Viewing guide: How to watch Flyers in Sochi

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Viewing guide: How to watch Flyers in Sochi

The Flyers don't play again until Feb. 27, but it's still possible to catch some Flyers in action over the next few weeks.

Five Flyers (Jakub Voracek, Mark Streit, Kimmo Timonen, Michael Raffl and Andrej Meszaros) are in Sochi, Russia, representing their home countries in the Olympics. And all of their games will be televised beginning today (Feb. 12).

Below, a schedule of when the five Flyers will be on the ice during the opening round of play -- and how you can watch them.

*Denotes team with Flyers player

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Who: Jakub Voracek
What: Czech Republic* vs. Sweden
When: 12 p.m.
Where: USA Network, NBC Live Stream

Who: Mark Streit
What: Latvia vs. Switzerland* 
When: 12 p.m.
Where: MSNBC, NBC Live Stream

Thursday, Feb. 13

Who: Kimmo Timonen, Michael Raffl
What: Finland* vs. Austria*
When: 3 a.m.
Where: NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet (Canada)

Who: Andrej Meszaros
What: Slovakia* vs. USA
When: 7:30 a.m.
Where: NBC Sports Network

Friday, Feb. 14

Who: Jakub Voracek
What: Czech Republic* vs. Latvia
When: 3 a.m.
Where: MSNBC, TSN (Canada)

Who: Mark Streit
What: Sweden vs. Switzerland*
When: 7:30 a.m.
Where: NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet (Canada)

Who: Michael Raffl
What: Canada vs. Austria*
When: 12 p.m.
Where: USA Network, CBC (Canada)

Who: Kimmo Timonen
What: Norway vs. Finland*
When: 12 p.m.
Where: MSNBC, Sportsnet (Canada)

Saturday, Feb. 15

Who: Andrej Meszaros
What: Slovakia* vs. Slovenia
When: 3 a.m.
Where: NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet (Canada)

Who: Mark Streit, Jakub Voracek
What: Switzerland* vs. Czech Republic*
When: 12 p.m.
Where: MSNBC, Sportsnet (Canada)

Sunday. Feb. 16

Who: Michael Raffl
What: Austria* vs. Norway
When: 3 a.m.
Where: USA Network, TSN2 (Canada)

Who: Andrej Meszaros
What: Russia vs. Slovakia*
When: 7:30 a.m.
Where: USA Network

Who: Kimmo Timonen
What: Finland* vs. Canada
When: 12 p.m.
Where: USA Network, CBC (Canada)

Quarterfinals begin Feb. 17.

Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov show glimpses, Alex Lyon stars in Flyers' split-squad loss

Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov show glimpses, Alex Lyon stars in Flyers' split-squad loss

NEWARK, N.J. — Split-squad games have their advantages and disadvantages.

The Devils presented a hefty NHL-laden lineup against a Flyers unit with one NHL forward — Scott Laughton — Monday night at the Prudential Center.

Not surprisingly, the Devils won, 2-0. Among the prospects to watch in this one were forward Travis Konecny and defenseman Ivan Provorov.

The one player who absolutely shined in this was goalie Alex Lyon, who finished with 28 saves on 29 shots.

Konecny was again at right wing but this time on Andy Miele’s line with Laughton, who’s been at left wing all camp.

“Miele can distribute the puck and makes plays and Scotty Laughton brings a more veteran presence and some power and speed on the left wing,” head coach Dave Hakstol said. “Add the ability that Travis has, it fits pretty well with those two.”

Konecny worked on the first-unit power play in the right slot. He lost a puck in the corner, regained it and fed Corban Knight for a near goal in the paint.

He had a shot, turnover and hit going into the final period and handled himself well against older veterans.

During a third-period power play, with the Flyers behind, 1-0, he got a rebound in the high slot but chose to pass the puck rather than reposition himself for a shot on goalie Anders Lindback.

Lyon impressive
Lyon, the free-agent goalie signed out of Yale, was under siege in the opening period, facing 13 shots. The Devils had a stacked veteran lineup against mostly kids from the Flyers.

He was very good, especially playing the angles from which the Devils like to attack. He also stopped Beau Bennett on a breakaway out of the penalty box with his right pad.

Lyon had a sliding pad save on Bennett in the second period, as well, off a two-on-none break.

