November 20, 2015 |
Shayne Gostisbehere has not only helped the Flyers pick up three points in the two games he has played, but he seems to have brought out the best in his defensive partner, Brandon Manning. Manning, who struggled in the season's first month, has played two strong games since paired with Gostisbehere. The two also were paired together for four games last season with the Phantoms before Gostisbehere suffered a season-ending knee injury. "We're definitely getting more comfortable together," said Gostisbehere, one of 11 players to take part in an optional practice Wednesday in Voorhees.
November 13, 2015 |
ON A NORMAL day, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol would have watched the previous night's game film before the next day's practice. Tuesday night wasn't one of those normal nights, and Wednesday wasn't one of those normal practice days, though Tuesday's performance might feel pretty normal to Flyers fans. "I didn't need to," Hakstol said of watching the film, something he did later Wednesday. Hakstol knew exactly what the problem was in the game, which was followed by a second closed-door meeting in 15 games.
November 12, 2015 |
As the final buzzer sounded Tuesday, what was left of the Wells Fargo Center crowd serenaded the Flyers with loud boos as they skated to the locker room. It was well-deserved. Colorado 4, Flyers 0. The Flyers had talked about bringing momentum home from a nice win Saturday in Winnipeg that ended a 1-3-1 road trip, but apparently, they left it in customs. "We're embarrassed. They're probably embarrassed," Flyers winger Ryan White said when asked about the boos. The Avalanche, who began the night as the Western Conference's worst team, finished with a 40-25 shots advantage and skated circles around the Flyers.
November 10, 2015 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Funny how timing can mean everything to a hockey team. If the Flyers had started their five-game road trip by beating Buffalo and then lost four straight, it would have been perceived as a disastrous journey. But as it turned out, the Flyers lost their first four games and ended the grueling trip with their best effort since they defeated the powerful Rangers two weeks ago. They received a lights-out performance from Michal Neuvirth (again) on Saturday and defeated a good Winnipeg team, 3-0, at the earsplitting MTS Centre.
November 9, 2015 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Michal Neuvirth is making a strong bid to be the Flyers' No. 1 goaltender. Neuvirth made 28 saves and collected his third shutout - tops in the NHL - as the Flyers blanked Winnipeg, 3-0, at the MTS Centre on Saturday night. He became the first goalie in franchise history with three shutouts in his first seven starts of a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "We played a real solid game, and it started with the goaltender," said winger Wayne Simmonds, who scored the second goal, helping the Flyers end a six-game losing streak.
November 6, 2015 |
CALGARY - The Flyers' defensive woes have been magnified over the last few weeks. It hasn't helped they're struggling to put pucks in the net themselves, but they've given up too many shots and have been putting too much pressure on their goaltenders. They've also had trouble staying out of the penalty box, and their penalty-killing hasn't been all that great. They got a little help Thursday night, when Sean Couturier returned to the lineup after missing six games with a concussion he suffered on Oct. 21 in Boston.
November 5, 2015 |
EDMONTON - All along, heading into the past offseason, the salary-cap-strapped Flyers knew they needed to add a backup goaltender to provide some depth behind Steve Mason. It was one of Ron Hextall's top priorities. And it's why it only took a few hours on July 1, the first day of free agency, for news to come out that the Flyers had signed Michal Neuvirth to a two-year, $3.25 million deal. He came with experience, having played starter's minutes at various times in Washington and Buffalo.
October 25, 2015 |
Second-line center Sean Couturier is expected to remain out of the lineup Saturday night when the Flyers face the speedy New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center. Couturier was injured when Boston's Zac Rinaldo, playing his first game against his ex-teammates, came in with a high check Wednesday, hit the 22-year-old center in the head, and caused him to crumble to the ice in pain. A woozy Couturier went to the locker room and did not return. Couturier was at Friday's practice in Voorhees but did not take any line rushes, a strong indication he won't play Saturday.
October 23, 2015 |
BOSTON - Entering Wednesday's game against the Bruins, the Flyers were having the same trouble that plagued them last season: finding the back of the net. They ranked 21st in goals scored last season. They finally began to snap out of it in a come-from-behind, 5-4 overtime win over the Bruins, but in their first five games (2-2-1), they had scored just eight goals. Good goaltending helped earn a pair of wins last week, but the 1.6 goals per game average through five games was an issue.
October 19, 2015 |
Thanks to a quirky schedule, the Flyers have a five-day break, one they hope doesn't mute the momentum gained from consecutive shutout wins over Florida and defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago. And when they do return to action, they play on back-to-back nights. "It is what it is," left winger Chris VandeVelde said. "We just have to go out and practice sharp, and we'll take a look at video and we'll be ready. We'll be fresh and chomping at the bit to get back at it. " The Flyers (2-1-1)