January 29, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The Flyers finally admitted Wednesday that goalie Steve Mason was injured, and then he went out and practiced, making saves during the morning skate at the Verizon Center. The previous day, coach Dave Hakstol vehemently denied that Mason was injured. A "healthy" Mason did not practice Monday or Tuesday. Welcome to the Flyers' world of releasing - or not releasing - injury reports. "Well, there's different information as you go through a day, but most importantly, we have five [off]
January 10, 2016 |
The Flyers did not have much of an update on injured defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on Friday other than to say he would not play Saturday against the visiting New York Islanders. The team will update his condition Saturday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Gostisbehere is listed as having a lower body injury. He left early in the second period of a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota on Thursday. He was tripped by Mikko Koivu in the first period and his right knee appeared to collide with Koivu's knee.
January 9, 2016 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - After a West Coast trip that produced three mostly listless losses, the Flyers have regained their mojo. Thanks to defenseman Michael Del Zotto's dramatic goal, they recorded their second straight win Thursday, defeating the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, in overtime at the Excel Energy Center. Del Zotto's second goal of the game won it with 37 seconds left in overtime, enabling the Flyers to snap a five-game road losing streak. But the victory may have been costly.
January 4, 2016 |
LOS ANGELES - The Flyers went 0-for-California. Concluding a three-game West Coast trip Saturday, they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings before a sellout crowd at the Staples Center. It marked the first time since 2003-04 that the Flyers failed to win on a West Coast trip. The Flyers had been 5-0-1 in L.A. since a loss in 2003-04. "We can't expect to play 20 minutes and expect to win a hockey game," defenseman Michael Del Zotto said. The Flyers dominated the third period, outshooting the Kings by 16-8 and getting to within 2-1 on Brayden Schenn's power-play goal with 12 minutes, 10 seconds left.
December 31, 2015 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - By putting Sam Gagner on waivers Tuesday to make room for Mark Streit, the Flyers also cleared enough salary-cap space to keep impressive rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on the roster. Now that he knows he is staying, Gostisbehere said he won't rest on his laurels. He has 14 points in 19 games. "It's no need to sit back," he said after practice Tuesday at the SAP Center. ". . . You can't get complacent. It doesn't mean anything. A lot of things could still change.
December 30, 2015 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Mark Streit is expected to return to the Flyers' lineup Wednesday in San Jose, but another defenseman, Michael Del Zotto, seems iffy after he had to leave Monday practice early. Del Zotto, who sat out an inartistic 4-2 loss Sunday in Anaheim because of an undisclosed upper-body injury, is still listed as day-to-day. Injured in the Flyers' 4-3 win over St. Louis on Dec. 21, Del Zotto left the ice during his second drill Monday after taking a pass "that kind of gave me a lot of discomfort and pain.
December 29, 2015 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Defenseman Michael Del Zotto was sidelined by an undisclosed upper-body injury Sunday in Anaheim, and Brandon Manning took his place in the Flyers' lineup. The injury is not believed to be severe, and Del Zotto is listed as day-to-day. Del Zotto, who has eight points and a minus-8 rating in 34 games, had been paired with Evgeny Medvedev lately. Manning had been a healthy scratch the previous two games. He entered the night with three points and a plus-2 rating in 26 games.
December 12, 2015 |
DALLAS - For the first time this season, the same Flyers goalie started on consecutive nights. That goalie was Michal Neuvirth, who faced high-scoring Dallas on Friday after recording a 4-2 win in St. Louis the previous night. Neuvirth, the supposed backup, has been sharper than Steve Mason for most of the season, especially in the recent games. "I don't want to compare, I guess, but Neuvy has been sharp," coach Dave Hakstol said before the game Hakstol said it's important to reward a goalie when he is playing well.
December 8, 2015 |
For the first time this season, a huge crowd of reporters gathered around Radko Gudas' locker Thursday, waiting for the Flyers' rugged defenseman to leave the ice after practice. "You guys waiting for Ogie Ogilthorpe?" cracked Flyers forward Ryan White. Ogilthorpe was a goon in the iconic 1970 movie Slapshot . Gudas, 25, drew a crowd because the NHL suspended him for, well, a goon-like play, a hit to the head of Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad during Tuesday's third period. "It's a fast game," Gudas said.
December 5, 2015 |
Defenseman Nick Schultz will return to the lineup and replace the suspended Radko Gudas on Friday in New Jersey when the Flyers will try to extend their season-high, three-game winning streak. "The confidence we have in each other is a lot better," captain Claude Giroux said Thursday after practice in Voorhees. "Obviously winning a couple games helps, but it's not just winning those games but how we played, and we beat pretty good teams, too. " The Flyers, who defeated Nashville, the New York Rangers and Ottawa have moved to within three points of a playoff spot.