April 1, 2015 |
ASIDE FROM battling Sidney Crosby for the Art Ross Trophy, Jake Voracek will have one more thing to play for this spring: a gold medal on home ice at the World Championships. Once the Flyers wrap up their season next Saturday, Voracek and quite a few teammates will have a few weeks to prepare for the 16-team IIHF tournament in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. The tournament runs May 1-17. "Trust me, I'd rather be in a playoff run, battling for the Cup," Voracek said. "But there's an opportunity to play for my country, especially at home.
March 24, 2015 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - Just when it seemed the Flyers' season couldn't possibly get any worse . . . They blew a two-goal lead and lost to one of the NHL's bottom-feeders, Edmonton, Saturday night at Rexall Place. Ryan-Nugent Hopkins knocked in a juicy rebound allowed by backup goalie Ray Emery - the emergency starter because Steve Mason was ill - with 2 minutes, 14 seconds left in overtime, giving the Oilers a 5-4 victory. If the NHL had a mercy rule, surely the Flyers would be declared losers and the rest of their season canceled.
March 18, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - Flyers captain Claude Giroux says shootouts are "mind games" between the shooter and the goalie. If so, perhaps Flyers shooters are overthinking the process and need to start relying on their instincts in the breakaway competition. No matter how much time they spend on it in practices, the Flyers struggle mightily when games reach the dreaded shootout. Sunday night was the latest example. The Flyers played a solid road game but dropped a 2-1 shootout in Ottawa. That made them 3-9 in shootouts this season and an NHL-worst 30-60 since the rule was adopted in 2005-06.
March 16, 2015 |
Eleven seconds into the third period, hundreds of hats were thrown onto the ice after Flyers center Brayden Schenn apparently scored the first hat trick of his career. As it turned out, Schenn will have to wait to accomplish the feat. The fans didn't seem to mind. They got to watch the Flyers continue their surprising domination of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Flyers 7, Red Wings 2. Seconds after Schenn scored his "third" goal, Lou Nolan announced that his first goal had been changed and was being credited to Wayne Simmonds.
March 13, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - Ron Hextall listened to the question and swallowed hard. Will the Flyers begin to give younger players and unknown commodity prospects a shot at playing in the NHL over the next 31 days? "Our goal is still to make the playoffs," Hextall responded. "Until we're officially out, that will continue to be our goal. " In his heart of hearts, there has to be a difference between what Hextall says publicly and what he truly believes. He is a numbers guy, someone who has studied the analytics.
March 11, 2015 |
Defenseman Nick Grossmann, who has missed the last four games with head and shoulder injuries, may return to action Tuesday when the Flyers host his former team, the Dallas Stars. "There's an outside chance," said general manager Ron Hextall, noting that Grossmann skated at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees on Monday. Before trading Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, the Flyers were overloaded with defensemen. But their blue line is thin because of injuries to Grossmann and Michael Del Zotto, who will miss about another week.
March 7, 2015 |
The Flyers might have trouble beating sub-.500 teams, but they continue to be competitive against playoff-bound squads. For the third game in a row, the Flyers earned points against a team in line for the postseason with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are four points behind the Boston Bruins for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. That brings added significance to Saturday's game in Boston. After falling to subpar teams Carolina and Toronto, the Flyers beat the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers, on Saturday, suffered an overtime loss to Calgary on Tuesday and beat the Blues, who are third in the Western Conference.
March 5, 2015 |
RON HEXTALL said he wouldn't scrap the Flyers' young talent at the trade deadline and he was true to his word. That doesn't mean, however, that all of them will be around when the prospects already in the system and those who will join them via the draft develop into NHL players. In fact, one of the determinations facing Hextall this summer is who qualifies as young and who doesn't. Who still has unrealized potential and who has done as much as they're going to do in an NHL uniform?
February 28, 2015 |
TORONTO - The Flyers dominated the game, but couldn't finish enough of their numerous scoring chances Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. That's the abridged version of the team's latest failure to beat one of the NHL's worst teams. Toronto 3, Flyers 2. The Flyers lost despite having 49 shots on goal to the Maple Leafs' 17. "We did a lot of good things. We put pucks on net," said captain Claude Giroux, who had Jake Voracek back on his line in the second half of the game.
February 27, 2015 |
TORONTO - Despite their inexplicable ineptness against teams beneath them in the standings, the Flyers have inched back into the Eastern Conference playoff race by collecting points in 12 of their last 14 games. The team's improved play has coincided with the insertion of Ryan White into the lineup. The big boss, Ed Snider, has noticed. "We've got a lot of nice new pieces. I think this White has added a lot to our team," Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, said last week.