March 24, 2016 |
Beware of the glare was the dominant message we heard about Dave Hakstol before he arrived in Philadelphia. It was the kind of warning that made you think the Flyers had hired an untrained pit bull as their 19th head coach. Do or say the wrong thing and he might attach himself to your left leg and never let go. It was false advertising. With just 10 games left in the regular season and the Flyers in the midst of a fight for their playoff lives, the players have learned that the glare is tremendously overrated.
March 17, 2016 |
Jake Voracek had been the last Flyers player to enter the locker room after the team's practice Monday, breathing heavily but still with eyes to see what was ahead. He was exhausted from just the few minutes he'd spent skating hard, skating through pain, to test the injured left foot that had kept him out of the lineup since late February. He was quick to make it clear he wouldn't play Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, in a game that would shape the Flyers' standing in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
March 16, 2016 |
Jake Voracek won't return to the lineup for Tuesday's critical game against Detroit at the Wells Fargo Center, but the injured Flyers right winger says the pressure is on the Red Wings, not his surging team. Detroit has made the playoffs in 24 straight seasons. "That's a lot of good players on their team," Voracek said after practice Monday in Voorhees, "but like I say, I think the way we play, they've got to be more worried about not making the playoffs than us because of the way we play.
March 14, 2016 |
Wayne Simmonds has blossomed into one of the league's most consistent right wingers, but if it wasn't for a trailblazer named Willie O'Ree, the Flyers forward might never have dreamed of reaching the NHL. O'Ree, who in 1958 became the NHL's first black player, made Simmonds believe at a young age that playing pro hockey was a possibility. "He had an effect on every single player of color coming into this league," Simmonds said before a recent game. "Without him, we wouldn't even be in this league . . . so there's a lot of respect I have for Mr. O'Ree.
March 12, 2016 |
Since returning from a two-week absence, Steve Mason has won both starts, but no one knows if the Flyers' veteran goalie has regained his mojo. The reason? The Flyers were so dominating in both wins - they defeated Columbus, 6-0, and Tampa Bay, 4-2 - that they spent most of the game in their opponents' end, and Mason was rarely tested. That figures to change in the rematch Friday with the Lightning in Tampa, Fla. "It's not going to be easy. That's for sure," said Mason, whose team has lost its last eight games in Tampa since 2011.
March 7, 2016
The Philadelphia Flyers Wives and Michael's Way teamed up to spread a little love by remodeling the Philadelphia home of 9-year-old Bisan Abu Ali, a patient in a cancer study at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The project was a part of the wives' annual Building Hope for Kids Initiative. Michael's Way helps to improve the lives of children with pediatric cancer by raising money to lessen the financial hardship and strain on their families. Bisan suffers from a rare form of cancer that affects her eyesight.
March 6, 2016
Forward Brayden Schenn, the Flyers' top offensive player recently, may miss Saturday's game against Columbus with a head injury. Schenn, who has 12 goals in the last 22 games, was injured Thursday in the 4-0 loss to visiting Edmonton. General manager Ron Hextall, through a team spokesman, said Friday that the Flyers were still gathering information on Schenn's injury and that they would have an announcement Saturday. In the third period Thursday, Oilers defenseman Adam Pardy put a bear hug on Schenn during a scrum and tackled him. Schenn's head hit the ice with Pardy atop him. Schenn returned for a few shifts and then missed the final 6 minutes, 7 seconds.
March 5, 2016
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere took their early snubs from the World Cup of Hockey in stride, pointing out they can still be added. But some of their Flyers teammates took offense at their omissions - Giroux from Team Canada, Gostisbehere from Team North America. Teams picked their first 16 players Wednesday, and they will announce seven additions June 1. "The two of them both deserve to be playing in that tournament, no matter what," right winger Wayne Simmonds said before Thursday's game.
March 2, 2016 |
The puck wasn't glued to Brayden Schenn's stick Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It just seemed that way. Schenn collected the first hat trick of his career and Claude Giroux recorded four assists as the Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-3. Calgary made it interesting as Micheal Ferland and Michael Frolik scored 50 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 4-3 midway through the third period. Michal Neuvirth got a piece of Frolik's shot, but it still got through. "It got a little scary in the third.
March 1, 2016 |
Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn are more than brothers. They are best friends, and both say they miss being Flyers teammates. Funny thing is, their play has been elevated - especially Brayden's - since they were separated Jan. 6, the day the Flyers dealt Luke Schenn to Los Angeles. In his first 22 games since the trade, Brayden Schenn looked noticeably more confident and had nine goals and eight assists - his best streak of the season. Brayden Schenn was asked if his increased productivity was because he was taking on more responsibility with his brother not around.