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November 14, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claude Giroux says it will be "really strange" facing former linemate Scott Hartnell when the Flyers meet Columbus on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. "When we played together, we were always joking about fighting when we played each other," the Flyers' captain said after practice Thursday in Voorhees. "Everybody loved him here in Philly, so it's going to be pretty special for him. " The Flyers will honor Hartnell with a video tribute, and Giroux expects the 32-year-old winger - sent to Columbus for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round 2015 draft pick in June - to receive a warm reception.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
BEFORE MOST of the Flyers took the ice for an hourlong practice, two players in gray non-contact jerseys spent about 20 minutes doing some light skating and stretching. One was Luke Schenn, the latest addition to a long list of injured Philadelphia defensemen. The other turned out to be center Ryan White, who underwent August surgery to repair a pectoral muscle. Andrew MacDonald, the rehabbing defenseman who was expected to skate yesterday as he works his way back from a right knee injury, did not take the ice. However, his absence doesn't signify a setback, according to coach Craig Berube, who said, "We'll see if he's there [today]
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the Flyers' Steve Mason and Jake Voracek said Friday's game against their former team, Columbus, was just another matchup on the schedule, two other players had different sentiments: Scott Hartnell and R.J. Umberger, wingers who were traded for each other last June in a salary-cap-related deal. "I'm a pretty emotional person, and to see the guys, and to be in that arena and not go in the home dressing room, and see the trainers and coaches and everyone that I love will be tough," Hartnell said on a conference call Wednesday from Columbus.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Craig Berube said it comes down to concentration. Jake Voracek said it's an upshot of better skating. Claude Giroux determined it has come from sound defensive play. Mark Streit said it's begotten in the breakout. Not even advanced statistics can put a finger on why the Flyers have fared significantly better at even strength over the last few weeks, but no one is complaining. Their improved 5-on-5 play has been the catalyst behind the current three-game winning streak.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers continued their winning ways during their homestand, but it wasn't easy in their 4-3 win Saturday over the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center. The power-play unit scored three times and looked healthy, which is more than can be said about the organization's defensemen. A 4-0 lead, with three goals coming on the power play, also looked healthy before Colorado scored three unanswered goals and put some serious late-game pressure on goalie Steve Mason. It was the Flyers' third straight win, all at home.
SPORTS
November 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Flyers' fathers joined their sons on a recent two-game trip to Florida, right winger Jake Voracek wondered if he was going to be able to take his usual pregame nap. Voracek was hoping his father, Milo, didn't also decide to get some afternoon shut-eye in their hotel room. "He keeps me up with his snoring," Voracek said. "Snores like crazy. " As it turned out, Voracek was able to get some rest. He looked refreshed that night and, like most games this season, seemed to have more energy than anyone else on the ice. In the first month of the season, opponents have had a difficult time keeping up with the explosive Voracek.
SPORTS
November 8, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers are keeping the memory of a local soldier alive. They have started awarding an Army cap for the player of the game to wear after a win. It is a way to honor the military in general and First Lt. Colby J. Umbrell in particular. The cap used to belong to Umbrell, who grew up in Doylestown, was a football player at Central Bucks East High, and was killed in Iraq by an improvised explosive device in 2007. The idea was hatched when Flyers coach Craig Berube attended the Memorial Day parade in Doylestown and told his friend Bill Goldman that he would like to start some military tradition with the team.
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
EVEN CHRIS VANDEVELDE was mildly surprised when he strolled into the Flyers' dressing room yesterday morning before practice and found his name slotted next to Claude Giroux's and Jake Voracek's on the top line. With co-leading goal-scorer Michael Raffl out for the next 6 weeks with a "lower-body" injury after blocking a shot Tuesday against Edmonton, coach Craig Berube chose VandeVelde to fill the void. It's an awfully big jump for VandeVelde, who began the season on the Phantoms' second line, and has never played full time on an NHL top line.
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers received crushing news Wednesday: Michael Raffl, the emerging top-line left winger who shares the team lead with six goals, will miss six weeks because of an apparent foot injury he suffered blocking a third-period shot Tuesday in a 4-1 win over Edmonton. "He's been a huge part of our line and our team," right winger Jake Voracek said Wednesday after practice in Voorhees. "It's tough to see him go down, especially after the start he's had . . . but like I said, hockey injuries happen.
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
STEVE MASON'S stick lay beside the right post, ignored, for the moment, as the Oilers fought for possession to keep their power play in the Flyers' end. Mason lost the stick moments before in a battle in the crease, but the killers couldn't clear, and he didn't dare retrieve it. Suddenly, the puck came loose . . . and drifted toward the middle of the Flyers' zone. Mason squared himself. Nail Yakupov fired. Mason split. His right pad fired out, and Yakupov's shot went wanting, just like his other six. The Flyers cleared.
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