Scott Hartnell lost almost 10 pounds this offseason, down from the 220 (or more) that he regularly carried around during his seven seasons with the Flyers.
Wayne Simmonds said he was good to go for Thursday's game against visiting Nashville. At 4:30 p.m., an Ed Snider statue will be unveiled outside the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers hope Wayne Simmonds can play Thursday. He has been one of the NHL's most durable players, missing just 17 games in nine-plus seasons.
"The skating for these young D-men nowadays is at an unbelievable level …" Kimmo Timonen says. "The world has changed, I think.''
The Flyers are holding their collective breath on Wayne Simmonds' unspecified injury.
A four-goal second period carried the Flyers past Florida. They have scored a total of 10 goals in their last three second periods.
With a move Dwyane Wade would like, rookie Nolan Patrick had a beautiful assist on Dale Weise's goal.
Shayne Gostisbehere, who had eight points and a plus-two rating over his first five games, has developed quick chemistry with rookie Robery Hagg, his defensive partner.
"We talked about it for awhile,'' said Bob Boughner, who elected to keep 18-year-old Owen Tippett with the Panthers rather than send him back to his OHL club.
Here are five reasons why the Flyers have avoided their usual slow start.
Their new top line, centered by Sean Couturier, has combined for 22 points in the first five games.
"It's four lines, it's six D, it's everybody that is in the lineup just going out and doing their job. You ask if it's sustainable? That's the way we have to play," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.
The Flyers' win against the Capitals brought a little more clarity into the young season, and perhaps the good omens will keep coming.
Sam Donnellon's quick takeaways from the Flyers' 8-2 rout of the Washington Capitals.