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November 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - Right winger Jake Voracek couldn't have scored his first goal of the season at a more opportune time, capping a furious late comeback Saturday night that gave the Flyers a stunning victory at PNC Arena. Just 37 seconds into overtime, Voracek redirected Michael Del Zotto's slap-pass past Cam Ward to lift the Flyers past Carolina, 3-2, and end his 19-game goalless streak. It was his first goal in 17 games this season. "It's a big weight off my shoulders," said Voracek, who finished fourth in the NHL with 81 points last season.
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November 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
THROUGH THE pauses and confusion that come hand-in-hand with the language barrier, one thing was sure after Thursday's morning skate: Evgeny Medvedev is excited to be back. And the Flyers should be welcoming the Russian defenseman, whose English is still improving, with wide-open arms. Puck-possession metrics show exactly how crucial Medvedev is to the team that entered Thursday tied with Anaheim for dead last in goals scored. The Flyers are better at getting the puck out of their own zone with possession when he is playing.
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November 13, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
IT WAS probably the hardest practice the Flyers had since training camp, and there weren't many smiles when players started filtering off the ice. Then Jake Voracek, who has yet to score this season, saw Liam Idzi and couldn't help but smile. Liam, 8, came from Madison, Wis., with his family and nurse, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Liam is in a wheelchair because he's been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a difficult-to-treat form of epilepsy.
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November 11, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The more Michal Neuvirth plays, the more the Flyers goalie says his confidence grows. And that confidence could continue to blossom as Neuvirth stakes his claim for more playing time. Neuvirth, 27, leads the NHL with three shutouts. His latest was a 28-save effort Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. He is fourth in the league in goals against average (1.81) and is tied for first in save percentage (.945). Coach Dave Hakstol said after practice Monday that Steve Mason remains the team's No. 1 goalie.
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November 8, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
CALGARY - Ron Hextall and Travis Sanheim leaned against a wall in the hallway separating the Flyers' locker room and the ice surface at Scotiabank Saddledome, where both the Calgary Flames and Calgary Hitmen, Sanheim's WHL Canadian junior team play their home games. They chatted for a bit, catching up with each other in person for the first time since September's training camp. Hextall, of course, was in town with the Flyers on their Western Canada swing. He was hoping to get a chance to see Sanheim, the organization's first pick in 2014, and his Hitmen teammate, Radel Fazleev, a sixth-round pick in the same draft, in their game Friday night in Calgary.
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November 7, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CALGARY, Alberta - Evgeny Medvedev's upper-body injury is not serious, and the Flyers defenseman is not expected to miss much more time. Medvedev was examined in Philadelphia on Wednesday and missed the game Thursday in Calgary. General manager Ron Hextall said he wasn't sure whether Medvedev would be able to join the team for the game Saturday in Winnipeg. "I'd say he's day to day, but maybe two days is more accurate," Hextall said Thursday morning. Couturier returns Second-line center Sean Couturier returned to the lineup against Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames.
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November 6, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
CALGARY - The Flyers' defensive woes have been magnified over the last few weeks. It hasn't helped they're struggling to put pucks in the net themselves, but they've given up too many shots and have been putting too much pressure on their goaltenders. They've also had trouble staying out of the penalty box, and their penalty-killing hasn't been all that great. They got a little help Thursday night, when Sean Couturier returned to the lineup after missing six games with a concussion he suffered on Oct. 21 in Boston.
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November 6, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
CALGARY, Alberta - Right winger Wayne Simmonds walked into the Flyers locker room after their latest loss Tuesday and you could almost see the smoke coming out of his ears. Simmonds was incensed at how the Flyers had turned pucks over, at how they couldn't generate any offensive continuity, at how they had allowed the Edmonton Oilers - a team with a 4-8 record and without rookie sensation Connor McDavid for the final 22 minutes or so - to control the third period and register a 4-2 victory.
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November 5, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
EDMONTON - A black practice jersey hung from Evgeny Medvedev's locker stall inside Rexall Place Tuesday morning. The Flyers got the morning off after traveling following Monday's 4-1 loss in Vancouver, but scratches Chris Conner and Sean Couturier were on the ice with Tuesday's starting goalie, Michal Neuvirth. Medvedev was scratched from Monday's lineup for the first time all season. His scratch was a bit peculiar, given that he spent the first few weeks of the season as one of the Flyers' best defensemen.
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November 5, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer jneiburg@phillynews.com
EDMONTON - All along, heading into the past offseason, the salary-cap-strapped Flyers knew they needed to add a backup goaltender to provide some depth behind Steve Mason. It was one of Ron Hextall's top priorities. And it's why it only took a few hours on July 1, the first day of free agency, for news to come out that the Flyers had signed Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $3.25 million deal. He came with experience, having played starter's minutes at various times in Washington and Buffalo.
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