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.
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.
October 28, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Kings felt they were getting close to a championship and needed a veteran or two to put them over the top. The Flyers wanted to get younger and faster. And, so, the teams pulled the trigger on a blockbuster 2011 deal that sent captain Mike Richards to the Kings for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a second-round draft pick that the Flyers later dealt for Nick Grossmann. Ron Hextall, now the Flyers' general manager, was the Kings' assistant GM at the time, and he remembers vividly why the deal was attractive from Los Angeles' perspective.
March 28, 2015 |
The offense-challenged Flyers will have to play the final seven games of their season without their leading goal scorer, right winger Wayne Simmonds. Simmonds and defenseman Andrew MacDonald suffered season-ending injuries Wednesday when they were hit by third-period shots during a 4-1 win over Chicago at the Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds limped off the ice after getting hit on the left leg by teammate Mark Streit's blast, and MacDonald was hit on the right hand by a Chicago shot.
September 24, 2015 |
Tuesday was one of three league-mandated overtimes the Flyers will play in the preseason, regardless of the score at the end of regulation. In theory, this season's new three-on-three, five-minute overtimes should reduce the number of games decided in a shootout. The Flyers are probably applauding. Since the NHL introduced shootouts in 2005-06, the Flyers have been the league's worst team in the gimmicky format, including a 3-11 record last season. "It's more game-like to decide a game in overtime," new coach Dave Hakstol said before the Flyers' 5-3 win over the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center.
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.
September 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Flyers goalie Steve Mason looks ready for the regular season to begin, and he used Monday's exhibition at Madison Square Garden to fine-tune different aspects of his game. "I'm continuing to build on my reads out there, continuing to work on rebounds and puck placement and where you want the puck to go," he said before making his second start of the preseason, facing the New York Rangers. "Overall, I'm working on reading the game. Things happen so quickly, and when you haven't played games for a long time, you forget how quickly things can happen out there.
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.
January 11, 2013 |
MATT READ waddled off the ice and into the Flyers dressing room on Thursday and snuck over to his stall in the only quiet corner. It's a space usually reserved for the Flyers' unnoticed players, with his locker located next to Zac Rinaldo and Eric Wellwood. There, it would be easy to forget that the player unlacing his skates led all rookies in goals last season, topping rookie of the year Gabriel Landeskog and burgeoning Oilers star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Read, 26, was one of only two rookies to break the 20-goal pleateau, finishing with 24 - nearly 10 percent of the Flyers' entire total (264)