Building confidence is a slow process. But that’s fine with the Flyers, winners of three straight games since the All-Star break entering their game Monday night with the Arizona Coyotes at Wells Fargo Center.
You could argue the Flyers played two of their best games of the season this month at the Center, defeating the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1, and the Seattle Kraken, 3-2.
“I think for us it’s just kind of been our starts at home,” veteran Joel Farabee said Monday. “The games we’ve lost at home, it’s because we’ve had a bad start, we’ve given up the first goal. The last two we’ve scored pretty early in the game. It gives us a lot of momentum and gets the crowd into it, too. I think we’ve had some great crowds the last few games here at the Wells Fargo Center. It’s a lot of fun when the Flyers fans are going nuts.”
Farabee has had some good shifts lately with Morgan Frost and Cam Atkinson. With 17 goals and 41 points, Farabee trails only Travis Konecny (24-22-46) on the Flyers. Atkinson has 15-13-28, and Frost 8-17-25.
“Me and Frosty and Cam, too, we’re all similar players I would say,” Farabee said. “We just try to move the puck, get open and try to create space for one another. I think when you do that, and you stay close to each other it definitely helps with the offense. We didn’t get on the scoresheet last game, but I felt our chances helped build a lot of momentum and get us going a little bit.”
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The Flyers oppose the Devils this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in the Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series opener (8 p.m., ABC, ESPN+).
The Flyers entered the week third in the Metropolitan Divisions, while the Devils were six points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Among other storylines is that of Flyers forward Sean Couturier and his father, Sylvain. Couturier’s pop once upon a time scored to lift the Wayne Gretzky-era Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers in a preseason game on a rink built over the Ceasar’s Palace parking lot in 1991. That marked the first game between two NHL teams outdoors and helped lead to Sylvain’s 33-game NHL career, with four goals and five assists.
Sean Couturier, 31, needs 10 goals to reach 200, and nine points to hit the 500 mark in his 12-year career with the Flyers.
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Flyers coach John Tortorella declined to discuss his lineup for the Coyotes Monday other than to say that Sam Ersson would be in goal.
Ersson entered Monday with a 14-9-3 record and a 2.47 goals-against average, 11th in the league. His .903 save percentage was tied for 31st.
Speaking of Tortorella, the Flyers’ glut of defensemen might soon have him reverting to an 11-forward, 7-defensemen game night roster.
“We’re not going to go away too long from 11 and 7,” Tortorella said at the morning skate. “Because I have to play the defensemen. There are eight defensemen that I really want to play.
“There’s going to be seven in there most of the time unless something happens at the deadline.”
The NHL trade deadline is Friday, March 8.
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NOTES >> Ryan Poeling entered Monday needing a shorthanded goal to match Mike Richards’ franchise record of three consecutive games with a shorthanded goal. Richards did so during the 2008-09. season … Owen Tippett still has the fastest skating time in the NHL this season according to EDGE stats, the Flyers’ forward clocking 24.21 mph. in a January game against Montreal. … Tyson Foerster (lower body) and Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) are sidelined for the Flyers. … The Flyers played host to 200 students and Philadelphia Police Athletic League officers at Wells Fargo Center. The experience included in-game interactions for PAL members and the officers who work with them. Tri-State Toyota dealers and Toyota are donating $25,000 to the PAL.
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