February 2, 2012 |
Nashville, the NHL's hottest team with 10 wins in its last 11 games, will try to continue the Flyers' home struggles on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Once upon a time, opponents feared facing the Flyers in their South Philly rink, and it wasn't uncommon for foes to mysteriously come down with what was known as the "Philadelphia flu" because they knew a physical, punishing game was ahead of them. Not anymore. The Flyers have won just half of their 22 home games (11-7-4)
April 17, 2012 |
It was one timeout that Peter Laviolette, the master of such things, actually regretted. Never mind that Laviolette's team scored just 55 seconds after he whistled them together, providing a last-minute reminder for the pending five-on-three advantage the Flyers were about to enjoy. Game 3 against Pittsburgh was tied at that point Sunday afternoon. Danny Briere scored to make it 2-1. Less than four minutes later, Briere piled on to make it 3-1. The Flyers never looked back.
September 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Flyers got closer to the 23-player limit by sending left winger Michael Raffl and defenseman Oliver Lauridsen to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms on Friday. The moves left the team with 25 players in training camp. Raffl's demotion was a bit surprising because the Austrian had impressed the Flyers' brass during the preseason. The 24-year-old forward was trying to make a gargantuan leap from a lower-level Sweden league to the NHL. In four preseason games, Raffl was scoreless but was one of the Flyers' most active forwards.
July 10, 2014 |
ALTHOUGH HIS TIME with the Flyers ended well before he could have hoped, Claude Vilgrain's impact on Philadelphia hockey was beyond anything he could have ever imagined. As the first black player ever to play a game for the Flyers, Vilgrain suited up during the 1993-94 season for only two games before the NHL experienced a lockout one season later. If not for the 1994-95 lockout, the right winger thought he would have spent a lot more time wearing an orange-and-black uniform. "I was hoping that I could play there many, many more years," Vilgrain said of his time spent in Philadelphia.
October 27, 2009
Who: Flyers (5-3-1) at Washington Capitals (6-2-2) When: 7:05 Where: MCI Center, Washington TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: WIP (610-AM)
July 14, 2014 |
The Flyers have drafted one goalie since 2005 who has appeared in a regular-season game for the team. Jeremy Duchesne, a Flyers third-round draft pick in 2005, played 17 minutes in a 6-4 loss to the Islanders on April 1, 2010, making three saves on four shots. Since then, nothing. In the last 20 years, Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, and Antero Niittymaki are the only Flyers draftees to receive significant time. Anthony Stolarz, the Flyers' 2012 second-round pick, is trying to end the team's futility at developing players at the position.
May 1, 2012 |
Good news for Flyers fans: The Orange and Black can take off a full period and still win a playoff game. Credit their irrepressible attack. Credit the fact that New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur is showing his age. Credit their legs for regaining some spring after six days off between games. "We probably were not in a game mode. Probably was in practice mode," Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said about his team's clunker of a first period, which they overcame in a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Devils on Sunday at the percolating Wells Fargo Center.
June 26, 2014 |
RON HEXTALL made his first statement as the new Flyers general manager this week and this is what the trade of Scott Hartnell said: This thing is a bigger crow's nest than a novice's fishing reel, and it's going to take me a while to get out all the knots. Oh, he talked again yesterday about R.J. Umberger adding a little speed and versatility to a lineup that keeps losing, not adding, goal-scorers. He even said he wasn't wary of picking up a 32-year-old player who had fallen even more out of favor in Columbus than Hartnell had here because "R.J.
March 24, 2013
When: Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN, 93.3 FM) Records: Flyers (13-16-1, 27 points, 12th place Eastern Conference); Penguins (24-8, 48 points, first place) At stake: The Flyers enter as losers of five of their last eight games and are five points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. The Penguins have an 11-game winning streak. . . . Eight of the Flyers' 18 remaining regular-season games are against teams between eighth and 13th place. A good record - say, 6-2 in that stretch - could make up ground quickly.
March 11, 2012 |
TORONTO - Thanks to goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's revival, most of the attention lately has revolved around the Flyers' improved defense. Rightfully so. The Flyers, despite numerous injuries to defensemen, began Saturday having allowed a total of six goals in their last five games. That's their best five-game stretch of the season. Byzgalov has his groove on. The defense, even though shorthanded, has made strides. And the offense has been the most productive in the NHL. Put it all together and - dare we say it?