January 15, 2015 |
After being a healthy scratch for the last 26 games, veteran Carlo Colaiacovo will return to the Flyers' lineup Wednesday in Washington. Colaiacovo, a puck-moving defenseman, will replace Braydon Coburn, who will be sidelined for four weeks with what is believed to be a broken left foot. Colaiacovo, who turns 32 on Jan. 27, sounded almost giddy about returning to the lineup. "I can't even describe how I feel right now," he said. "I'm just really looking forward to getting back.
December 18, 2014 |
None of the Flyers has come down with the mumps, but it's too soon to breathe a sigh of relief. So far, about 20 players on six NHL teams definitely or probably have gotten the viral illness, despite a flurry of vaccinations throughout the league. Among those afflicted is the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the league's most valuable player, who tested positive for the disease Dec. 13. The Flyers have played three affected teams - the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and New Jersey Devils - within the incubation period of 16 to 18 days.
December 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Flyers continued their free fall Saturday afternoon, suffering their eighth loss in nine games, a 5-2 defeat to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was their seventh straight road loss and their 10th consecutive regular-season defeat at the Garden. Stop the season, the Flyers want to get off. Derick Brassard finished off a three-on-two by whipping a shot over Ray Emery's right shoulder to the short side, putting the Rangers ahead, 3-2, with 16 minutes, 53 seconds left.
November 29, 2014 |
DETROIT - Another road loss, another postgame outburst. For the Flyers, the wheels are falling off, prompting speculation that if things don't improve, general manager Ron Hextall will shake things up with a trade or two. The latest loss - by 5-2 to the Red Wings on Wednesday night - was the Flyers' sixth consecutive defeat on the road, where they are 2-7-1 and have scored a total of two goals in their last three games. After the game, there was a players-only meeting. The players had a chance to "air everything out," winger Wayne Simmonds said.
November 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - While a handful of Flyers players were being interviewed after their listless, 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night, general manager Ron Hextall's X-rated screams could be heard in an adjacent room. Hextall apparently was reading the team the riot act after its third straight defeat. The Flyers were dominated, even though they should have gotten an emotional lift because Claude Giroux was able to fight through an ankle injury and play. In addition, the Rangers rested star goalie Henrik Lundqvist and didn't have their top defenseman, Ryan McDonagh, because of a separated shoulder.
November 21, 2014 |
Eric Lindros still plays hockey from time to time. That's a nice thing to think of: Eric Lindros, playing hockey again. He doesn't have to be the marauding, seething supertrain he was during his early and prime years with the Flyers, before the concussions began. He just has to be out there on a rink somewhere, maybe on a frozen pond near his Toronto home, his body thicker, his hair thinner, just skating with a hockey stick in his hands. It's a satisfying image, and Thursday was a night for such thoughts.
November 20, 2014 |
The Flyers will have plenty of motivation when they face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wednesday for the first time since they lost Game 7 in last season's opening playoff round. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, however, will have a different kind of incentive than that season-ending defeat. Del Zotto, who has been one of the Flyers' best defensemen, will be facing New York for the first time since the Rangers gave up on him and dealt him to Nashville last January.
October 9, 2014 |
BOSTON - The Flyers open their season Wednesday night by playing on the road against a Boston Bruins team that is favored to win the Eastern Conference. "It's a good measuring stick," defenseman Nick Grossmann said after practice Tuesday at TD Garden. The Bruins outscored the Flyers, 14-6, while sweeping all three games last season. "They've been one of the better teams in the league for a good five years now, and they present a good challenge for us," right winger Wayne Simmonds said.
October 2, 2014 |
Claude Giroux, playing in his first preseason game, made a solid return Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Sidelined by an undisclosed lower-body injury suffered 15 minutes into the first day of training camp, the Flyers captain made dazzling first-period passes and spent lots of time weaving around New York Rangers defenders. Giroux showed a bit of rust, but he still played 16 minutes, 53 seconds - the most among Flyers forwards - despite getting just five third-period shifts.
October 1, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Granted, the Flyers played their "B" team in a game that had no significance Monday night. Still, these dismal preseason starts - one year after the big boss, Ed Snider, said the Flyers had the worst camp in their history - have to be giving management agita . The Flyers fell into a 3-0 first-period hole Monday, were outshot by a 13-1 margin at one point, and lost to last spring's playoff rivals, the New York Rangers, 6-3, at...