April 1, 2016 |
APPARENTLY, swimming upstream is only exhausting if you're not making headway. In the Flyers' case, they're moving right along. In fact, the further upstream they travel from playoff irrelevance to the playoff fringes, the stronger they get. If they make it to their goal, they can turn round and use the current to push them through the playoffs. "If a team has been in this situation for 20-plus games, like us, where we've have the water right here," said defenseman Mark Streit, his hand at his neck, "it helps.
March 31, 2016 |
The Flyers are giving free-agent Ray Emery a tryout and may sign him as their No. 3 goalie, general manager Ron Hextall said in a conference call Tuesday night. Emery, 33, played two stints with the Flyers, and he will report to their morning skate Wednesday. He struggled in 31 games with the team last season, compiling a 3.06 goals-against average and .894 save percentage. The move gives the team insurance in case Steve Mason or rookie Anthony Stolarz is injured, Hextall said. Emery would not be eligible for the postseason if the Flyers earned a playoff berth.
March 29, 2016 |
STAFF WRITER Flyers fans can exhale. Claude Giroux, the team's captain and leading scorer, was not seriously injured Saturday in a 2-1 loss in Arizona. Giroux is "fine," general manager Ron Hextall said Sunday, meaning he will play in Monday's game against Winnipeg at the Wells Fargo Center. After Saturday's loss, Giroux said he felt "pretty good" and was not having ill effects from hitting his head late in the game. The Flyers can recover from the defeat. They probably can't make the playoffs if Giroux is sidelined.
March 20, 2016 |
Rookie coach Dave Hakstol selected Michal Neuvirth to start the Flyers' latest critical game, but the goalie was unable to play Saturday against Pittsburgh because of a mysterious illness or injury. Neuvirth played brilliantly on Wednesday in a 3-2 win in Chicago; it was his first game since he missed a scheduled March 12 start because of a stomach virus. Oddly, general manager Ron Hextall, when asked if Neuvirth was sidelined Saturday because of an injury or illness, replied, "we will know [Sunday]
March 17, 2016 |
Jake Voracek had been the last Flyers player to enter the locker room after the team's practice Monday, breathing heavily but still with eyes to see what was ahead. He was exhausted from just the few minutes he'd spent skating hard, skating through pain, to test the injured left foot that had kept him out of the lineup since late February. He was quick to make it clear he wouldn't play Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, in a game that would shape the Flyers' standing in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
March 16, 2016 |
Claude Giroux saw a man make magic years ago. Maybe it was in 2007, just before Giroux played his first game for the Flyers. He couldn't remember exactly when, but 2007 is a good guess. That was when Pavel Datsyuk was 29 years old and at the apex of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, and Giroux was just 19, a long way from becoming the Flyers' captain and an NHL superstar, still green enough to marvel over another player's powers and wonder whether he himself would someday be skilled and confident enough to be called his idol's equal.
March 14, 2016 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - After a visit to the doctor Saturday, Jake Voracek was given permission to skate for the first time since he injured his left foot against Minnesota on Feb. 25. The gifted Flyers winger is expected to skate Sunday in Voorhees, general manager Ron Hextall said before the game against Florida on Saturday night. Voracek, who has missed the last seven games, was second on the team in scoring (48 points). The Flyers entered Saturday with a 5-1 record since Voracek was sidelined.
March 11, 2016 |
The Flyers are getting ready for a trip to Florida, but it will not be a vacation. Far from it. They play the Lightning on Friday in Tampa and the Panthers in Sunrise on Saturday, trying to improve their position in the Eastern Conference wild-card race. "Like Coach said today, it's a business trip for us, and we're going down there for four points," rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who grew up close to the Panthers' arena and used to attend games there, said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees.
March 9, 2016 |
This was once the place where the who's who of NHL goaltenders resided. Back when Kate Smith was the league's No. 1 anthemist even though she never actually sang the national anthem, the Flyers won consecutive Stanley Cups because Bernie Parent, with a full head of natural hair and an infinite amount of natural talent, was the best in the world at stopping pucks. Shortly after he called it quits, Pelle Lindbergh arrived from Sweden and willed the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Finals they might not otherwise have reached.
March 6, 2016
Forward Brayden Schenn, the Flyers' top offensive player recently, may miss Saturday's game against Columbus with a head injury. Schenn, who has 12 goals in the last 22 games, was injured Thursday in the 4-0 loss to visiting Edmonton. General manager Ron Hextall, through a team spokesman, said Friday that the Flyers were still gathering information on Schenn's injury and that they would have an announcement Saturday. In the third period Thursday, Oilers defenseman Adam Pardy put a bear hug on Schenn during a scrum and tackled him. Schenn's head hit the ice with Pardy atop him. Schenn returned for a few shifts and then missed the final 6 minutes, 7 seconds.