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Homestand Ends with 8 Points Out of 12; The No-Goal Trend and New D-Man

The Flyers finished their homestand 4-2, with the two losses coming at the end of each game in disappointing fashion. They finished off the Islanders on Saturday in what was a pretty tight game. Now they go on a 3 game road trip through Calgary, Edmonton, and Minnesota before coming back home for those New Jersey Devils.

A successful homestand through and through, but it would have been nice to come away with the other points. It could have easily been a 6-0 homestand and we could be sitting pretty in the standings, but instead we’re still tightened up at the 6th seed. They have to take it to two Canadian teams this week who haven’t been able to make a lot of good things happen and have been losing a lot lately. However that may make them more dangerous than they appear and they can’t afford to lose any points, even if it is out of conference.

It’d be nice to see the Flyers win these next couple games as usual, especially with the growing trend of disallowing Flyers’ goals. Gagne at Pittsburgh earlier this month, Richards against Pittsburgh last Saturday, and Timmonen on the power play yesterday against the Islanders. The Gagne and Timmonen goals were actual goals, no argument about it. Hartnell hit Roloson after the puck went in, so it should be a goal. Richards’ goal was a shaky incident and the phantom high-sticking call on Gagne never happened. Malkin elbows Gags in the head, and they come together and start jawing. No high stick. I’m not saying the whole league is out to get us, but god damn it sure as hell fuels the fire for those conspiracy theorists who are into that kind of stuff.

New D-Man
The Flyers have signed Lukas Krajicek, a 6-3, 205-pound defenseman who was released by the Lightning this past week. This is to add depth after the injuries to Syvret and Parent and the lackluster play by OKT as of late. Maybe the change of scenery can help a young guy like Krajicek play better, but I see this as more of a cheap option for now to see how it pans out as the trade deadline draws closer. If it doesn’t I fully expect some sort of trade to happen by then for our defense.

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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Thrashers Come to Town Tonight

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Ilya Kovalchuk and those 11th place (not by much) Atlanta Thrashers will be at the Wach tonight. Most of the news surrounding this team lately deals with the trade talk and where Kovalchuk might go considering he’s on the last year of his contract. The Flyers are one of the teams approached by Atlanta’s management about the trade, but it is highly unlikely due to our lack of prospects and players that we would be able/willing to give up.
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers Odds and Ends Following Sunday’s Loss

Sunday’s outcome was a tough pill to swallow. I feel that the Penguins stole that game in those last few minutes after a very unlucky bounce of the puck out of play by Timmonen. The Flyers played a great game, and I’m still bitter about some of those calls (the one disallowing that 2nd goal especially, as well as the Hartnell interference call). There’s nothing they can do about it now, except get ready for Atlanta on Thursday.

Flyers OnTheFly has reported that they will be off today after having a special teams-oriented practice yesterday. Another encouraging tidbit from the Flyers is that defenseman underwent successful surgery to remove a disc fragment in his lumbar spine. From a health standpoint, this is great news because anything to do with the spine is obviously serious business. He is slated to return anywhere after the next 6 weeks, and us Flyers fans wish him a speedy recovery. OKT has not necessarily been terrible, but he still has not has not played as well as he did before he re-injured his knee. He had some decent games back in October and November. Hopefully he gets back on track. I still like the way Bartulis has been playing, and I’d like to see his continued play with Timmonen. He could learn a lot from Kimmo.

The internet buzz this past weekend has still been on the whole Carcillo and Gaborik fight that happened last Thursday. My opinion is no different than that of other reasonable opinions; Gaborik dropped his gloves, and thus loses all “honorable protection” or however Tortorella wants to put a spin on it. Carcillo picked him off of the pile up, and did not punch him. They jawed a bit, exchanged some shoves, then when the gloves come off, Carcillo sees an oppurtunity to take their leading scorer off the ice for 5 minutes and get a few shots in. Would they be saying the same thing if Avery went after Richards or Carter? It’s not even like Carcillo is a big guy either. He is a lightweight, maybe even a small middleweight by hockey fighter standards. I feel like every Rangers-Flyers broadcast I see, Torts is blowing his cap off about something or another. Avery went after Richards in the last 7 seconds of an already decided game. Was Lavvy attacking Avery in the media? No. It’s even funnier that all the Rangers who were asked about the Gaborik incident had something bad to say about Carcillo too. Of course they’re going to side with their player, but maybe Gaborik should think before he acts last time. That’s all I’m going to say about it. The topic is almost a week old and is tired already.

I’m still really excited about Giroux centering JVR and Asham. I feel like Asham is an under-appreciated part of the Flyers team. Powe and Betts are starting to get some more recognition due to their defensive play and great fore-checking along with the Flyers record with and without them in the line-up. Asham, however, seems to have a bag of tricks he pulls out at certain times. Small as that bag is, he has impressed me the past season and a half in Flyers orange, and it’s not often that happens coming from someone who played for a rival (Devils) a season earlier. I like Asham’s strong play along the boards and how he uses his body to protect the puck, allowing JVR to use his long reach and big body to help him dig pucks and get them to the points to set up in the zone. There’s not enough things to say about Giroux and how calm and confident he is with the puck. Not many young players like that can maneuver like he can, and all eyes are on him when he gets steam going through the offensive zone. If they can continue to get scoring chances like that, not many 3rd lines on other teams will be able to fully match-up with us. And then they know what comes with our tenacious 4th line.

