March 12, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - It is no coincidence that the Flyers' improved defensive play started at around the time they acquired Nick Grossmann from Dallas on Feb. 16. It took the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Grossmann a couple of games to get acclimated to a new system, but he has provided a much-needed physical presence and kept the front of the net clear for Flyers goalies. Grossman was plus-5 in 10 games with the Flyers, entering Sunday. In his last eight games, the Flyers had allowed a total of just 12 goals.
February 22, 2014 |
The Flyers have done an admirable job overcoming an awful start and putting themselves in the thick of the playoff race. But with just six points separating the second- and seventh-place teams in the Metropolitan Division, there is little margin for error in the final 23 regular-season games. The third-place Flyers, who had a four-game winning streak when the NHL paused for the Olympic break, resume play Thursday with a difficult test against visiting San Jose. "After the break, you have to show up every 60 minutes because if you lose one game, you can go from in the playoffs to out of the playoffs," winger Matt Read said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees.
April 2, 2013 |
Forward Max Talbot, arguably the Flyers' best penalty killer, left Sunday's game with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. The Flyers called it a "lower-body injury. " Based on comments the players made after their wild 5-4 overtime win over Washington, it's likely the veteran forward will be sidelined for a while. With a little more than a minute remaining in the second period, Talbot collided knee-on-knee with Mike Green. The players got tangled, and Green's skate appeared to hit the back of Talbot's leg. Talbot, who had scored his fifth goal earlier in the game, was carried to the locker room.
January 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Not only is the Flyers' schedule condensed early in the season, but six of their first eight games are on the road. The Flyers are 1-4 on the road after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. "Play home or away, it shouldn't change your game plan or the way you play," captain Claude Giroux said before the game. "You just have to go out there and make sure you show up. " Giroux acknowledged that didn't happen in the team's previous game, a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
February 28, 2014 |
Veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, exhausted from the Olympics and the travel, will sit out Thursday's game against visiting San Jose to give him an extra day of rest after his return from Sochi, Russia. Coach Craig Berube said Timonen will return to the lineup Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers. Timonen, who practiced with the Flyers Wednesday for the first time since returning from the Olympics, helped Finland win the bronze medal, which he displayed in the locker room.
February 8, 2014 |
Flyers center Claude Giroux was bypassed for Canada's Olympic team. Again. Tampa Bay's Marty St. Louis was named as a replacement Thursday for the injured Steven Stamkos. "Good for Marty," Giroux said after the Flyers' morning skate Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's a tough decision for them to make. It's not easy [because] there are a lot of great players," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "We all feel bad for G. " Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, wasn't as understanding.
March 29, 2013 |
The Flyers came up with the usual words to characterize a loss to the New York Rangers that further buried them in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. But Scott Hartnell may have found the most accurate and fitting one. "Demoralizing," Hartnell said Wednesday after a short but intense practice at The Skate Zone in Voorhees. It had to be. The Flyers never led Tuesday night in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Rangers. After drawing to within 3-2 in the third period, the Flyers watched New York control the rest of the game and wound up falling seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with 16 games remaining.
February 9, 2013 |
Claude Giroux needs some help. The Flyers captain went into Thursday's game among the NHL leaders by being successful on 55.4 percent of his faceoffs. Despite his success, the Flyers had won just 46.5 percent of their draws, putting them 28th in the 30-team NHL. Put another way: If you take away Giroux, the rest of the Flyers had won just 40.9 percent of their faceoffs. As a result, the Flyers are getting less zone time and frequently seem to be on the defensive side of the puck.
October 16, 2011
Flyers Notes Andreas Lilja , the least-heralded of the Flyers' highly regarded defensemen, had just finished doing a pregame interview Saturday night when teammate Max Talbot walked past him. "Great job," Talbot kidded. "I learned everything from watching you on 24/7 ," Lilja cracked, referring to the HBO series in which Talbot, a former Penguin, was one of the main "characters" leading to last January's Winter Classic. It's easy for Lilja to be upbeat.
September 5, 2013 |
If veteran left winger Simon Gagne is patient, he may return to the Flyers for the 2013-14 season. The Flyers cannot offer the unrestricted free agent a contract because they do not have cap space at the moment, but general manager Paul Holmgren said he was "kicking around" inviting Gagne to the team's camp next week on a tryout basis. "But I'm sure he's getting calls from other teams, too," Holmgren said Tuesday. "I have no gut feeling" as to what Gagne will do. Gagne's agent, Bob Sauve, was not available to comment.