James O'Brien

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Blues climb into West wild card spot as Flyers’ scoring slump continues


The St. Louis Blues managed to grind out a 2-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, moving into the Western Conference’s wild card spot, at least for the time being.

The Flyers remain in the East’s final spot as well, which might be where the good news ends for Philly. For the second straight game, they failed to score a single goal as Carter Hutton stopped all 26 shots.

While Paul Stastny‘s 1-0 goal (and eventual game-winner) was debatable, there’s no denying a rare goal for Kenny Agostino:

It was a frustrating night for the Flyers, who were unable to capitalize on an 11-1 shots on goal advantage in the first period. They were shut out 1-0 in overtime against the Kings on Saturday and have lost three of four, being limited to a single goal in those three losses.

The Flyers also lost Travis Konecny to what looked like a painful injury, so this was just a rough night for Philadelphia.

MORE: If nothing else, the Flyers are at least in a better spot than the Boston Bruins. See how the Islanders’ OT win against the Maple Leafs mixes up the East playoff picture here.

What’s next

The Flyers are currently 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand. The fourth game in this stretch is especially important as they’ll host the rising New York Islanders on Thursday. Philly needs to shake this one off quickly, then.

St. Louis didn’t exactly dominate Philadelphia here, yet the Blues have won two of their last three games. This is the way they wanted to begin the Mike Yeo era and also the way they wanted to start the week, as this win begins what could be a daunting five-game road trip.

Flyers lose Travis Konecny for the night (if not longer)

Travis Konecny’s return to the Philadelphia Flyers’ lineup might be short-lived.

He was a healthy scratch for two games, but he got the nod on Monday – while Shayne Gostisbehere remains in street clothes – against the St. Louis Blues. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury during the second period and will not return.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall said that an update will likely come on Tuesday.

The Flyers didn’t specify much beyond that, yet it could be a lower-body injury if this was the moment he got hurt. It certainly looked painful:

Yikes. Tough night for the Flyers so far, who currently trail the Blues 2-0 about midway through the third.

It may also be a shoulder issue, by the way:

So, was Stastny’s goal for Blues vs. Flyers really a goal? (Video)


As of this writing, Paul Stastny‘s 1-0 goal for the St. Louis Blues is the only tally from Monday’s Blues – Philadelphia Flyers game. More than a few Flyers fans likely believe that it should not have counted.

After going through a review process to see if the puck left the offensive zone, officials found an onside vs. offside ruling inconclusive, allowing the goal to stand.

So, was that the right call? You can watch the goal in the video above. This GIF captures some of the challenges facing the replay crew on this one:

Hmm. Tough call. Unless you believe it was a no-brainer.

Video: Jacob Josefson gets checked into stanchion by Jake McCabe

Stanchions aren’t quite as dangerous as they were back when Max Pacioretty suffered that frightening injury, but sometimes a player is still in the wrong place at the wrong time. New Jersey Devils forward Jacob Josefson suffered such a fate on Monday.

The good news is that, at least right now, it seems like he’s OK after what looked like a painful (and for Josefson, unluckily timed) hit by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe.

You can see the check in the video above. This GIF captures the moment nicely, too:

Seriously, ouch.

WATCH LIVE: St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers


The St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers aren’t the most familiar foes, yet considering their situations in the West and East, they shouldn’t need that hard of a push to be engaged in this one.

The Flyers are currently in the East’s second wild card spot, but when you consider games in hand, they need to make the most of nights like these. The Blues are on the outside looking in as far as the West goes, yet they’re close enough that they can make a dent in the bubble with a victory.

It all shapes up to be an important game on NBCSN. You can also check it out online or via the NBC Sports App.

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