Twelve Games of Fate

With apologies Lee Marvin and the cast of The Dirty Dozen, I went on CSN this week and wrote on the website that the Flyers upcoming schedule should be aptly titled, “The Deadly Dozen.”

Twelve games against teams that are all ahead of them in the standings or have more points than them. Twelve games against 12 teams that are all holding playoff positions. As do the Flyers.

This is gonna

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Ray Emery Update

The last time Ray Emery was on the ice handling shots for more than five minutes was Feb. 27 during the Flyers 7-3 blowout loss to San Jose.

He tried last Monday and had to quit early because he groin pull was bothering him too much.

Emery returned to the net today for his first Flyers practice in more than 11 days and handled things well.

Not well enough to play, though. Steve Mason wil

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Solid Bounce Back Win for Flyers

The record now reads: 4-0-1.

Whenever the Flyers have gotten blown out by 4 goals or more ... the next game, they bounce back and gain a point.

Saturday's crucial 4-2 win over the Rangers that drew them to within a single point of 2nd place New York in the Metro Division, was the fourth win in the scenario where they lost by 4 or more goals the previous game.

This was a character win, too

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Stadium Series

Penguins / Blackhawks at famed Soldier Field on Saturday in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

Apparently, from the tweets I saw tonight, the ice conditions at the rink were very good, too and the weather for this time of year wasn't all that windy, either.

Courtesy of the NHL and asapsports, here's the transcript from Pens coach Dan Bylsma today"

DAN BYLSMA: We have a couple of

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Timonen Back But Won’t Play

Kimmo Timonen will NOT play Thursday night when the Flyers resume their NHL schedule against the San Jose Sharks.

He literally has no skating legs and is still tired and trying to readjust to our time zone. He admitted he is no longer "a young boy" who can make that trans-Atlantic adjustment as fast as he once could.

Flyers coach Craig Berube agreed, too, saying that several of his Olympic

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The NHL Will Go to South Korea, Just as It Went to Sochi

Weeks before the Winter Olympics began, all I kept hearing from people in and around the game of hockey who WEREN'T players was that Sochi would be it for the NHL.

The time difference didn't help the league or viewers. The revenues could not possibly make up for dollars lost by shutting down the NHL for nearly three weeks. The momentum of the divisional races and daily changes in the standings

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Favorable Spot

There's a lot to like about the Flyers chances going into the Olympic break.

They've won four in a row, five of their last six games.

Their power play and penalty kill are ranked in the NHL's top 10.

They have outscored opponents 20-9 in the last six games.

Goalies Steve Mason (5GP) and Ray Emery (1GP) have combined for a 1.34 GAA and .958 save percentage over that span.

Craig Berub

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Great Road Trip

Whodathunk?

The Flyers took 4 of 6 points on their West Coast swing.

It was an impressive trip because they played consistently good the entire trip, even during the one loss in Anaheim.

Tight checking. Puck support, They skated. They competed. They had solid goaltending from Steve Mason.

“It was a great, overall trip,” Mason told me. “Even the game in Anaheim, I thought we p

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Downie In, Vinny Moves Again

Some lineup changes for tonight's Flyers game as they host Detroit.

Steve Downie is back in the lineup, while Andrej Meszaros remains out in favor of Erik Gustafsson.

“I’m looking for him to be an intense hockey player,” coach Craig Berube said of Downie when I asked him this morning about the re-entry.

“The Steve Downie that I know wins one-on-one battles in the corner, comes

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Not Just One Issue, But Several

Team defense.

Confidence in one another.

Puck support.

Cutting down penalties.

When a team goes through a stretch of horrific games like the Flyers have, to lose any one of those things from it's overall game plan can cause problems.

But to lose ALL of those aspects of their team play can bring about disaster which is why the Flyers have gone from 2nd in the Metro Division to 4th an

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