Meltzer’s Musings: Schenn & Simmonds Switch; Practice Updates

TRADING PLACES: SCHENN SOARING, SIMMONDS STRUGGLING

Confidence is fickle sometimes, even for the better players on a hockey team. A player can get into a groove for weeks at a time, have a few games where things don't go his way and then suddenly he starts pressing. On the flip side, a player might be mired on a slump, score a goal or drop the gloves and suddenly the frustration dissolves into

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Meltzer’s Musings: Habs Double Up Flyers, Phantoms, Prospects, Quick Hits

LEAKY PENALTY KILLING DOOMS FLYERS AGAIN IN 6-3 LOSS IN MONTREAL

Heading into this weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers had a five-night schedule break before playing back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens. It appears that the Flyers penalty kill sailed through the Bermuda Triangle during the break, because it has disappeared without a trace.

For the second s

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Flyers Gameday: 11/14/14 @ MTL; Flyers Lose Sloppy to CBJ

PREVIEW: FLYERS @ CANADIENS

Looking to bounce back after a sloppy home loss on Friday to a struggling and severely depleted Columbus team, the Philadelphia Flyers (7-6-2) are back in action on Saturday night as they head to Quebec to take on the Montreal Canadiens (12-4-1). Game time is 7:00 p.m. EST. The game will be televised locally on CSN Philadelphia and nationally on NHL Network.

This

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Meltzer’s Musings: Umberger, Injury Updates, Quick Hits

FLYERS INJURY UPDATES

Following yesterday's practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall updated the media on the status of numerous injured players:

* Defenseman Andrew MacDonald (right knee) is still on track to return late in November but his skating session last Thursday did not go as well as hoped. Hextall denied that the player had a setba

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Meltzer’s Musings: Voracek, Practice Updates, Quick Hits

VORACEK: EVOLUTION OF A PLAYER

Over the last month or so, there have been numerous stories written about how Jakub Voracek's improved conditioning has played a major role in his dramatic success in the early going of the 2014-15 regular season. Voracek has repeatedly and patiently answered the same questions about what he did over the summer to report to training camp at 208 pounds.

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Meltzer’s Musings: Practice Updates, Sanheim, Phantoms, Quick Hits

FLYERS PRACTICE REPORT

After taking a complete off-day yesterday, the Flyers resume practice today at the Skate Zone in preparation for a home game on Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Practice starts at 10:30 a.m. EST.

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald (lower body, believed to be a right knee injury) is expected to participate in practice today. He resumed skating at last Thursday's morn

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Meltzer’s Musings: Off-Day Updates, Sanheim in Super Series, Pelle

FLYERS OFF-DAY UPDATES

The Flyers are taking a complete off day today, with no dryland or on-ice activities. Practice resumes per normal tomorrow at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. Several items of note:

* The Flyers will be without defenseman Luke Schenn for approximately two weeks due to an upper body (i.e. left shoulder) injury sustained on Saturday night when he crashed into the end bo

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