Until Thursday, Go Flyers.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers Keep the Ball Rolling

The Flyers are 3-0 so far in their home stand as of today, because they won a tough game against the Hurricanes. Although they didn’t play as dominant as they did the previous one against the Rangers, a win is a win, and two points are two points. They came our revving and the 4th line continues to “wow” people as Carcillo continues to show that the Upshall trade was not exactly what we thought it was. I know Scottie was a fan favorite here, but in all honesty, Carcillo is one of the players who has benefited most from the coaching change. Lav’s style is favorable to players like him and Darroll Powe. Powe is playing at a high level right now with two of our best forwards, and Carcillo continues to get better with two veterans who are helping him out. His discipline has been much better as of late and he has not taken as many stupid penalties since Laviolette has taken over. Carter and Pronger both scored to win the game, while Carter notched another one with an empy-netter with less than a second left.
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Posted by on January 23, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Fight Night in Philly; Hurricanes and Penguins Visit this Weekend

The Flyers got themselves into a wild game last night. From the drop of the puck, the two Atlantic division rivals clashed in a fast-paced, hard-hitting game. The first 10 minutes of the opening period flew by as there was only about two whistles during that span. The Flyers arguably controlled the pace of that period with 12 shots to the Rangers 6, and there was lots of great puck movement in the transition game and the defense did an absolutely outstanding job of keeping the Rangers to the outside and allowing our forwards to come in and help get the puck. Richie started things off early by dumping Brian Boyle in the opening minute of the game and then proceeded to knock down their top scorer Marian Gaborik later in the period.
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Posted by on January 22, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers Have a Big Weekend Ahead

Well I’m back to school and I know updates have been very sparse, but I hope to continue to update as frequently and as much as I can. The Flyers have a huge weekend ahead of them as they play three Conference opponents with two of them being division rivals who are higher in the standings. Here’s some thoughts on what has been going on in Flyer country recently and such:

More recently, Laviolette has changed his lines up and personally I love the idea of Giroux playing with Asham and JVR. Last year, Asham and Giroux were playing on a line great together when they paired with Powe and Briere at times. I think JVR fits in well with them as he used his quickness and his size to fight for pucks. Giroux’s behind the back pass last night? RIDICULOUS. Powe seems to have found some room with the Richie and Gagne line, and I can’t help but like that call as well. It brings an active young guy in to break up the passing lanes and leave room for Gagne to get more confidence back… which brings me to the next point of my ramble…

Mike Richards has seemed to have stopped shooting the puck. He’s always been a young leader loved for his veteran-type play at times, one of those qualities sometimes being his patience with the puck. I’m all up for being patient, but when he’s on the rush he waits too long to make a decision and he gets snuffed or his pass gets knocked down. He needs to shoot if no ones open. Good things will happen, especially when guys like Powe are crashing the net and Gags is usually coming in late to snipe a rebound or something. I just get frustrated when he brings the puck in on a scoring opportunity and doesn’t get anything off of it. He was doing much better when he shot the puck. I love that Jeff Carter shoots the puck. I thought it was awesome that his line mates kept feeding him when he was in his hunt for the hat trick last night. Anyways, I digress.

Tomorrow the night the Rangers will be in town to continue their 6-game home stand. In comes a division rival that has the Flyer four points behind them with two games in hand and they need to make up for lost time and move up in the standings. Then on Saturday and Sunday, matinee games against the Hurricanes and Penguins, in that order (Penguins game being on NBC). The Flyers have been playing much better hockey since starting to come out of their slump going into the new year, and they need to continue it.

The last time they met the Rangers, Gagne had a hat trick in leading them to a 6-0 shutout victory at Madison Square Garden. They need to do what they did early in that game by attacking early, pressing the forecheck, and making Henrik Lundqvist work for every save. They can’t let a great goalie like that take over the game, and they need to contain players like Gaborik. Emery is back at his starting job, so he will take it tomorrow but I’d see Leighton possibly getting the start against his former team on Saturday and letting Emery handle the Penguins on Sunday. Updates this weekend.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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Flyers Starting to Meet Expectations

The Flyers have finally started to put some wins together. During this stretch, Michael Leighton has been 6-0-1 when he is the starting goaltender and reportedly will be the #1 goaltender for at least another game while Emery goes to the Phantoms to get his game legs back. Leighton has exceeded even my expectations with a 2.28 GAA and has made some game-saving saves at times.

They started off by beating the Lightning, Hurricanes, and Islanders; who are not exactly the top teams the conference has to offer. However, the Flyers came into Madison Square Garden following these victories and took down a tough divisional opponent. This game was the catalyst for a Flyers turnaround and it became apparent that Laviolette’s system was starting to take form. Even the OT loss in Fenway was a solid game played by our boys. The Bruins are a top-tier team and they were playing in front of a very energized home crowd. They followed up that game with a disappointing showing against the Senators with Boucher in net before getting pulled.
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Posted by on January 9, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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