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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Which Defensemen Gets Benched?

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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Should Have Had 2 Points

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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Fun Times on Home Ice Again

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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Goal: Keep Second Place

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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Consecutive Shootout Wins? A Pleasant Rarity

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.

Starters:

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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Set Up Nicely for Holidays

Home for the holidays.

Three days, that is, as the Flyers go into the Christmas riding a deserved high after a 4-1 win over Minnesota on Monday night.

They are over .500 - 17-16-4 _ and have the third spot in the Metro Division which means they have a playoff berth.

They are just four points behind the Washington Capitals for 2nd place, as well.

I thought Steve Mason looked a lot bette

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Does Wilson Deserve a Suspension?

Poll question: Does Tom Wilson deserve a suspension for his hit from behind on Brayden Schenn or do our readers feel Caps GM George McPhee is correct in calling the charging play "a great hit?"

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My problem with the hit is simple. Schenn turned into the boards. Yes, he put himself in a vulnerable position. Yes, he has to take responsibility for doing that.

But ... Wilson was accelerati

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Terrible Road Trip

No matter which direction you look at the Flyers' just-completed, 12-day, 6-game road trip through North America, this wasn't good.

2-3-1 doesn't cut it for a team that appeared to have turned the corner, was in contention to grab a playoff spot - third in the Metro Division _ and hang onto i.

Instead, the Flyers returned home after a 7-2 pounding by the Chicago Blackhawks who are light year

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