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?
May 19, 2014 |
WITHOUT AS much as a phone call, Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson bolted for Russia. For Gustafsson, the writing apparently was on the wall. In addition to acquiring Andrew MacDonald last season before the trade deadline, coach Craig Berube decided to use 39-year-old Hal Gill over him for Game 5 against the Rangers, with Nick Grossmann out. Yesterday, while skating for Sweden in the World Championships in Belarus, word leaked out that Gustafsson will join Avangard Omsk in Russia's KHL next season.
October 20, 2014 |
DALLAS - Of all the statistics - including success on the power play and penalty kill, faceoff percentage, and shots on goal - there is one category that tells the true tale of an NHL team's strength. Five-on-five play. The reason is simple: Teams play most of the time at even strength, so five-on-five success is considered the ultimate gauge. In last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, for instance, two of the top five five-on-five teams were the Los Angeles Kings (No. 1, 1.29 goals scored for every one allowed)
May 6, 2014 |
Changes coming for the Flyers this summer because, well, even the Stanley Cup champions will have a different roster next season. Such is life in a salary-capped world. With a look back at the season and one eye on the future, here is a player-by-player view of the Flyers (listed in salary order): FORWARDS Claude Giroux Age: 26 Key stat: 79 points in final 67 games Yearly contract: $8.275 million through 2021-22 Grade: A Scoop: The Flyers' first Hart Trophy finalist since 1996 started slow but picked his team up and carried them to a playoff berth.
April 26, 2012
Because the NHL reseeds the remaining four teams before the second round of the playoffs, the Flyers could play virtually any of the survivors. Here is what each combination of results means for the Flyers: If the Rangers, Capitals, and Panthers win, the Flyers play the Panthers. They have not met in the playoffs since 1996, and the Panthers are the third seed only by virtue of winning their division, the weakest in the conference. If the Rangers, Capitals, and Devils win, the Flyers play the Devils.
June 23, 2014
The Flyers will open their season on Oct. 8 on the road vs. the Boston Bruins, and their home opener will be the next night against the New Jersey Devils, the NHL announced on Saturday. The league listed the home openers for each team one day before it will announce the complete schedule.
April 1, 1989 |
Of all the places the Flyers might find themselves on the crucial final weekend of the regular season, this is about the worst. The Flyers' slim hopes of finishing third in the Patrick Division will be put on the ice tonight (Channel 57, 8:05) at the Montreal Forum, where the Canadiens should not lack for motivation in the final game of their regular season. The Habs, the Adams Division champions, are neck-and-neck with the Calgary Flames in the race for the NHL's best record.
May 22, 2012 |
The Flyers signed two prospects - forwards Derek Mathers and Andrew Johnston - to entry-level deals on Monday. Mathers, 18, was the Flyers' last draft pick in 2011, 206th overall in the sixth round. He collected an astounding 348 penalty minutes over the last two seasons, including 49 fighting majors, with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-3 bruiser added two more fights in nine games with the AHL's Phantoms this spring on an amateur tryout contract once his OHL season was finished.
April 27, 2012
For the fifth-seeded Flyers, the wait is over. They learned late Thursday night they will face sixth-seeded New Jersey in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Flyers will have home-ice advantage in the series, which starts Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. During the regular season, the teams split the six games, with each winning twice on the road. Ilya Bryzgalov was 3-0 with a 0.29 goals-against decision and .987 save percentage - and two shutouts - against the Devils this season.