March 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Depleted by injuries, the Flyers' defense had a new look Sunday night against the Washington Capitals. Defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Andreas Lilja were in the lineup and paired together. Gustafsson was recalled from Adirondack earlier Sunday. Lilja hadn't played since Feb. 16 - and had played just three times in February. Kimmo Timonen, who had played in 248 consecutive games, and Andrej Meszaros were sidelined because of what general manager Paul Holmgren called lower-body injuries.
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.
May 19, 2011 |
Exactly a week after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, goaltender Michael Leighton was back at the Flyers' Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., to begin a lengthy rehab process. Luckily for Leighton, the damage in his hip was not as extensive as doctors originally feared. "[The] doctor said he was happy with the way things went," Leighton said yesterday. "I'll be on crutches for 4 weeks instead of 8 weeks, so that's very positive. It's a little stiff, so I want to stretch it out as much as I can. " Leighton said he started his rehab the day after his surgery.
January 27, 2013
The following was posted at the Daily News blog Frequent Flyers: Paul Holmgren does not believe the Flyers are snakebitten by injuries. He would, however, like this whole "injury per game" streak to end sometime soon. Thursday night's win over the Rangers cost them defenseman Andrej Meszaros, who went down with a left shoulder injury. He was re-evaluated by team doctors on Friday - and though the exact injury was not specified - Meszaros is expected to miss "about a month" or more.
April 26, 2013 |
BOY, THE Flyers have used a lot of defenseman this year. Or have they? Did you see the six guys they had to use against the Bruins on Tuesday night? Kurtis Foster, Andreas Lilja, Luke Schenn, Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen. Only Foster and Schenn were with the team on Opening Night. Just as remarkable is that the group played reasonably well in the 5-2 win. Heck, Lauridsen even got credit for the winning goal after his innocent dump-in was fumbled into the net with help from Boston's Zdeno Chara, who (by the way)
October 14, 2013 |
DETROIT - Scott Hartnell's upper-body injury is more serious than the Flyers initially thought, general manager Paul Holmgren said before Saturday's game in Detroit. After an MRI exam was performed, Holmgren said Hartnell will miss two to four weeks. The veteran left winger was injured in Friday's 2-1 loss to Phoenix, and Holmgren originally expected him to miss just a week. "It's in a place where it affects a lot of his movements from side to side," said Holmgren, declining to give any more specifics about the injury except to say he "turned to retrieve a pass and felt some stabbing pain.
July 25, 2012 |
The clock continues to tick for the Nashville Predators, who must decide by 11:30 p.m. Wednesday whether to match the Flyers' 14-year, $110 million offer to restricted free-agent Shea Weber. "We have no clue what's going to happen," Kevin Epp, one of Weber's agents, said Monday night. "We're all in a state of limbo. " Epp believes that the size of Nashville's ownership group - 10 people - may be slowing the process. "There's a lot of owners who have to get together to make the decision," he said.
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.
October 3, 2013
* Will the defense hold up? Including Hal Gill, the Flyers have one of the oldest defense corps in the NHL, with an average age of 30.1. Three of the eight (Gill, Mark Streit, Kimmo Timonen) are 35 or older. More important, Andrej Meszaros (27) and Nick Grossmann (28) have bodies that have held up like 40-year-olds over the last two seasons. If they can all stay on the ice, it's possible the Flyers could be in for a better season than most predict. * Can they get off to a good start?
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.