: 4/4/17 @ NJ; Morin Recalled, Prospects, Hextall to Worlds
    April 4, 2017, 11:02 AM ET [104 Comments]
    Bill Meltzer
    Philadelphia Flyers Blogger • • RSSArchiveCONTACT

    Per the Flyers, Brandon Manning is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Nick Schultz will remain in the lineup. Chris VandeVelde is also out tonight. Mike Vecchione will make his NHL debut after all, with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare shifting to left wing. Vecchione will not play on Saturday, as he will be attending the Hobey Baker Award ceremony. Steve Mason starts in goal for the Flyers.



    Playing their third final road game of the 2016-17 season, Dave Hakstol's Philadelphia Flyers (38-33-8) are in Newark to play John Hynes' New Jersey Devils (27-37-14). Game time at the Prudential Center is 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CSN Philadelphia.

    This is the fifth and final meeting between the Metropolitan Division teams, and the third and final game in Philadelphia. New Jersey won each of the first three games: 4-0 in Newark on Dec. 22, 4-1 in Philadelphia on Jan. 21 and 6-2 in New Jersey on March 16. This past Saturday, in a game overshadowed by Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth collapsing during a first period stoppage of play -- he has since been released from the hospital with a clean bill of health -- the Flyers skated off with a 3-0 win.

    Flyers Outlook

    The Flyers were mathematically eliminated from contention for the playoffs with a 4-3 road loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. Valtteri Filppula scored twice in a losing cause, while Brayden Schenn also tallied for Philadelphia. Anthony Stolarz sustained his first NHL loss, stopping 20 of 24 shots.

    Entering their final away game, the Flyers are just 14-21-4 on the road this season. Conversely, they are 24-11-4 at home.

    Radko Gudas is day-to-day with an upper body injury sustained on a high hit away from the puck by New Jersey's Dalton Prout in Saturday's often-feisty game. Gudas did not play on Sunday. Prout received a two-game suspension from the NHL.

    The Flyers have recalled 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He will make his NHL debut in place of Gudas.

    It is unlikely that recently signed forward Mike Vecchione plays in this game. Hakstol has pledged to at least get the former Union College standout into one or both of the upcoming season-ending games in Philadelphia over the weekend. Hakstol wants Vecchione to be able to first participate in a couple of practices with the team. The team's 4-in-6 slate last week into the weekend precluded any full-fledged practices for the team. After this game, the Flyers are idle on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights so there will opportunity to get Vecchione into the mix at practice.

    Matt Read will miss the rest of the season with an upper-body injury (believed to be an arm injury suffered blocking a shot). Michael Raffl (lower-body injury) also remains out for the season.

    Devils Outlook

    Mired in the Eastern Conference basement, the Devils are 15-15-8 at home this season and 12-22-6 on the road. The team had lost 10 games in a row (six straight in regulation) before beating the Flyers on March 16. Since that time, New Jersey has gone 1-6-2.

    Jacob Josefson (upper body) and Miles Wood (left shoulder) are both questionable for this game. Prout will serve the first match of his two-game suspension.

    Projected lineups (Subject to change)


    11 Travis Konecny - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
    40 Jordan Weal - 51 Valterri Filppula - 17 Wayne Simmonds
    22 Dale Weise - 14 Sean Couturier - 10 Brayden Schenn
    78 Pierre-Édouard Bellemare - 74 Mike Vecchione - 36 Colin McDonald

    9 Ivan Provorov - 47 Andrew MacDonald
    15 Michael Del Zotto - 53 Shayne Gostisbehere
    50 Samuel Morin - 55 Nick Schultz

    35 Steve Mason
    [41 Anthony Stolarz]

    Scratches: Roman Lyubimov (healthy), Brandon Manning (upper body, day to day), Matt Read (upper body), Michael Raffl (IR, lower body), Nick Cousins (day-to-day, upper body), Chris VandeVelde (healthy), Michal Neuvirth (recuperating from illness), Radko Gudas (upper body).


    14 Adam Henrique - 19 Travis Zajac - 21 - Kyle Palmieri
    9 Taylor Hall - 37 Pavel Zacha - 13 Michael Cammalleri
    64 Joseph Blandisi - 8 Beau Bennett - 23 Stefan Noesen
    44 Miles Wood - 40 Blake Coleman - 16 Jacob Josefson

    6 Andy Greene - 34 Steven Santini
    2 John Moore - 28 Damon Severson
    32 Michael Kapla - 12 Ben Lovejoy

    35 Cory Schneider / 1 Keith Kinkaid

    Scratches: Jakob Josefson (questionable, upper body), Miles Wood (questionable, shoulder), Jon Merrill (healthy), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body), Dalton Prout (NHL suspension).

  • #2
    5-1 win just to make things worse.


    • #3
      Devils are really going to want to lose to try and get to #2 in the draft ahead of the Coyotes. If they sit at #3, they lose a spot to Las Vegas, who are gifted #3 for being an expansion team.

      Interested to see how things go for Morin, at least.
      Last edited by dogzus; 04-04-2017, 03:09 PM. Reason: Correction for brain cramp.


      • #4
        In my long time campaign against the shoot out, I have always said 0-0 can be some of the most exciting. Tonight is a case against me. A few nice blips, other wise, meh.


        • #5
          That odd time of year when it is worse to lose in OT, rather than in reg.


          • #6
            Originally posted by swami24 View Post
            That odd time of year when it is worse to lose in OT, rather than in reg.
            More useless points. I believe we are currently slated to pick 14th.

            It's amazing that after one of the worst and most boring seasons in franchise history we won't even have a top 10 pick. Unbelievable


            • #7
              No matter the year, or what the teams situations are, the Philadelphia Flyers cannot beat the New Jersey Devils.
              It boggles the mind.


              • #8
                That stat line could have been pre-lockout. Devils just hang in there, frustrate, eventually convert an opportunity.