February 18, 2013 |
MONTREAL - Before we discuss one of the Flyers' hot-button topics in the season's first month - center Claude Giroux's slow start - let's switch to baseball for a moment. During Chase Utley's heyday, one of the things that made him such a great hitter was the fact that Ryan Howard batted behind him, giving the second baseman better pitches to hit. Take Howard out of the lineup and Utley doesn't have much protection. In a sense, Giroux's early-season slump is because his "Howard" has been removed.
January 29, 2012 |
OTTAWA - One is the son of a military man and someone who lived all over North America during his formative years. The other is the son of a former NHL player and someone who was a certified rink rat - always trailing after his dad - as a youngster. But the different career paths of speedy winger Matt Read - he's the son of the military lifer - and unflappable center Sean Couturier intersected with the Flyers this season and took them to Ottawa this weekend, where they were recognized as two of the NHL's elite rookies.
January 17, 2012 |
Though Sergei Bobrovsky has played like the Flyers' top goalie, coach Peter Laviolette made it clear that Ilya Bryzgalov is still his No. 1. "I don't use numbers - you know that," Laviolette said when asked who his No. 1 was after Monday's practice in Voorhees. "Now Bryz has gotten a majority of the starts. I don't know if that answers your question or not. . . . Bryz was brought here to be a horse, and he's received a majority of the games. I don't see that changing. " That means Bryzgalov figures to start Tuesday against visiting Minnesota.
January 13, 2012 |
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - As expected, center Claude Giroux and defenseman Kimmo Timonen were selected for the NHL All-Star Game, but the omission of winger Scott Hartnell was a surprise, especially to his teammates and coach Peter Laviolette. In addition to Giroux and Timonen, Flyers forwards Matt Read and Sean Couturier were among 12 rookies chosen to compete in the weekend skills competition. The All-Star Game will be held Jan. 29 at Ottawa. Last week, fan voting determined the first six players for the game.
March 23, 2013 |
Flyers winger Jake Voracek looked outside the locker room and pointed toward the league standings that hung on the opposite wall. The playoffs are still in reach, said Voracek, who noted that the Flyers were just five points out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot Thursday. That's a rather positive outlook for a Flyers team that has dropped five of its last seven games. Three of the losses came to division opponents. In the midst of a five-day break before they face the Penguins Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers displayed a new look at Thursday's two-hour practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.
September 13, 2013
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH AT FLYERS' CAMP Training camp means hope, and lots of intrigue. With that, here are five things to watch as the Flyers open their 46th training camp at Wells Fargo Center today: 1. THIRD LINE LEFT WING: If free agent Dan Cleary decides not to report to training camp, his absence will open the only obvious hole on the roster. Rookie Scott Laughton would be a great fit, both developmentally and on the salary cap, if he can demonstrate an increase in offensive output.
February 9, 2013 |
Claude Giroux needs some help. The Flyers captain went into Thursday's game among the NHL leaders by being successful on 55.4 percent of his faceoffs. Despite his success, the Flyers had won just 46.5 percent of their draws, putting them 28th in the 30-team NHL. Put another way: If you take away Giroux, the rest of the Flyers had won just 40.9 percent of their faceoffs. As a result, the Flyers are getting less zone time and frequently seem to be on the defensive side of the puck.
March 30, 2013 |
Maybe it's because opponents now have a book on them, or maybe it's because some of the second-year Flyers are pressing. Whatever the reason, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn are going through sophomore slumps. Ditto Matt Read, who has stumbled after a hot start. Entering Thursday's game against the New York Islanders, all three were in long goal-scoring droughts: Couturier at 24 consecutive games, Schenn at 12, and Read at nine. Coach Peter Laviolette was asked whether he was concerned that the streaks might start weighing on the players.
November 22, 2013 |
After Sean Couturier missed a gaping net in the first period Tuesday night, linemate Matt Read couldn't help teasing him when they went to the bench. By the time the Flyers returned to the ice for the second period, Read turned his needling to encouragement. " 'Coots', you're due," Read told him. "You're going to get one tonight. " Read couldn't have predicted the one Couturier got: a 90-degree flip from the goal line off Ottawa goalie Rob Lehner. It ended a career-long, 25-game goal-less streak for Couturier.
October 6, 2013 |
MONTREAL - Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he put high-scoring Jake Voracek on the third line Wednesday partly because he wanted him to help jump-start center Sean Couturier and partly because of the winger's recent back injury. "We're trying to get balance throughout the lineup," Laviolette said after Friday's practice in Voorhees. The Flyers, trying to rebound from Wednesday's 3-1 opening-night loss to visiting Toronto, play in Montreal on Saturday night. Laviolette didn't reveal whether Voracek will return to Claude Giroux's top line Saturday, but he sounded like he would still experiment with him on the third unit with Couturier and Max Talbot - and that Brayden Schenn will remain on the No. 1 line.