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Tuesday Morning Skate: It’s Penguins week



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The Philadelphia Flyers kick off a rare three-game set against the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh. They’ll play the Penguins tonight, Thursday night, and Saturday afternoon for their next three games.

The Flyers are coming off back-to-back shutouts and three straight wins. They are playing some of their best hockey of the season heading into this series against the Penguins.

Welcome to the Morning Skate, Philly Hockey Now’s roundup of links from yesterday on this site as well other sites around the National Hockey Now network and hockey world!

Flyers Files

  • The Wells Fargo Center is one step closer to having Flyers fans back at games under Pennsylvania’s new guidelines. (Philly Hockey Now)
  • Nashville defenseman Mattias Ekholm is a name in the rumor mill for teams looking for defensive help. The Predators reportedly were scouting the Phantoms on Saturday night. Could a trade be in the works? (Philly Hockey Now)
  • There were a lot of good things to come out of this weekend’s sweep: a pair of statement shutouts, players returning from COVID playing well, and Sean Couturier showing his importance. (Philly Hockey Now)
  • Ivan Provorov skated circles around the Sabres this weekend, especially on one shift leading to a goal on Sunday (Broad Street Hockey)
  • Carter Hart and Tristan Jarry have more on the line than just bragging rights in the Flyers-Penguins rivalry (NHL)

Around The NHL

  • The Flyers have to wait for the city to change their limits, but the Penguins are immediately having fans in the stands. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • The Islanders are proving that patience works with their young stars. (NYI Hockey Now)
  • The Avalanche lacked a killer instinct yet again, this time falling to the San Jose Sharks in a blowout loss. (Boston Hockey Now)
  • The Sharks enjoyed it, however, as Erik Karlsson was dominant in the win. (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • Mark Stone had the primary assist on all five(!) Golden Knights goals in their come-from-behind win against the Wild. (Vegas Hockey Now)
  • TSN’s annual Trade Bait list was released on Monday, and it seems a bit lackluster. (TSN)
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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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