November 13, 2013 |
TORONTO - The Flyers are likely to have winger Steve Downie back in the lineup when the face the Senators in Ottawa on Tuesday night. Downie, wearing a full cage, was on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read at the Flyers' practice Monday in Voorhees. "Today was another step," he said told reporters after the session. Downie, 26, suffered a concussion in a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti during the Flyers' 7-0 loss Nov. 1. It was Downie's first game after he was acquired from Colorado for Max Talbot, and he missed the next four contests.
April 7, 2015 |
With four minutes remaining in the Flyers' final game against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins during another unfulfilled season, the Wells Fargo Center crowd started chants of "You can't beat us!" There has been little for Flyers fans to cheer about during the last month, but they found a worthy one Sunday. Even though the Flyers will finish the season this week with one of the NHL's worst records, they will at least have an undefeated mark against the Penguins. The Flyers finalized the four-game season sweep with a 4-1 victory in an Easter Sunday matinee that weakened Pittsburgh's postseason push.
September 20, 2014 |
Sean Couturier has blossomed into one of the NHL's best defensive forwards, but that's only one of the reasons the Flyers selected him eighth overall in the 2011 draft. The 21-year-old center is starting his fourth NHL season, and the Flyers - who open training camp Friday morning in Voorhees - want him to be more than a defensive specialist, more than a superb penalty killer. They want him to become one of the team's offensive threats. "It's time for Coots to move forward here and become a better 200-foot player," first-year Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said.
October 8, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Flyers lead the league with 97 hits, but their attack has been abysmal in the first three games with a total of three goals. "The goals are going to come," goalie Steve Mason said after the Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision in Carolina on Sunday night, falling to 0-3. "We just have to be patient and keep working. " The Flyers managed 18 shots - just three in the final period. "The final push is missing," defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. "When you have to make a statement, for some reason, we haven't been able to do that.
March 29, 2015 |
Wayne Simmonds' season-ending leg injury has had a ripple effect on the Flyers: Vinny Lecavalier has returned to the lineup and Ryan White has moved to the first power-play unit. In addition, defenseman Brandon Manning will replace the injured Andrew MacDonald (hand) and be paired with Carlo Colaiacovo when the Flyers host San Jose in a Saturday matinee. Lecavalier has been a healthy scratch 17 times, including the last three games, and will likely play the final seven games of the most frustrating season of his career.
April 1, 2015 |
ASIDE FROM battling Sidney Crosby for the Art Ross Trophy, Jake Voracek will have one more thing to play for this spring: a gold medal on home ice at the World Championships. Once the Flyers wrap up their season next Saturday, Voracek and quite a few teammates will have a few weeks to prepare for the 16-team IIHF tournament in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. The tournament runs May 1-17. "Trust me, I'd rather be in a playoff run, battling for the Cup," Voracek said. "But there's an opportunity to play for my country, especially at home.
April 2, 2015 |
'THEY HAVEN'T produced this year like we wanted them to, for sure," Craig Berube was saying on Monday, referring to Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. "Brayden ended up being a 20-goal scorer last year. We all thought that it was, not a given, but we thought that he'd be at 20 again. I thought Couturier would probably get to 20 this year, too. And they haven't. " Put aside the mess Berube made with Steve Mason for a minute. Forget the unnecessary controversy that was stirred up in the year the Flyers finally got consistent goaltending.
April 13, 2015 |
AS MUCH AS just about anyone, Phantoms coach Terry Murray has a Flyers logo tattooed on his butt. The Flyers' coach in the 1997 Stanley Cup final enjoyed stops in Florida, Washington and Los Angeles, but he's always made it back to his first home as a player - as a scout, assistant coach or minor league mentor. Murray should be forgiven if he is rooting for the Flyers to lose today in their meaningless season finale. That would mean his older brother, Bryan, can officially resume the chase of that elusive first Stanley Cup next week.
March 23, 2015 |
EDMONTON, Alberta - The countdown is underway to the end of another Flyers season without a Stanley Cup. The Flyers, Cup-less since 1975, have eight games left after Saturday's matchup in Edmonton, and they will miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. A year removed from an impressive 42-27-10 record under first-year coach Craig Berube - and a seven-game playoff loss to a New York Rangers team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals - the Flyers have regressed. They took a 29-29-15 record into Saturday and had lost eight straight road games.
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.