Intriguing line as Flyers give young player chance to ‘show what he can do'


On Thursday night, the Flyers (20-18-7) open a back-to-back set with the Rangers (23-17-6) in New York.

Let's get into the essentials for the game:

  • When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Live stream: and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• General manager Chuck Fletcher and head coach Alain Vigneault will continue to get a good look at Wade Allison. Vigneault has the 23-year-old winger on a line with Kevin Hayes and Joel Farabee.

"I'm just giving him an opportunity here with Hayesy, who's an experienced player, and Joel, who has been one of our better players, to show what he can do here," Vigneault said Thursday before the game. "He's put in a spot where he has a chance to succeed and hopefully that's what he does."

Allison, a native of Myrtle, Manitoba, is a power forward with a blend of skill and craftiness around the net. The 2016 second-round pick has a big shot, too, which he hasn't shown off yet through three games.

The Flyers are giving Allison a good opportunity to get a head start on trying to win a job for 2021-22. He has given them much-needed life and energy. So far, so good from Allison as his audition continues.

"Wade's awesome," Hayes said Wednesday. "He comes from a town of 30 people; he said there's 29 people now since he's left. He's an awesome kid and he works really hard. These young kids, if they come in with the right attitude and the right work ethic, they're going to get their chance. He's an energy guy that goes to the net. He's a funny kid; I don't even think he means to be funny, but the stuff he says is hilarious. So far, he's fit in and been a great addition."

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• The Rangers are in fifth place of the East Division, five points ahead of the sixth-place Flyers, who have a game in hand. The Flyers are 3-2-1 against New York, but two of the regulation defeats came by the scores of 9-0 and 8-3.

Thursday night marks the Flyers' first game at Madison Square Garden since suffering the 9-0 loss there March 17.

Projected lineup



Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek

Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Wade Allison

James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom-Nolan Patrick-Nicolas Aube-Kubel


Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim-Robert Hagg

Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers


Brian Elliott

Alex Lyon

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