Ivan Provorov came of age during the Flyers' 10-game winning streak.

The rookie defenseman had five points (two goals, three assists) during the run, was plus-7, and led the team with an average of 22 minutes, 2 seconds of ice time per game.

In addition, he defended opposing teams' top offensive players, such as Chicago's Patrick Kane, Nashville's Ryan Johansen, and Edmonton's Connor McDavid.

"You're really focused not to turn over the puck because guys like that can turn nothing into something and create a lot of scoring chances," Provorov, 19, said Monday before the game against visiting Nashville. "You try to take away time and space and let them play defense, not offense."

Provorov, who will spend the holidays with the family that hosted him during his two years in Wilkes-Barre, said it's "nice to see the trust from the coaches. I'm getting better and going to continue to play better."

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said Provorov's "consistency is one element that's taken a nice step forward" in recent weeks. "That's a real positive. . . . It's been a slow, steady process."

Provorov entered Monday third among NHL rookie defensemen with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists), behind only Columbus' Zach Werenski (21) and the Rangers' Brady Skjei (15).

CHOP visit

Rookie left winger Travis Konecny, who will be clad in an orange Santa suit, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jake Voracek, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Mason, Michael Raffl, and Provorov will visit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia patients Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m.


Former Flyers coach Craig Berube has been mentioned as a possible coach of the new franchise in Las Vegas. Berube is coaching the Chicago Wolves, the St. Louis Blues' AHL affiliate. . . . P.K. Subban, Nashville's star defenseman, missed Monday's game with an unspecified injury. The Predators recalled veteran Adam Pardy, 32, from Milwaukee of the AHL to replace Subban. . . . Boyd Gordon replaced Dale Weise (two goals in 29 games) and centered Nick Cousins and Taylor Leier. In each of the last nine seasons, Gordon has finished with a faceoff percentage above 55. . . . Simmonds entered the night tied for fourth in the NHL with 16 goals. He led the league with eight power-play goals.