Robert Hagg was elevated to the Flyers' top defensive pairing because of an injury to Andrew MacDonald. It was surprising that the Flyers broke up the Hagg-Shayne Gostisbehere duo.
The Flyers' D will have a vastly different look Tuesday vs. visiting Anaheim.
Andrew MacDonald apparently injured his knee blocking a shot in Saturday's 2-1 win over Edmonton. He has been on the team's top defensive pairing, alongside Ivan Provorov.
The team's speed has allowed forwards to jar loose pucks, for defensemen to pinch more often, and yes, for opponents to get in their licks as they try to slow them down.
The Flyers raised their record to 5-3, primarily because they were able to shut down a scoring machine named Connor McDavid, who had a total of six points in two games against Philadelphia last season.
Simmonds, who did not practice Friday, scored the game winner at 17:45 of the third period after a magnificent cross goal swoop and feed from Valterri Filppula.
The Flyers edged Edmonton, 2-1, on Wayne Simmonds' late goal, his fourth game-winning tally out of their five victories.
The Flyers are 2-1 on their five-game homestand, which continues Saturday afternoon against the Oilers.
The Flyers couldn't contain Edmonton's Connor McDavid last season as he totaled six points in two games against them. ,
Goalie Michal Neuvirth was excellent (again) but got no offensive support as the Flyers slipped to 4-3.
Peter Laviolette championed an aggressive attack mentality, but the modern NHL has forced him to tinker.
Wayne Simmonds looked hobbled, two strong performances from rookie defensemen, and more.
In a game that had a much different pace than their previous meeting, the Flyers lost to Nashville for the second time in nine nights.
About 18 months after he died of bladder cancer, a statue of Flyers co-founder Ed Snider was unveiled outside the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.