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Flyers need more ‘eff you’ to snap 13-game skid; 6-6 winger set for NHL debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

With three days between games, the Flyers are hoping that provided a reset after their franchise-record 13th straight loss.

The Flyers (13-22-8) will take another crack at picking up their first win since Dec. 29 when they host the Kings (22-16-6) on Saturday.

Let’s get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 1 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. ET

  • Where: Wells Fargo Center

  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia

  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• The Flyers have gone 0-10-3 in their 13-game losing streak, a demoralizing stretch in which they’ve been outscored 50-26.

The club was off Wednesday when general manager Chuck Fletcher and Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott held their midseason address. The Flyers then had two days of solid and active practices.

Starting with the Kings, the Flyers play 11 of their next 13 games at home. If they’re going to make things interesting at all in the standings, now would be the time for them to desperately find a win and try to ignite a run.

“I think everyone can bring a little bit more tenacity and a little bit more eff you to our game,” Cam Atkinson said Thursday. “That doesn’t mean that we have to go out there and fight; obviously guys that fight, maybe stir the pot up a little bit. It gets you engaged. If you have your top guys doing that, it’ll drag guys into the fight. If you have the big boys doing it, it’ll drag the other guys into the fight. From top down, I think we need to bring a little bit more jam.”

• Following Friday’s post-practice stretches, interim head coach Mike Yeo gathered his team around for a message.

“Just a reminder that the game is an afternoon game tomorrow and let’s make sure that we’re ready to start that game on time,” Yeo said. “Obviously the game against Buffalo, we weren’t.”

One of the Flyers’ worst games during this spiral came last Saturday in Buffalo, New York. It was a 1 p.m. ET puck drop and the Flyers lost badly to the Sabres, 6-3.

“We haven’t played a lot of afternoon games this year,” Yeo said. “We have some older players that have a lot of experience with that. We have some players that don’t have a lot of experience with that. So you have to find a way to make sure that you are prepared.

“Whether you adjust the way that you wake up in the morning, the way that you eat, the way that you get your head into it, the way that you get your body into it, you don’t have the pregame skate, you don’t have a lot of the things that you normally would to kind of gear up for that game.

“So that’s the message: make sure you’re ready to start on time.”

• Isaac Ratcliffe, a 6-foot-6 forward, will make his NHL debut on the Flyers’ fourth line.

The 22-year-old was selected by the Flyers in the second round of the 2017 draft. Ratcliffe put up 50 goals in his final junior hockey season with the OHL’s Guelph Storm during 2018-19.

The big winger had a hellish 2020-21 season from a health standpoint. Ahead of January training camp, Ratcliffe suffered a rib injury that led to a collapsed lung and a couple of surgeries. He played in 22 of AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley’s 32 games, finishing the season with an ankle injury.

This season, Ratcliffe has recorded four goals and six assists in 31 games for the Phantoms. He’s hoping to give the Flyers life in any way he can.

“I think, for myself personally, it’s a good time for me to come in,” Ratcliffe said. “Hopefully I can come in and bring a little spark or do something out there to try to change the tides a little bit. Whether that’d be bring a big, physical game, an offensive game, just try to bring some energy in whatever way possible and create a spark. I feel like that’s going to be my role tomorrow and I’m excited to do that.

“Hopefully that can spark some energy for some of the older guys to play a little bit more offensively, too, and make sure that the puck stays down at the other end.”

Projected lineup

 

Forwards

Oskar Lindblom-Claude Giroux-Cam Atkinson

James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny

Gerry Mayhew-Morgan Frost-Max Willman

Isaac Ratcliffe-Connor Bunnaman-Zack MacEwen

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle-Cam York

Goalies

Carter Hart

Martin Jones

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