December 3, 2014 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Flyers cofounder Ed Snider is miffed by his team's lack of secondary scoring. "Never seen anything like it in all the years I've been in hockey," Snider said in a telephone interview from his Montecito, Calif., home on Monday afternoon. "Even when we were an expansion team" in 1967-68, "somebody chipped in here and there. " In their last nine games, the Flyers have gotten just two goals from forwards who were not on their first line. The lack of secondary scoring helps explain why they are in a 1-7-1 slump and have fallen to sixth place in the eight-team Metropolitan Division.
November 27, 2014 |
DETROIT - The Flyers need to get their road act together if they want this season to have much meaning. Maybe the expected return of Michael Raffl later this week will help. The left winger had six goals in 12 games before he injured his right foot on Nov. 4. After a 1-0 shootout loss to the upstart New York Islanders on Monday in Uniondale, N.Y., the Flyers slipped to 2-6-1 on the road, where they have been shut out three times. They have not scored the first goal in any of their nine road games.
November 24, 2014 |
Jake Voracek padded his NHL points lead. Wayne Simmonds scored just his third goal in the last 15 games. Claude Giroux had two assists and became the 18th player in Flyers history to reach 400 career points. Put it all together and the Flyers ended a four-game losing streak Saturday night, whipping speedy Columbus, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. Steve Mason, aided by the fact his team allowed just 22 shots, beat his former team and outdueled former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (33 saves)
November 22, 2014 |
One night after the Ron Hextall Gotham City Address, the Flyers responded. They hustled after loose pucks, swarmed the net, and didn't let Minnesota have many quality scoring chances in the first two periods Thursday. But it didn't matter because they had a late defensive breakdown that led to their fourth straight loss. Jason Zucker got behind Luke Schenn and banged in the winner from point-blank range with 45.4 seconds left, lifting the Wild to a 3-2 victory and ruining a feel-good atmosphere created by pregame festivities honoring Eric Lindros and John LeClair at the Wells Fargo Center.
November 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - While a handful of Flyers players were being interviewed after their listless, 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night, general manager Ron Hextall's X-rated screams could be heard in an adjacent room. Hextall apparently was reading the team the riot act after its third straight defeat. The Flyers were dominated, even though they should have gotten an emotional lift because Claude Giroux was able to fight through an ankle injury and play. In addition, the Rangers rested star goalie Henrik Lundqvist and didn't have their top defenseman, Ryan McDonagh, because of a separated shoulder.
November 20, 2014 |
The Flyers will have plenty of motivation when they face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wednesday for the first time since they lost Game 7 in last season's opening playoff round. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, however, will have a different kind of incentive than that season-ending defeat. Del Zotto, who has been one of the Flyers' best defensemen, will be facing New York for the first time since the Rangers gave up on him and dealt him to Nashville last January.
November 19, 2014 |
The Flyers got some positive news on the injury front Monday: Andrew MacDonald and Luke Schenn, defensemen who will help their sagging penalty-killing unit, were upgraded to "day to day," and there is a possibility they will play Wednesday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Both practiced Monday in Voorhees. If they don't play Wednesday, they could return Thursday against visiting Minnesota. "They need practice," coach Craig Berube said. Schenn, who injured his left shoulder when hit by Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon on Nov. 8, said "every day is getting a lot better.
November 18, 2014 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers' inability to defend power plays recently has masked the fact that prolific-scoring winger Jake Voracek has become one of the NHL's feel-good stories this season. There have been many players struggling on the penalty kill, including defenseman Braydon Coburn, who has not played well since returning from a foot injury Nov. 8. But Coburn is not alone. "It comes down to details, and every guy has to do his part - and we're not doing it now," defenseman Nick Grossmann said after the Flyers dropped a 6-3 decision Saturday in Montreal.
November 16, 2014 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers' penalty-killing unit is, well, killing them. It happened for the second straight night, this time in a 6-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the earsplitting Bell Centre on Saturday. Montreal scored on its only three power plays as it built a 3-0 lead en route to its fifth straight victory. "Simple things" are costing the Flyers on the penalty kill, winger Matt Read said after the loss. "We have opportunities to clear pucks, and we don't; we're not blocking shots, not moving the puck well, not reading [plays]
November 12, 2014 |
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.