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pens on the verge of elimination
(4/14) After a relatively successful regular season for the Pittsburg Penguins, they find themselves in a position that no playoff team wants to be put in. They are down three games to none against the New York Islanders, meaning that the Islanders need just one more win in order to punch their ticket to the next round. The Penguins need to win four straight games to keep their season alive, and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby weighed in on that, after their loss yesterday.
flyers eliminated, silver linings
(3/31) The Flyers finally were eliminated from playoff contention for good after a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sat, March 31, 2019. Although the team put up a valiant effort in the final third of the season, their early season struggles could not be overcome. Even though the team has no chance of getting into the playoffs in these final games, there still is reason to tune in. Carter Hart has shown his promise with wins over multiple top-10 teams, and was a major reason the Flyers were even this close to the playoffs. The defense has been inconsistent this season, but the development of Travis Sanheim and Phillipe Myers along with the other young defenseman is truly a cause for hope. They face division rival NYR on Sunday, game time at 12:30.
After an up and down season filled with management, coaching, and player changes, the Philadelphia Flyers were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, March 31st . This can be viewed as a disappointing season for fans of the orange and black, but all hope is not lost as several key young players such as Phil Meyers, Travis Sanheim, Travis Konecny, and Carter Hart have taken key steps and are primed for career years come the 2019-2020 NHL season.
bernie parent praises carter hart
(3/23) If there is anyone’s opinion Flyer’s fans respect around here, it must be city and community icon Bernie Parent. Last night, the flyers kept their slim chances alive in a 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks and on-fire Patrick Kane. A big part of the win was the play of rookie goaltender Carter Hart, who had 40 saves on the night. Parent had this to say about the phenom goalie, “He seems to be like Gretzky used to be, anticipating not to go where the puck was, but where he thought the puck was going to be… You can’t teach that.” Parent went on to say that he sees, “Nothing but sunshine for this kid — that’s for sure.” To keep their chances of playoffs alive, the Flyers must win their next game against the rival Islanders.
voracek suspended 2 games
(3/10) The NHL Department of Player Safety made an announcement today that Jakub Voracek, winger for the Philadelphia Flyers, is suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman, Johnny Boychuck. This suspension is viewed as highly controversial among fans in the NHL, as consistency among suspensions in the league seem to vary from team to team. This is also an important blow to the Flyers as a team. Voracek is an important player for the Flyers, who are struggling to find their way into a playoff spot.
lightning continue to strike
(3/3) The story of the NHL this year has been the Tampa Bay Lightning. A seemingly unstoppable powerhouse with players like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Bradyen Point, Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, and Andrei Vasilevisky, the Bolts tied NHL history on Saturday afternoon. The Lightning tied the 1995-1996 Detroit Red Wings for the fastest team to reach 50 wins. Both teams did so in their 66 th game. With this record under their belt, this sets up another record the Lightning could possibly break this season. With 16 games left to be played, the Lightning need to win 12 more, or 13 to break the NHL record for most wins in a single season.
flyers beat devils
(3/2) The Flyers traveled a short distance to face the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center Friday night,and left with two points as they won 6-3. Sadly, not much ground was made up in the standings as Pittsburgh was the only team to drop a point. The Canadiens, Hurricanes, and Capitals all took victories, not assisting the Flyers in any way. Essentially, the Flyers need to win every game if they want to get into the playoffs. They are five pints back of Columbus, who just loaded their roster and are making an all- out push for the Stanley Cup Finals. James Van Riemsdyk continued his budding hot streak, as he finished the night with two goals and an assist. Travis Konecny seems to have become the Flyers new enforcer-type player, as he was sticking up for teammates all night. The Flyers, taking one game at a time take on the Islanders on Sunday.
