April 18, 2013 |
The Flyers' defense is running out of healthy bodies. They recalled Brandon Manning and Matt Konan from Adirondack of the AHL on Tuesday to replace injured defensemen Kent Huskins (concussion) and Bruno Gervais (torn stomach muscle), who are both out for the season. Manning picked up an assist - his first NHL point - on Brayden Schenn's first-period goal Tuesday against the New York Rangers. "It's exciting. This is where you want to be," Manning, 22, said before the game.
April 13, 2013 |
The Flyers on Thursday signed a speedy, late-blooming right winger who was a second-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010. Petr Straka, a 6-foot, 195-pound free agent who reportedly was courted by 12 NHL teams, signed a three-year, entry-level deal to start next season. He will earn $925,000 next year, including a $92,333 signing bonus, and likely will play for the AHL's Phantoms. Playing for Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Straka had 41 goals and 41 assists in 55 regular-season games this year.
April 5, 2013 |
TORONTO - Centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier have suffered through sophomore slumps, but they played major roles Thursday as the resilient Flyers outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, at the Air Canada Centre and increased their season-best winning streak to four games. "We're both trying to step up," Schenn said after the Flyers climbed to within two points of the eighth-place Rangers in the Eastern Conference. "We're getting the opportunity, playing on the power play and playing with good players.
March 30, 2013 |
Maybe it's because opponents now have a book on them, or maybe it's because some of the second-year Flyers are pressing. Whatever the reason, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn are going through sophomore slumps. Ditto Matt Read, who has stumbled after a hot start. Entering Thursday's game against the New York Islanders, all three were in long goal-scoring droughts: Couturier at 24 consecutive games, Schenn at 12, and Read at nine. Coach Peter Laviolette was asked whether he was concerned that the streaks might start weighing on the players.
March 24, 2013 |
Other than Claude Giroux, the Flyers have not received much production from their centers this season. That will have to change or they will miss the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons. The Flyers, who are finishing a five-day break in the schedule, return to the ice Sunday night in Pittsburgh, where they emerged with a wild 6-5 victory last month. They need to get their struggling centers untracked. Danny Briere and Brayden Schenn, who have alternated between center and wing, are in goal-scoring droughts.
March 23, 2013 |
Flyers winger Jake Voracek looked outside the locker room and pointed toward the league standings that hung on the opposite wall. The playoffs are still in reach, said Voracek, who noted that the Flyers were just five points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot Thursday. That's a rather positive outlook for a Flyers team that has dropped five of its last seven games. Three of the losses came to division opponents. In the midst of a five-day break before they face the Penguins Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers displayed a new look at Thursday's two-hour practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
March 21, 2013 |
TAMPA, Fla. - The Flyers' latest loss - a 4-2 defeat to the scuffling Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday - was a microcosm of their forgettable season. They fell behind early and it proved fatal. They again came up short in a decisive third period. They continued to struggle on the road, dropping to a head-scratching 4-12 this season. The Flyers entered a quirky five-day schedule break after Monday's loss, a defeat that pushed them into 12th place in the Eastern Conference and further behind in the playoff race.
March 12, 2013 |
FOR THIS ONE night, no rah-rah, Herb Brooks, win-one-for-the-gipper speech was necessary. The standings are plastered on the wall in the Flyers' locker room - and their position was clear. A loss against the 14th-place Buffalo Sabres would have landed them in 14th place. "We all can read," Ilya Bryzgalov said. "We all can count. " You could count the ways the Flyers were different on Sunday night, from Claude Giroux's inspired first shift to Max Talbot's determined penalty-killing to Brayden Schenn's game-saving backchecking in the third period.
March 11, 2013 |
The Flyers held a lengthy team meeting after another loss Saturday, and no more discussion was required before Sunday's 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Wells Fargo Center. "We all can read, and we all can count," goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said. They certainly could count to three, which was the length of the team's losing streak entering Sunday's game. In a condensed season, the last-place Flyers needed a victory in the worst way. They had not won since last Saturday. Coach Peter Laviolette stayed with Bryzgalov in goal on the second night of back-to-back games.
March 8, 2013 |
When the Flyers and Penguins pass one another on the crowded street of an NHL season, someone usually sticks out his skate or jabs a stick into an opponent's abdomen. The teams came into the league together in 1967 and have had a healthy dislike for each other ever since. And after three playoff series since 2008, that dislike has blossomed into palpable hatred. Thursday, at the Wells Fargo Center, is the third of their four meetings this season. - How do these teams despise one another?