February 17, 2015 |
BUFFALO - There is no fast or easy route to Judique, Nova Scotia - particularly in the winter. Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald knew that, but it wasn't going to deter him from attending the funeral of his grandmother, Isabel, who passed away last week. He missed Friday's game in Columbus, but made it back to Buffalo in time for practice on Saturday. Last night, MacDonald was a healthy scratch against the last-place Sabres. "Mac missed some time, so he needs some practice time," coach Craig Berube said.
February 9, 2015 |
Five wins in seven games and at least a point in five consecutive contests mean little if the losses come against teams well ahead in the standings. Still nine points out of a playoff spot with only 30 games to play, the Flyers (22-22-8) on Sunday can't afford a repeat of Thursday night, when they squandered a two-goal, second-period lead against the Islanders and lost in a shootout. Their likelihood of playing postseason hockey is slim enough as is. Wins in regulation carry added importance against teams such as the Washington Capitals (28-15-10)
October 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Right winger Wayne Simmonds missed the Flyers' last preseason game Thursday night because of a lower-body injury. Simmonds led the Flyers with 29 goals last season. Coach Craig Berube said Simmonds' status for the season opener Wednesday in Boston was unknown, but it seems a good sign that he will travel with the team Friday to Cape Cod, where the Flyers will have two practices and some bonding activities. Blair Jones, a free-agent signee who has been one of the most pleasant surprises in training camp, replaced Simmonds on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read on Thursday.
December 8, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who has a mansion in Montecito, Calif., is almost always at the Staples Center when his team is playing here against the Kings. Make that beating the Kings. The Flyers defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday, 2-1, and improved to 8-1-1 at the Staples Center since it opened in 1999. "Maybe I am," said Snider when asked if he was the Flyers' good-luck charm. Snider paused. "Although why aren't I at home?" he asked, smiling.
September 25, 2012 |
WHILE THE NHL lockout rolls on, players are rolling elsewhere. Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has signed to play in a German hockey league, according to a report in truehockey.com. Simmonds signed a 6-year, $23.8 million contract extension in August with the Flyers. After being acquired in a trade with Los Angeles that involved Mike Richards, Simmonds had a career year last season with 28 goals and 21 assists. He played all 82 regular-season games and had 114 penalty minutes. In other Flyers news, the team announced that their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, will open training camp on Saturday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Camp will open with 21 forwards, 15 defensemen and three goaltenders.
May 6, 2012
Players to watch FLYERS: Center Claude Giroux The shifty center has been stifled by rookie Adam Henrique, among others, and the Flyers need him to get untracked if they are going to even the series. Giroux has just one point in three games. DEVILS: Goaltender Martin Brodeur The Devils' future Hall of Famer can give his team a stranglehold on the series if he celebrates his 40th birthday with a win. He has a 2.39 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in the three games.
February 23, 2015 |
This should have been a mismatch. Flyers goalie Rob Zepp, 33, was the netminder for the minor-league Phantoms this time last week. But there he was Saturday afternoon staring down the Nashville Predators and their stellar goalie, Pekka Rinne, the leading candidate to win the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top netminder, and hoping to win a shootout. With a little help from teammates Jake Voracek and Wayne Simmonds - both of whom beat Rinne in the shootout - Zepp and the Flyers pulled off an upset, defeating the best team in the league, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center.
November 12, 2014 |
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.
October 22, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The Flyers, of all teams, have committed a league-low 12 minor penalties, and they have averaged the NHL's fewest penalty minutes per game (seven) in the first five games. It's a small sample, but it is still eye-opening for a franchise that usually leads the NHL - or is near the top - in both categories. It's been "way less taxing" on his penalty killers, said coach Craig Berube, whose team plays in Chicago on Tuesday night. "We've been good so far, and we have to continue to check properly, because when your sticks are in the air and you're hooking and tripping and stuff, you're going to get penalties.
January 19, 2015 |
LEADERSHIP. When a team is performing better than expected or worse than expected, the word is invariably evoked. By words, example or both, great leaders compel teammates to test the limits of their abilities, to play better than what their resumé or skill set might suggest. That's the widely held belief anyway. Teams without leaders? Well they generally look a lot like the Flyers do these days - fragile, mentally weak, underachieving, bowing their heads at the first sign of trouble, succumbing to adversity rather than playing through it. "Well you do need good leadership to be a successful team," Craig Berube said this week, before the Flyers recorded back-to-back shutouts in losses to Washington and Vancouver.