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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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.
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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.
âIt was a great, overall trip,â Mason told me. âEven the game in Anaheim, I thought we p
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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.
âIâm looking for him to be an intense hockey player,â coach Craig Berube said of Downie when I asked him this morning about the re-entry.
âThe Steve Downie that I know wins one-on-one battles in the corner, comes
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Confidence in one another.
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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Flyers coach Craig Berube dropped a nugget at lunch today with the assembled media.
He said he was contemplating putting Erik Gustafsson back in the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Boston Bruins.
The hard-luck, young defenseman suffered a knee sprain last month in an awkward collision at Columbus against Corey Tropp.
Although he's been healthy for a couple weeks now, Andrej Meszar
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Nothing is more frustrating than to see a team lose a game it had won.
Or blow a 2-goal lead.
And in the process, partially toss aside a very good effort from its goalie.
It happened again to the Flyers on Monday in Uniondale, NY with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders.
Loss aside, Jakub Voracek injured his left hand on a slashing from Cal Clutterbuck. The fact he went back to the
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Ten is a row at home.
Not losses, but wins.
What a difference for the Flyers of December and now January than October-November.
'Just taking advantage of an intimidating building to play in, in front of awesome fans," goalie Steve Mason said Wednesday, following the Flyers 3-1 win over Montreal.
"When I came here with Columbus, it was one of the tougher rinks to play in. When we ha
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Now that the Flyers have gotten into 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division, should they even allow themselves to think about trying to make a run at Pittsburgh?
They would say, 'yes,' but with a 17-point bulge, it's out of the question.
What the Flyers need to do now is focus on retaining second place and at least the 7th overall playoff seed.
The 5-game Western road trip was a huge suc
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A number of things stand out on the Flyers 5-game Western Canada road swing which sees the Flyers with 4 points after consecutive shootout wins.
1) You have to go back to March of 2006 to find the last time the Flyers won two games in a row in a shootout.
Simple theory here. Ilya Bryzgalov was terrible in shootouts - 4-7 with the Flyers. The team has zero confidence in his abil
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