Provorov debut
He was paired with Brandon Manning and played the left side.

The 19-year-old Russian showed some speed and worked on the first-unit power play with Konecny. Provorov did some nice stickwork to get around Devils veteran Travis Zajac on the forecheck in the first period.

One aspect that stood out as the game progressed was that Provorov’s passes on the breakout were too quick for his forwards to handle. He’s that talented that he gets the puck and it’s gone before they can catch it in stride.

Lyubimov debut 
Another forward battling for a roster spot is Russian center Roman Lyubimov, who played right wing on Anthony Salinitri’s line with Connor Bunnaman.

He’s very quick to chasing down pucks off the faceoff and very strong in battling for position or puck possession in tight spaces.

He worked the penalty kill in Russia and was on the first unit here, where he had a blocked shot.

Loose pucks 
The Flyers fell to the Islanders, 3-0, in their other game. Anthony Stolarz started in net and made 33 saves. ... With a split-squad game and the Flyers missing players because of the World Cup of Hockey, they had only three NHLers in their lineup vs. the Devils: Laughton, Manning and South Jersey’s T.J. Brennan. … Laughton had a nifty chance late in the second period and missed everything. … The Devils got a goal from Nick Lappin soon after on a second rebound. Nothing Lyon could do. … The Flyers actually outshot the Devils, 10-9, that stanza. … The Devils had an empty-net goal at the end. ... Tuesday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Islanders will be televised on TCN.

Flyers returning from World Cup enjoyed playoff-like atmosphere

Flyers returning from World Cup enjoyed playoff-like atmosphere

VOORHEES, N.J. – It’s as if the season began right where it left off for the handful of Flyers players that participated in the World Cup of Hockey. 

Five months removed from their first round series with Washington, the group that played in the international tournament says it was nearly identical to the tempo they saw in the NHL playoffs.

“Our division was really tight so right from the get-go you couldn’t afford to lose a game,” said Sean Couturier, who suited up for North America. “It definitely felt like playoffs, and it definitely didn’t feel like September.”

Couturier was joined by his World Cup teammate Shayne Gostisbehere, along with Team Czech Republic’s Jake Voracek and Michael Neuvirth, in their return to Voorhees for their first practice with the Flyers on Monday. Team Canada’s Claude Giroux and the Team Europe duo of Mark Streit and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will be competing in the finals this week.

While it may have been an early exit for the first wave of Flyers who reported back, the experience of playing in a tournament with that high of intensity has left them more confident than they’ve ever felt at this time of the year, particularly for Gostisbehere. 

The Calder Trophy runner-up underwent offseason hip surgery following his 46-point season. Having missed a season two years ago because of a torn ACL, Gostisbehere is thankful for how much the World Cup prepared him for his second year. He says he feels better now than he ever has in his career after picking up four assists in the tournament.

“You don’t play in those games in September normally so it was pretty cool to do,” Gostisbehere said. “I think the tournament was a good stepping stone for me and to branch off my injury and give yourself the confidence that you’re feeling good for the year.”

Like Couturier and Gostisbehere, Voracek said the World Cup gameplay mirrored that of the NHL postseason. 

“When I look at the season for the Flyers, it was the best thing that could have happened for me,” Voracek said. “The World Cup was high level… I’m six games in before training camp even starts.”

After what he calls a “good offseason” of training, Voracek saw this opportunity as almost a saving grace – a chance to regain form before embarking on his sixth season in Philadelphia. The winger had one goal and one assist in three games that “felt like I was playing in the playoffs.”

Had this tournament occurred in 2015, the mindset coming back may have been different. Dave Hakstol was coaching his first professional season and as evidenced by their record to start the year and the comments made throughout, things took a little longer than expected when it came to picking up the new coach’s system.

That process is behind the Flyers, and it makes missing the first weekend of camp and possibly the first week of preseason games an easier obstacle to overcome.

“It’s always better when you know the system and what Hak wants in you,” Voracek said. “It’s obviously going to get better and better.”

The best-of-three World Cup finals will begin on Tuesday with the third game (if needed) commencing on Saturday. If the teams go the full distance, the remaining three Flyers involved would likely not play their first preseason game until Oct. 6 if not Oct. 8, the final exhibition game.