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December 30, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The demise of the Flyers' penalty-killing ability is, well, killing them. The Flyers have made a handful of personnel changes from last year's unit, which finished seventh in the NHL, successfully killing 84.8 percent of the team's penalties. Those changes - some caused by Kimmo Timonen's suffering blood clots and being unable to play - have not panned out. This year, the Flyers' penalty killers entered Sunday next to last in the NHL - 29th, with a 74.4 percent success rate.
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December 22, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - The Flyers started an eight-game road trip with an inspiring comeback and their best offensive performance of the season Saturday night. Claude Giroux had two goals and a pair of assists, Jake Voracek dealt four assists and took over the NHL scoring lead, and the Flyers overcame an early 2-0 deficit and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-4, at the Air Canada Centre. "It was fun because we were playing the right way the whole game, and we played 60 minutes," said Giroux, whose team had a 42-25 advantage in shots.
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December 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
IT WAS DURING the Flyers' three-game California trip 2 weeks ago, Sean Couturier said, when the team's checking line began to uncover some chemistry. The trio started to better find each other on the ice, force more turnovers on the forecheck and create more scoring opportunities. The line's improved play, the 22-year-old center reasoned, is the most prominent reason for his personal offensive surge of late, three goals and four assists over the last seven games. On a six-game point streak, a mark that ties his career high, he entered this week in the midst of his best scoring stretch of the season.
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December 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Couturier tied a personal milestone on Saturday, and Scott Laughton created one. Together, these two young Flyers centers and former first-round draft choices have given the team a spark. Couturier scored just 53 seconds into the game, and Laughton, making his 18th NHL appearance, scored his first goal as the Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, in a matinee at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers have earned points in five consecutive games and are 2-0 in a four-game homestand that continues Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Couturier tied a career high by scoring a point in his sixth straight game.
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December 15, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE FLYERS have yet to win a game this season in which neither Claude Giroux nor Jake Voracek tallied at least a point. But throughout the team's improved play over its last five games, it has started to get more secondary scoring. "It's huge. We can't rely on just one line all year," said Sean Couturier, who carries a five-game point streak into today's 1 p.m. home game against the last-place Hurricanes. "They're one of the best [lines] in the league, but they need some help some nights.
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December 14, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
With lowly Carolina visiting the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon, the Flyers have a juicy opportunity to increase their points streak to five games and pick up ground in the Metropolitan Division. No NHL team has fewer points than the Hurricanes (19), who have lost four straight and slipped to 8-17-3. The Flyers (10-13-5) are coming off one of their better all-around performances of the season, a 4-1 win over New Jersey on Thursday that started a four-game homestand.
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December 13, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the Flyers' 28th game, there was a Matt Read sighting at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Read had his first goal in 11 games - and his first multi-point performance of the season - as he sparked the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. "I wouldn't say I was losing confidence, but getting frustrated a little bit," said Read, who had just one goal in his previous 20 games. ". . . Things just bounced my way tonight. " The Flyers, opening a four-game homestand, have a modest four-game points streak, during which they are 2-0-2.
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December 12, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was the first one on the ice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees for an optional practice Wednesday, a four-time all-star and former Stanley Cup champion attempting to earn his way back into the lineup. These are trying times for Flyers center Vinny Lecavalier, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career during the recent West Coast trip. Lecavalier, 34, has now been a healthy scratch four consecutive games. Owner of 405 career NHL goals, Lecavalier said he has no choice but to keep pushing in practice.
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December 12, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AMONG THE story lines that have defined the first 2 months of this hockey season in Philadelphia, a lack of secondary scoring has been among the most prominent. Take Matt Read, for example. Here is a guy with 20-plus goals in each of the full NHL seasons he's played. But for whatever reasons, his play through 27 games of this year mystifyingly yielded forgettable results: two goals, six assists and a -8. The Flyers would benefit greatly if the Read they saw last night is the Read they get for the final two-thirds of this season.
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December 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Considering they managed little offensive-zone time and had just 19 shots in regulation, the Flyers should feel fortunate to get one point with a 3-2 overtime loss to Columbus Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.   "It's a satisfying point, but it's a lucky point, too," said Brayden Schenn, who tied the game with 55.5 seconds remaining in regulation by scoring his second goal of the night. "It was a tough game from our standpoint. We didn't generate a whole lot. We weren't great in our own end, and we were lucky to squeeze it into overtime.
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