Help is on the way: Flyers-Stars preview, what to watch
The Flyers put Nicolas Aube-Kubel on waivers yesterday with the returns of Kevin Hayes and Ryan Ellis on the horizon. Today, according to Frank Seravalli on twitter, the Avalanche have claimed Aube-Kubel.
Aube-Kubel is a former 2nd round pick (48th overall) in the 2014 draft. It took him a while down in the AHL to finally find his groove and playing style in the pro setting. During the 2019-2020 season, Aube-Kubel finally broke through and played 36 games in the NHL, posting 7G-8A-15P.
I personally wish NAK all the best. A shame it didn’t work out here, I do think he can find a 4th line role somewhere in the NHL. He’s going to be a pretty good team over there in Colorado, so we’ll see. I’m also fully prepared for him to turn into a 20+ goal scorer, because that would be just our luck, right?
Huge Win; Flyers/Stars Preview
Last night was easily Carter Hart’s best game as a Philadelphia Flyer. 39 saves on 40 shots, he was the only reason (again) the Flyers were able to find their way back into that contest. Keeping it a 1-goal game heading into the 3rd, when it could’ve easily been 3-0, was huge. Sounds cliche, but it’s big when your goalie can put you in a position to go win a game despite not deserving to be there. Gives the players confidence that despite not having their best games the past 2, they still have a chance to go win the period and game.
The Flyers ability to answer losses have been HUGE for them this year. They have responded to every single loss with a win. The Hurricanes came into last night with a 10-1-0 record, going 4-1-0 in their previous 5 games. Thanks to Carter Hart and his 39 saves on 40 shots, the Flyers were able to hand Carolina their 2nd regulation loss of the season.
5-4 L vs VAN: Answered with a 6-1 W vs SEA
4-2 L vs FLA: Answered with a 5-3 W vs EDM
4-0 L vs CGY: Answered with a 3-0 W vs ARI
3-2 L vs PIT: Answered with a 2-1 W vs WSH
3-0 L vs TOR: Answered with a 2-1 W vs Carolina
The Stars haven’t played a game since Wednesday and the Flyers are in their 2nd of a back-to-back, so tonight will be a test. I’m sure we’ll see some tired road legs at times, especially towards the 3rd period, so goaltending is going to have to come up again. The welcoming additions of Hayes and Ellis back into the line up will hopefully give them the boost they need to leave this 2-game road trip with 4 points.
Projected lineup vs Stars
Giroux – Couturier – JVR
Farabee – Hayes – Atkinson
Brassard – Laughton – Konecny
Lindblom – Thompson – MacEwen
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Ellis
The Flyers have activated Kevin Hayes from Injured Non-Roster. Nick Seeler heads to the Phantoms, which means Ryan Ellis also makes his return to the lineup. AV did say when talking about an Ellis’ return that he wouldn’t play with Provorov to start out. Braun has been fine with Provy so far this season, so AV provably doesn’t feel the need to throw Ellis right back out logging big minutes. He’ll play with Yandle on the 3rd pair with some work on PP2 as well.
Hayes gets to play with his Farabee and Atkinson on the 2nd line, bumping Brassard down to 3LW with Laughton and Konecny. Every line is different from last night except Provorov & Sanheim’s defensive pairs.
Dallas is 1-3-1 in their last 5, dropping games to Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Nashville. Anton Khudobin gets the nod, he’s currently 2-2-1 on the year with a 3.27 GAA and a .885 SV%. He actually wasn’t even scheduled to start tonight, but with Holtby dealing with a nagging injury, Khudobin has to go with Jake Oettinger backing him up.
Mandatory Credit: Flyers twitter / Zack Hill Flyers PR