November 27, 2014 |
DETROIT - The Flyers need to get their road act together if they want this season to have much meaning. Maybe the expected return of Michael Raffl later this week will help. The left winger had six goals in 12 games before he injured his right foot on Nov. 4. After a 1-0 shootout loss to the upstart New York Islanders on Monday in Uniondale, N.Y., the Flyers slipped to 2-6-1 on the road, where they have been shut out three times. They have not scored the first goal in any of their nine road games.
November 24, 2014 |
AFTER DROPPING four straight games in which his team never had a lead, Craig Berube went back to the drawing board and threw an unconventional version of an 18-skater lineup against divisional foe Columbus in Saturday night's 4-2 win. With defenseman Michael Del Zotto returning to the lineup after missing Thursday's game with a lower-body injury, the second-year coach decided to employ seven defensemen and 11 forwards for the first time this season....
November 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - While a handful of Flyers players were being interviewed after their listless, 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night, general manager Ron Hextall's X-rated screams could be heard in an adjacent room. Hextall apparently was reading the team the riot act after its third straight defeat. The Flyers were dominated, even though they should have gotten an emotional lift because Claude Giroux was able to fight through an ankle injury and play. In addition, the Rangers rested star goalie Henrik Lundqvist and didn't have their top defenseman, Ryan McDonagh, because of a separated shoulder.
November 21, 2014 |
CLAUDE GIROUX glided through the congratulatory handshakes at the Flyers' bench and smacked himself on the shin pad with his stick. His third-period, power-play one-timer was, finally, an outlet of pent-up frustration. On Wednesday night in New York, his lifeless Flyers made Rangers backup Cam Talbot look like Henrik Lundqvist. Talbot pitched just the fourth shutout of his career, sending general manager Ron Hextall on a postgame tirade in the locker room at Madison Square Garden.
November 19, 2014 |
The Flyers got some positive news on the injury front Monday: Andrew MacDonald and Luke Schenn, defensemen who will help their sagging penalty-killing unit, were upgraded to "day to day," and there is a possibility they will play Wednesday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Both practiced Monday in Voorhees. If they don't play Wednesday, they could return Thursday against visiting Minnesota. "They need practice," coach Craig Berube said. Schenn, who injured his left shoulder when hit by Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon on Nov. 8, said "every day is getting a lot better.
November 18, 2014 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers' inability to defend power plays recently has masked the fact that prolific-scoring winger Jake Voracek has become one of the NHL's feel-good stories this season. There have been many players struggling on the penalty kill, including defenseman Braydon Coburn, who has not played well since returning from a foot injury Nov. 8. But Coburn is not alone. "It comes down to details, and every guy has to do his part - and we're not doing it now," defenseman Nick Grossmann said after the Flyers dropped a 6-3 decision Saturday in Montreal.
November 16, 2014 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers' penalty-killing unit is, well, killing them. It happened for the second straight night, this time in a 6-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the earsplitting Bell Centre on Saturday. Montreal scored on its only three power plays as it built a 3-0 lead en route to its fifth straight victory. "Simple things" are costing the Flyers on the penalty kill, winger Matt Read said after the loss. "We have opportunities to clear pucks, and we don't; we're not blocking shots, not moving the puck well, not reading [plays]
November 14, 2014 |
Claude Giroux says it will be "really strange" facing former linemate Scott Hartnell when the Flyers meet Columbus on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. "When we played together, we were always joking about fighting when we played each other," the Flyers' captain said after practice Thursday in Voorhees. "Everybody loved him here in Philly, so it's going to be pretty special for him. " The Flyers will honor Hartnell with a video tribute, and Giroux expects the 32-year-old winger - sent to Columbus for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round 2015 draft pick in June - to receive a warm reception.
November 10, 2014 |
When the Flyers' fathers joined their sons on a recent two-game trip to Florida, right winger Jake Voracek wondered if he was going to be able to take his usual pregame nap. Voracek was hoping his father, Milo, didn't also decide to get some afternoon shut-eye in their hotel room. "He keeps me up with his snoring," Voracek said. "Snores like crazy. " As it turned out, Voracek was able to get some rest. He looked refreshed that night and, like most games this season, seemed to have more energy than anyone else on the ice. In the first month of the season, opponents have had a difficult time keeping up with the explosive Voracek.
November 8, 2014 |
Flyers coach Craig Berube said he will decide after Saturday's morning skate if veteran defenseman Braydon Coburn returns to the lineup that night against visiting Colorado. On one hand, Berube knows Coburn would give the Flyers a defenseman who can keep up with the speedy Avs. On the other hand, if Coburn sits, he will have six more days before the Flyers play again, giving him more time to make sure his injured left foot is ready. Decisions, decisions. "Part of it will be his decision, too," Berube said after three Flyers - Coburn, Andrew MacDonald and Blair Jones - took part in an optional skate Friday at the team's Voorhees practice facility.