February 22, 2016 |
MONTREAL - Five years later, the Jeff Carter trade is paying new dividends for the Flyers. Oh, they certainly could use a scoring machine like Carter, one of the NHL's most dependable forwards. But the return they received is getting better each day: Jake Voracek. Sean Couturier. Nick Cousins. Those turned out to be the three young players the Flyers received for Carter, now 31 and starting to decline. And while then-general manager Paul Holmgren would like a do-over on some of his moves/signings, this isn't one of them.
February 18, 2016 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Rookie coach Dave Hakstol, trying to get his team's sporadic offense going, made some tweaks to his first three lines Tuesday for the game against the New Jersey Devils. "We want to change the rhythm a little bit of what we're doing," Hakstol said before the game. "I think we need a little bit more out of the lineup, including those [top] guys. " The moves worked. The Flyers erupted for a 6-3 win over a Devils team that took the stingiest defense (2.14 goals per game)
February 17, 2016 |
The Flyers, losers of five of their last six games, are in danger of fading out of the Eastern Conference wild-card hunt unless they make a major turnaround on their five-game road trip. "Our goal is to make the playoffs," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said after the Flyers fell to the New York Rangers, 3-1, on Sunday night. "Nothing is going to change until we get there. It's how we respond now. We have to turn some negatives into positives. " Gostisbehere, arguably the team's MVP even though he was not recalled from the minors until mid-November, has done his part.
February 12, 2016 |
If the Flyers can't quickly figure out how to win without Sean Couturier, they will slip out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. When Couturier was sidelined by an injured right foot/ankle last week, the Flyers' mantra was this: Everybody has to step up to replace the second-line center's minutes. That hasn't happened. The Flyers have lost their last three games without Couturier, falling farther behind in the wild-card race, and wasting some valuable games in hand on teams they are chasing.
February 11, 2016 |
After the morning skate Tuesday, Flyers captain Claude Giroux started to answer a question this way: "After we win tonight . . . " Bold words when you consider Tuesday night's opponent, Anaheim, has been one of the NHL's best teams since a horrendous October. The Ducks, perhaps using Giroux's words as motivation, continued their torrid pace as they whipped the Flyers, 4-1, and ruined the home team's 50th anniversary party. "We didn't bring our 'A' game," said right winger Wayne Simmonds after his undisciplined team was guilty of six hooking penalties.
February 9, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Nick Cousins' first NHL point was bittersweet. Cousins, playing in his 17th NHL game - and sixth this season - had several quality shifts and assisted on the game's first goal, but the Flyers fell to powerful Washington, 3-2, at the Verizon Center on Sunday. "I thought Cousins played pretty well," said winger Wayne Simmonds, who was spared a suspension from the NHL for a retaliatory hit against the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh on Saturday. "He plays simple . . . and takes what they're giving him. You can tell he's a good little player.
February 7, 2016 |
The Flyers' playoff hopes were severely damaged Friday when the club announced that second-line center Sean Couturier would miss about four weeks with an undisclosed lower-body injury. "It's a big loss for us, but we have other guys who will fill in and need to pick up the slack," general manger Ron Hextall said. "No one will replace Coots; it's got to be a group effort. I like the resiliency of our team, and we have to continue with it. " Couturier, 23, who has blossomed into a dual threat, has 16 points in his last 16 games and is also regarded as the team's best penalty killer.
February 6, 2016 |
NASHVILLE - The Flyers, one of the league's lowest-scoring teams all season, have suddenly become goal-happy. Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux each scored a pair of goals and collected three points as the Flyers ripped the Predators, 6-3, on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Flyers have scored at least four goals in their last three games - all wins. Jake Voracek and Scott Laughton added two assists apiece as the Flyers evened their road record at 11-11-3. "We haven't had many nights like that," coach Dave Hakstol said after the Flyers' highest scoring output of the season, despite taking just 19 shots.
February 5, 2016 |
THERE MIGHT BE no greater insult in sports than describing a team as an underachiever. Except, perhaps, calling it an overachiever. Underachievers suggests there is a ceiling above. Overachievers suggests the ceiling lies below. When the NHL season began, few saw the Flyers as a playoff-caliber team, and the betting line reflected that. In June, most Las Vegas sportsbooks had their chances to win a Stanley Cup set at or around 66-to-1, and by the start of the season, those odds had grown to 75-to-1 at most books.