January 7, 2015 |
TUNE INTO any baseball telecast, especially in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line, and you're likely to see a particular hitter's career numbers against that pitcher flash on the screen. In hockey, you're only likely to see a goaltender's career record against a certain opponent. Individual matchups are often lost in hockey. "Well, at least I know a lot of coaches pay attention to that type of stuff," Flyers netminder Ray Emery said, laughing. The game-inside-the-game tonight will be Senators forward Clarke MacArthur going up against Flyers goaltender Steve Mason.
January 5, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - About two hours before the opening faceoff at the Prudential Center on Saturday night, Flyers coach Craig Berube said the availability of Claude Giroux hinged on how the captain felt during warm-ups. Giroux's absence from the 15-minute pregame skate offered a swift answer to that question. With the freaky lower left leg laceration he suffered the prior night keeping Giroux off the ice, the Flyers were tasked with trying to stop the bleeding of a four-game losing streak without their best player.
December 28, 2014 |
NASHVILLE - For the first time since he was fired three games into last season, Peter Laviolette, now the head coach of the Nashville Predators, will face the Flyers on Saturday night in Music City. Jake Voracek can't wait. "I'm sure he's going to be pretty fired up," said Voracek, the Flyers' coming-of-age right winger who leads the NHL with 46 points, "and I'm pretty excited about it. " The Flyers will make their fourth stop on a critical eight-game road trip. They are 3-0 on the trip, averaging 5.3 goals per game.
December 26, 2014 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The three-day holiday break does not seem to come at a good time for the surging Flyers. "You want to skip Christmas?" coach Craig Berube deadpanned when asked about the momentum of the Flyers, winners of the first three games of an eight-game road trip. "I don't mind. " After the laughter stopped, Berube said: "That's just what you have to deal with. The guys can use a little break here, a couple of days, and then get refocused and get back at it in Nashville.' The Flyers (14-14-6)
December 19, 2014 |
IT HAS come to this for the Flyers: a seemingly must-win matchup tonight with the suddenly surging Florida Panthers, one week before Christmas, in a game that would have been a throwaway in seasons past. Except, this isn't last year for the Flyers. The hole to dig out of is even deeper. "It does feel different than last year," coach Craig Berube said. "It is different. There was a coaching change last year, changing a lot of things system-wise and things like that. It is different.
December 18, 2014 |
CLAUDE GIROUX roared through the neutral zone and dished off to Jake Voracek inside the Tampa Bay Lightning zone. Time was running out - under 2 minutes to play - and the Flyers needed just one goal to remain undefeated in regulation in six straight games. Craig Berube had five forwards and Mark Streit on the ice, with goalie Steve Mason pulled for the extra attacker. Two of those five forwards are in the top five in the NHL in points. Another is in the top 10 in goals. Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier could have been on the ice. Without execution, without crisp passing, there is no last-minute magic.
December 16, 2014 |
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.
December 15, 2014 |
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.
December 13, 2014 |
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.
December 12, 2014 |
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.