Meltzer’s Musings: Blocked and Blocked Again

For the first time in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers had a territorial advantage for the decided majority of a game. Philadelphia outshot New York by a 32-23 margin in Game Three and generated some of their best forechecking pressure of the series. The breakouts also continued to improve. For the first time in the series, the Flyers

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Flyers Playoff Gameday: ECQF Game 3 vs. NYR

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 3: Flyers vs. Rangers

Needing a home win to forge ahead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series after splitting the first two games at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 8:00 p.m. EDT. The match will be televised locally on CSN Philly, nationally in th

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Meltzer’s Musings: Never a Question of Resiliency, Practice Updates

No one who watched the Philadelphia Flyers throughout the 2013-14 regular season would question the team's resiliency in the face off adversity. Therefore, it was not surprising that the Flyers found a way to battle from an early 2-0 deficit yesterday at Madison Square Garden and won the game, 4-2, to knot their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers at one game apiece.

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Flyers Playoff Gameday: ECQF Game 2 @ NYR

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 2: Flyers @ Rangers

Needing a win to achieve a split of two games at Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Flyers will take on the New York Rangers in Game Two of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. Game time is noon eastern. The match will be televised nationally in the United States on NBC and across Canada on TSN.

On Thursday, the Flyers ha

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Meltzer’s Musings: Adjustments Start With Skating, Phantoms Finale

Key Adjustments for Game Two: It Starts with Skating and Puck Pursuit

Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Philadelphia Flyers were a Jekyll and Hyde team. Much of the root cause of the difference between the team that knocked off a series of top contenders and the struggling version could be found in the game's three most fundamental elements: skating, puck pursuit and possession.

From his v

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Meltzer’s Musings: The Good, Bad and Ugly as Flyers Drop Game 1

The Philadelphia Flyers dropped the first game of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers, losing 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. Special teams failures and discipline lapses proved to be the Flyers' undoing, along with Philly's inability to get pucks behind the New York defense and set up a forecheck.

The game entered the third period tied at 1-1 before the Rangers

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Flyers Playoff Gameday: ECQF Game 1 @ NYR

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game 1: Flyers @ Rangers

Hockey's true season has begun. The Philadelphia Flyers will look to take the first step toward a mild upset of the New York Rangers when the longtime rivals clash tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Once the playoffs start, regular season records and even previous head-to-head meetings d

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Meltzer’s Musings: Line Matching, Team Stat Comparisons

LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS

One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team.

After yeste

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Meltzer’s Musings: Post-Practice Updates, Gostisbehere Signs ELC

The Flyers conducted a brisk practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees as they begin to prepare in earnest for Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The practice ran sufficiently long that both rinks at the Skate Zone were used, ala training camp.

Philadelphia practiced with the following lines:

Scott Hartnell - Claude

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Meltzer’s Musings: Regular Season Finale, Pre-Playoff Thoughts

FLYERS PULL OFF ONE FINAL REGULAR SEASON COMEBACK

Yesterday's regular season finale at the Wells Fargo Center had no bearing on the standings or playoff matchups, but that did not stop the Philadelphia Flyers from battling back from deficits of 4-1 and 5-4 to capture a point against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes won via shootout.

A pair of goals by Wayne Simmonds, including the game-ty

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