flyers trade simmonds to nashville
(2/25) As the clock hit zero on the NHL trade deadline, Flyers fan sat and waited for late news on a trade for Wayne Simmonds. The All-star power forward was shipped to Nashville this afternoon for Forward Ryan Hartman and a 2020 4th round conditional pick. That draft pick can turn into a 3rdrounder if Nashville wins a playoff series with Simmonds. Wayne was a fan favorite during his time in Philadelphia with his dirty goals and gritty playing style. After the Stadium series game on Saturday night, captain Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek were emotional talking about their fellow teammate saying he is a great friend. Simmonds goes to Nashville to help their struggling power play and play for former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. On the return, Flyers will get a young forward in Hartman who was originally drafted in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks. He will make his Flyers debut Tuesday vs. Buffalo.
flyers beat penguins outdoors
(2/24) After what seemed like an eternity of losing outdoor games, the Flyers managed to pull off a seemingly unmanageable comeback during the 2019 NHL Stadium Series. In an intense matchup with their rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers found themselves down 3-1 with under three minutes to go in the third period. However, the Flyers found inspiration under the lights of Lincoln Financial Field, and managed to make it 3-2 on a late powerplay, courtesy of forward James VanRiemsdyk. With goalie Brian Elliott pulled, and under 20 seconds to go, forward Jake Voracek scored from a near impossible angle to tie the game at 3-3. Despite the elements, the Flyers persevered and took the Penguins to overtime. In almost movie-like fashion, the Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, walked into the offensive zone, around a defenseman, and fired the puck on net, getting it past Penguins goalie Matt Murray, and winning the game for the Flyers. This was an important win for the Flyers both morale wise, and standings wise, as the Flyers now sit seven points out of a playoff spot, with 20 games left to play in the season.
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flyers powerplay struggles
(2/23) The Flyers powerplay has been overall bad this season, and is made more disappointing with the talent the Flyers have. Wayne Simmonds has the second-most powerplay goals in the league behind Alex Ovechkin since the beginning of the decade. Last season the Flyers scored a total of 51 times with the man advantage, this season they have scored only 31 goals through 61 games. New GM Chuck Fletcher has even went as far as sating that the Flyer’s PP is “historically unlucky.” One major gripe that has come up lately is how Giroux and Voracek have now been switched around. Giroux no longer is on the left boards able to load up a one timer, and the same goes for Voracek. During the recent run the Flyers have been on, their powerplay has actually been at 44.4%, but that is not sustainable especially with how bad the top unit has been all season. Switch Giroux and Voracek back to where they have been comfortable for years, there is little room for error if this team is still trying to sneak into the playoffs.
flyers trade stolarz for talbot
(2/18) The Flyers recently traded away young backup and frequent AHL goalie Anthony Stolarz to the Edmonton Oilers for goaltender Cam Talbot. Talbot, a former backup behind Henrik Lundqvist and former 4 th place-finisher in the Vezina Trophy race in 2016 will now back up behind Carter Hart. Some flyers fans are not sure how to feel about this trade, as Stolarz flashed potential in the past. However, Cam Talbot and Carter Hart actually work out together and Hart even went as far as to call him “his mentor.” Talbot even waived his no-trade clause to come to Philly, and called it a “no-brainer.” Talbot has proven in the past to be a very solid backup and can be a starter in the NHL. Do not let Edmonton’s train wreck of a season distract you from the potential upside. With the possibility of Talbot returning next season if all goes as hoped, don’t be surprised at all to see Brian Elliot and Michal Neuvirth waving goodbye.
As the NHL trade deadline is getting closer and closer the stove is getting hotter and hotter as trades continue to roll in from teams all around the league. The Philadelphia Flyers were once again one of the teams to make a trade this last week, as General Managers Chuck Fletcher and Keith Gretzky agreed to a one for one goalie swap. From the Flyers, 25 year-old, New Jersey native Anthony Stolarz was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for 31 year-old, Cam Talbot. This trade was made to bring some security in between the Flyers pipes as the Flyers organization continues to groom Carter Hart for a starting role.
