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March 16, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the season, Flyers winger R.J. Umberger has seemed slow and out of sync. The reason became clear Saturday. Umberger, 32, will undergo surgery Wednesday on his right hip and abdominal muscles, the Flyers announced. General manager Ron Hextall said that Umberger had two cam lesions in his right hip, and added that it's not unusual for players to play through that type of injury. The Flyers knew about the condition, Hextall said, when they acquired Umberger and a 2015 fourth-round draft pick from Columbus last June for Scott Hartnell.
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March 14, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Speaking to a group of reporters Wednesday, general manager Ron Hextall said he would have to evaluate the Flyers' leadership group in the offseason because of the team's "inconsistencies. " On Thursday, coach Craig Berube conceded that the Flyers have missed Kimmo Timonen's calming influence on the ice and in the locker room, but he said he was satisfied with the leadership group, which includes captain Claude Giroux and alternates Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds. "I think G and the leaders have done a good job, to be honest with you," Berube said before the Flyers faced St. Louis.
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March 14, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - If the enigmatic Flyers could figure out a way to play only NHL heavyweights, they probably would be entrenched in a playoff spot. The Flyers picked up at least a point for their eighth straight game against one of the league's heavyweights Thursday. But they came up short despite a sensational, acrobatic performance by goalie Steve Mason, who made 35 saves. The Blues won it in a shootout, 1-0, at the Scottrade Center, and Ken Hitchcock became the fourth coach in NHL history to reach the 700-win mark.
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March 13, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers' much-maligned defense has played better lately, but their offense has not responded, causing the team to fall out of the playoff race. "We're not finishing, not executing - especially me," said second-line center Sean Couturier after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "I've been having a lot of quality scoring chances lately and haven't been finishing. . . . I think all year, we've been through stretches where we're not executing, we're not finishing. It's not always about competing.
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March 13, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Ron Hextall listened to the question and swallowed hard. Will the Flyers begin to give younger players and unknown commodity prospects a shot at playing in the NHL over the next 31 days? "Our goal is still to make the playoffs," Hextall responded. "Until we're officially out, that will continue to be our goal. " In his heart of hearts, there has to be a difference between what Hextall says publicly and what he truly believes. He is a numbers guy, someone who has studied the analytics.
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March 13, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Different goalie. Same building. Same result. Almost an exact calendar year later, the Flyers and Blues skated through regulation and overtime without a goal, both times St. Louis' shootout prowess being the deciding factor. Olympic star T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored to lift the Blues to a 1-0 victory Thursday night via the skills competition, leaving Steve Mason with both a shutout and a loss. Last year, on April 1, Ray Emery was dealt the same fate at Scottrade Center.
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March 12, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time this season, Flyers winger R.J. Umberger was a healthy scratch Tuesday against Dallas. Acquired in the offseason with a fourth-round 2015 draft pick in the deal that sent Scott Hartnell to Columbus, Umberger is goalless in his last 18 games, a career worst. He had a 17-game pointless streak earlier in the season. "I can't say my game's [going] too well, and I don't have too many feet to stand on right now and disagree," Umberger said in a somber tone after the morning skate.
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March 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Nick Grossmann, who has missed the last four games with head and shoulder injuries, may return to action Tuesday when the Flyers host his former team, the Dallas Stars. "There's an outside chance," said general manager Ron Hextall, noting that Grossmann skated at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees on Monday. Before trading Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn, the Flyers were overloaded with defensemen. But their blue line is thin because of injuries to Grossmann and Michael Del Zotto, who will miss about another week.
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March 11, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the flawed Flyers, their Lost Weekend - an excruciating overtime defeat in Boston, a pitiful performance in New Jersey - was a microcosm of their inconsistent season. Their penalty kill, which was the worst in the league for most of the season's first half, deserted them in their most important shift of the year, allowing Boston to tie the game with 14.1 seconds left in regulation Saturday. Their offense, inconsistent all season, continued to lack a finishing touch and showed first-year general manager Ron Hextall he desperately needs to add a consistent top-six forward over the summer.
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March 11, 2015 | By Frank Seravalli, Daily News Staff Writer
NOW THAT the Flyers have been pronounced dead for the fifth time this season, one last, lingering question remains for Ron Hextall over the final 15 games. Where does Craig Berube fit in this mess? First, let's get Bloody Sunday out of the way. To be fair, Scotty Bowman wouldn't have been able to get the Flyers to regroup after Saturday's last-second debacle in Boston. Their collapse a day later against the Devils was human nature. Berube can't play for the players - he can only say as much as possible to try and avoid it. "I mentioned it, I talked about it," Berube said of the letdown.
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