May 10, 2012 |
Claude Giroux's one-game suspension caused Flyers coach Peter Laviolette to tinker with his lines, a common occurrence in this Turnpike Series with the New Jersey Devils. With his team facing elimination Tuesday, Laviolette started the night with four different lines from the ones that he primarily used Sunday. The first-period lines: Matt Read centering Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr; Danny Briere centering Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek; Eric Wellwood centering James van Riemsdyk and Wayne Simmonds; and Sean Couturier centering Max Talbot and Zac Rinaldo.
January 24, 2013 |
NEWARK - Looking for a spark after an 0-2 start, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette scrambled all four lines Tuesday against New Jersey and inserted newcomer Tye McGinn on a line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. The Flyers, who scored a total of three goals in their first two games, began Tuesday with these lines: Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jake Voracek. Voracek replaced Schenn on the top line. Sean Couturier centering Ruslan Fedotenko and Matt Read. Schenn centering McGinn and Simmonds.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Maybe it's partly because of a reputation that started in the 1970s with the Broad Street Bullies. Maybe it's simply because they are too undisciplined. Whatever the reason, the Flyers are the NHL's most penalized team. But their penchant for infractions isn't as damaging as it seems because the Flyers also happen to be one of the NHL's best at drawing penalties. Entering Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers, the Flyers were averaging a league-high 17.2 penalty minutes per game.
July 1, 2014 |
DESPITE A TOTAL regime change from Paul Holmgren to Ron Hextall, the NHL draft operated about the same as it has in past years for the Flyers. That's because director of scouting Chris Pryor remained at the helm. Perhaps the only difference was the major emphasis the Flyers put internally on making their picks in rounds 2-7 count. The NHL draft, unlike some other sports, is usually such a hit-or-miss event that teams are statistically doing well if any player picked after the second round actually skates a game in the NHL. Other organizations, like Detroit, for instance, seem to hit more than they miss.
February 16, 2012 |
Oh, to be a fly on the wall and to hear what Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said to his team after a dreadful opening period Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. "It was not really pretty," Max Talbot said when asked what was said between periods. "We didn't come out like we wanted to. " But after falling into an early 2-0 hole, the Flyers scored seven unanswered goals - including two each by Talbot and Wayne Simmonds - en route to a much-needed 7-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
February 22, 2012 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov hurt his glove hand while making a save during the morning skate, but X-rays found no problems and he was able to start Tuesday night's game in Winnipeg. Bryzgalov left the ice when the puck struck his hand, which became red. Later, he was back in the net and serenaded with mocking Illllllyaaaaaa chants by Winnipeg fans. They are still upset about the negative comments Bryzgalov made about their city when it appeared that his former team, Phoenix, might move to Winnipeg.
March 9, 2012 |
A 40-year-old winger coming off an injury in his previous game is not supposed to make a quick recovery. Then again, the Flyers' Jaromir Jagr is not your typical 40-year-old. On Wednesday, general manager Paul Holmgren said he didn't expect Jagr to play Thursday because of a hip injury suffered against Detroit Tuesday. But Jagr, a future Hall of Famer, was in the lineup against visiting Florida on Thursday. Because the Flyers didn't want him to overdo it, he began the night on the fourth line with Eric Wellwood and Jody Shelley.
May 6, 2012 |
By the looks of Saturday's practice, Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will return to the lineup for Game 4 on Sunday night in Newark. By the sounds of it, Meszaros himself isn't even sure he is ready. The final call may not actually be up to Meszaros, as the Flyers could try to press him into action for the first time since he underwent lower-back surgery March 21 to remove a disk fracture. It wouldn't be the first time, especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs. "You want to help the team, but on the other hand, you don't want to overdo it," Meszaros said.
November 6, 2011
Flyers Notes With Chris Pronger sidelined by an eye injury, the Flyers defense has struggled to clear the front of the net. But there is another area that has suffered dramatically - the power play. Entering Saturday night, the Flyers were 1 for 23 (4.3 percent) on the power play in the five games Pronger had missed. Before that, they were 11 for 40 (27.5 percent). Pronger quarterbacks the power play from the point. The Flyers have also missed Danny Briere, Matt Read , and James van Riemsdyk - all of whom man the power play - for some games because of injuries.
March 4, 2012 |
Versatile left winger Eric Wellwood, who had a goal, two assists, and a plus-6 rating in five earlier games with the Flyers, was recalled from the Phantoms and rejoined the big-league club on Saturday. "He's smart, plays with speed, and is a good checker," coach Peter Laviolette said after Saturday's practice in Voorhees. "Every time he's been up here, he's done a nice job for us. " This is the fourth time Wellwood has been recalled this season. "I'll do it any day," said a smiling Wellwood, referring to the long car ride from Adirondack to rejoin the Flyers.