Crosby vs mcdavid
(2/14) The Oilers played the Penguins this past week, and the argument over who’s the best player in the NHL currently has continued. Those two players being Pittsburgh’s long-time superstar Sidney Crosby and Edmonton’s young Phenom Connor Mcdavid. Crosby has 66 points, while Mcdavid has 82 points on the season. The debate escalated in October, when Crosby said that McDavid was the NHL’s best player. Most would think from the numbers that Crosby is the better player, but Oilers Coach Ken Hitchcock said Crosby’s 200-foot game is what separates him from everybody else. Hitchcock says McDavid is still continuing to embrace. But, the debate continues.
flyers make another trade
(2/10) General Manager Chuck Fletcher made one of his first trades at the helm of the Flyers organization on Saturday morning. The Flyers traded forward Dale Weise, and defenseman Christian Folin to the Montreal Canadiens, in exchange for forward Byron Froese and defenseman David Schlemko. This trade is revered in the eyes of many Flyers fans, as Dale Weise was not a well-liked player during his tenure in Philadelphia. His somewhat large contract and lack of production made him a scapegoat for many of the issues that the Flyers have had over the last few seasons. Along with getting rid of an overpaid player, Christian Folin’s departure from the team clears a spot for a young defenseman to step into. Philippe Myers, a young defensive prospect for the Flyers, is up with the organization and ready to step in and play his first NHL game any day now.
flyers, 6. ducks, 2. 10 things
(2/10)In another battle of the titans the Philadelphia Flyers manage to takedown the Anaheim Ducks over this past weekend. Philly failed to get it going against the Los Angeles Kings who managed to get past the Flyers 3 to 2. The same couldn’t be said for their game against the Mighty Ducks where the Flyers got out to a big lead early. Within in the first three minutes the game Phil Varone put the Flyers up 1 to 0 to give them momentum. As the first half began to come to a close Philadelphia had scored three more goals. Even though they got off to a great start it was their goalie Hart who kept them in the lead. After the intermission the Ducks were able to dominate the middle of the rank but the Flyers would hold up. Sean Couturier who is a forward for the Flyers notched three goals against the Ducks which helped propel the team. Philly ended up getting a penalty shot which was executed by Michael Raffl which put the team up 5-2. Coming down stretch the flyers would go on to score one more goal to put the Ducks away.
trade deadline looming
(2/4) As the NHL season is well over halfway through, the annual trade deadline is quickly approaching. With teams on the brink of success looking for late season additions, and teamsperforming poorly looking to sell some of their valuable players, the trade deadline is an exciting time for fans of hockey everywhere. The Florida Panthers were one of the first teams to make a splash this deadline, acquiring centers Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan, a second rond pick, and two fourth round picks from the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for players Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann. That is not the only trade buzz going around the NHL though, as it is rumored that Vezina Trophy winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, and Calder Trophy winning winger Artemi Panarin could be moved by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Along with Bobrovsky and Panarin, it is rumored that big names such as Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith from the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators, could be on the move sometime before the deadline of February 25 th . With rumors about big names like these possibly on the move, it’s nearly impossible for NHL fans to be bored.
hart of philadelphia
(2/4) Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart was named the Second Star of the Week, after going a perfect 3-0. His .931 save percentage helped the Flyers to push their winning streak to seven games, reviving hopes that the Flyers possibly could make another surprise run at the playoffs. The week was highlighted by an OT win in Boston, followed by a 40 save-night to beat Connor McDavid and the Oilers. Notably, Hart is the first goalie under the age of 21 to record a streak of 7-0 since the great Carey Price did back in the 2007-2008 season. After all of the hype surrounding his name and pressure so far by the Flyers fanbase, Hart has delivered and looks like he is here in the NHL to stay. For flyers fans wanting to tank for Jack Hughes, Hart may have something to say about that.
nhl adds 32nd team
(12/7) The NHL has officially announced that they are expanding, again, to Seattle! The Seattle (no name yet) will play their first season in 2021-2022. Similar to the 2017-2018 inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Nights, the Seattle franchise will hold an expansion draft to select their players. Assuming nothing changes, the rules of the expansion draft will stay the same, read them here: https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-expansion-draft-rules/c-281010592 Personally, I am very excited to add another team to the NHL, and hopefully the Seattle franchise can build a fanbase as quickly as Vegas did.
Light it up Laine!
