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March 3, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
The Flyers have fixed a flaw, and it has helped vault them into the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Up until late January, the Flyers struggled in games against lowly teams. But they have corrected that weakness. Their three wins to start the current homestand were against teams not in playoff spots: Minnesota, Arizona, and Calgary. In their last 10 games against non-playoff teams, they are 7-1-2. Despite having to overcome several injuries, the Flyers entered Tuesday just three points behind the final wild-card team, Pittsburgh, with 20 games remaining.
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February 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
RALEIGH, N.C. - Brayden Schenn said the return of center Sean Couturier was "like picking someone up" at the trade deadline. After a nine-game absence, Couturier returned to the Flyers' lineup Tuesday night against the Hurricanes. Couturier, sidelined with an injured right foot/ankle, centered Michael Raffl and Jake Voracek. "Having him back is huge," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said after the morning skate. "I don't think you realize how much you miss him until he's actually gone.
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February 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Flyers played one of their best games of the season Tuesday. Their forececk was superb. Ditto their cycle. And they spent the night camped in the Carolina zone, outshooting the Hurricanes, 37-18. No matter. Carolina 3, Flyers 1. Veteran goalie Cam Ward allowed a soft first-period goal but rebounded and led Carolina to the win at sparsely filled PNC Arena. The Flyers allowed just 18 shots - equaling a season-low for an opponent - but they couldn't finish their chances as Ward made 36 saves, including an acrobatic one on Matt Read.
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February 23, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The medical update on Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier was encouraging. The Flyers centers skated at the team's Voorhees practice facility Sunday, and general manager Ron Hextall said both might play in Tuesday's key game in Carolina. Couturier has missed the last nine games with a foot/ankle injury, and Hextall said he was "ahead of schedule. " The Flyers are 3-3-3 in those games. Giroux sat out Saturday's 5-4 overtime win in Toronto with a suspected head injury. Giroux, the team's top scorer with 49 points, has a better chance to play Tuesday than Couturier.
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February 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Maybe they should rename Flyers' overtime games Ghosttime . Twenty-nine seconds into overtime, Shayne Gostisbehere's goal lifted the Flyers to an important 5-4 win over Toronto at the Air Canada Center on Saturday night. It was the speedy defenseman's fourth overtime goal this season, the most in NHL history by a rookie. "Ghost," right winger Wayne Simmonds said, "is an overtime killer. " "He's unbelievable. He's extremely confident and he always wants the puck out there," Brayden Schenn said after the Flyers moved to within three points of a playoff spot.
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February 22, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 18, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
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)
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February 17, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 12, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 11, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
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.
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