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?
February 24, 2012 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - Any momentum the Flyers gained from their theatrical win in Winnipeg on Tuesday did not last long. The Edmonton Oilers, the second-worst NHL team based on points, defeated the floundering Flyers, 2-0, at Rexall Place on Thursday night and prevented the visitors from recording their first winning streak in six weeks. Devan Dubnyk, playing because of a groin injury to Nikolai Khabibulin, made 35 saves to register his first shutout of the season. He entered the night with just a 2.97 goals-against average but shut down a team that began Thursday leading the NHL in goals.
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.
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.
May 2, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell The Flyers' leading scorer through the regular season with 37 goals has just two tallies in seven playoff games this spring. Hartnell's tireless work in the helped produce Claude Giroux's 15-point run, but it's time for Hartnell to get back on the score sheet. DEVILS: Ilya Kovalchuk He was held without a shot in Game 1 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2011. Kovalchuk was not available to meet the media on Monday.
May 7, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Midway through the third period, with the Devils sitting on a comfortable lead that the Flyers barely threatened, the Prudential Center staff played a video montage of Rocky's most painful beatdowns. Unlike their favorite mythical character, Philadelphia's hockey team appears to be down for the count. Thanks to a late second-period goal by Dainius Zubrus, the Devils now have the Flyers on the ropes after a 4-2 win in Game 4 that was one of the most lopsided, yet deceivingly close, games of the season.