(11/25) On Saturday night, Winnipeg Jets star forward, Patrik Laine, sat himself among some nice company as he became the 57th player to score 5 goals in one game. The last player to score 5 in a game was Johan Franzen of the Red Wings in 2011. With his 5 goals, Laine has moved into first place in goals in the NHL with 19 total goals. Laine has scored 16 of his 19 goals in November, putting him only 1 goal behind the record of 17 goals in a month, set by Lemieux back in November 1996. At only 20 years old, Laine looks poise to dominate the NHL for at least 15 more years. This article also shows many other records Laine has already accomplished, and is close to accomplishing.
(11/19) On Sunday, 11/18, former Blackhawks player and current NHL television analyst Eddie Olczyk laced up the skates for the Blackhawks "One More Shift". This game also happened to be Hockey Fights Cancer night at the United Center. Olczyk battled stage 3 colon cancer for most of last season, but has been considered cancer-free since March. This was an incredibly respectful gesture by the Blackhawks to honor one of their alumni, and one of the most respected analysts in the NHL.
q fired by blackhawks
(11/9) Long-time Chicago Blackhawks head coach, Joel Quenneville, was fired as head coach on Tuesday. Quenneville has coached the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup Championships since 2010. (2010, 2013, & 2015). Chicago has hired Jeremy Colliton, who coached Rockford of the AHL. The Blackhawks have lost five straight and are sixth in the Central Division.
quick out long
(11/1) LA Kings star goaltender looks to be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Quick has had a rough start to the season, with an 0-3-1 record, 4.55 GAA, and .845 save %. Last season Quick won the William Jennings Trophy for his team allowing the least amount of goals in the NHL. His stats last season were impressive, to say the least. A 33-28-3 record, 2.40 GAA, .921 save %, and 5 shutouts in 64 appearances. This is a huge loss for the Kings, who have relied on Quick's brickwall nature in net.
rookies on the rise
(10/28) There are a number of NHL rookies on the rise. If you’re a Fantasy hockey head, this is a must read. Even though the man has not put up many points through 9 games (one assist), the Sabres are going to stick with Casey Mittelstadt (center), as he’s grabbed hold of the centerman’s spot for Buffalo. Others like Elias Petterson (C, Vancouver Canuks) and Rasmus Dahlin (D, Buffalo Sabres) are worth holding onto as well.
(10/18) On Wednesday night in Calgary, the Flames took on the Boston Bruins. The Flames ended up winning the game by a score of 5-2, improving their season record to 4-2. Johnny "Hockey" Gaudreau scored his 100th career NHL goal to help lift his team over the Bruins. While Gaudreau was high on emotion from the milestone, he ended up being forced out of the game after a hit from Bruins defenseman, Charlie McAvoy. He was removed from the game on NHL concussion protocol; there was no postgame update. This could be a massive blow to the Flames, who rely heavily on Johnny Hockey's creative play and speed.
matheson to face discipline after dirty play
(10/14) On Saturday night in Florida, Panthers defensemen Mike Matheson rubbed Canucks star rookie, Elias Pettersson, hard into the boards, then slammed him to the ice. Pettersson was visibly hurt on the play, struggling to get up and stumbling his way to the bench. After needing assistance just to get to his locker room, he did not return for the rest of the game. Canucks fans are holding their breath as they wait for news on the 19 year-old Swede. In only 5 games this season, Pettersson has racked up 5 goals and 3 assists.
karlsson scores first as a shark.
(9/30) Erik Karlsson has scored his first goal as a member of the San Jose Sharks. While on the powerplay against the Stanley Cup Runner-Ups, Vegas Golden Knights, Sharks defensemen, Kevin Leblanc, sent a pass from the point down to the right circle where Karlsson easily directed the puck into the back of the net. Karlsson looks poised to put up some serious numbers on his new team, be on the look out.
Corey perry out 5 months
(9/27) Anaheim Ducks forward, Corey Perry, will be sidelined for 5 months after surgery to repair his meniscus. The Ducks will definitely be affected by this injury because Perry is one of their most prolific goal scorers, with a 30+ goal season only 2 years ago. Other teams in the NHL will look to take advantage of the Ducks missing a key player. Hopefully Perry can recover quickly and return to help the Ducks push for a playoff spot in the latter half of the season.