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A Flyers Fan’s Wish List for Christmas 2010

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , on November 16, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet but if you don’t start your list early no one gets you anything good.

1) Jarome Iginla.

Like most X-mas lists, I started out with my long shot, hoping Santa will somehow manage to pull off a Christmas miracle. Paul “Santa” Holmgren would really have to crunch the numbers to figure out how to fit Iggy’s $7 million cap hit in all our mess. But no worries, The Flames’ management are not the sharpest tools in the NHL toolbox. I could see a big package deal for Iginla being done. Flames did that last year with Dion Phaneuf. Scott Hartnell, Michael Leighton, and Daniel Carcillo (Just shy of 6 million in salary) for Jarome Iginla. Fantasies huh? Alright throw in the Flyers’ 1st, I don’t think the end of the 1st round this year will be anything good anyway.

Iginla could bring some hardware to Philly

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10 Things the Flyers Proved This Year

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

1) Coach Laviolette makes his own decisions

Whether you like it or not, Laviolette is pulling the strings. This is a breath of fresh air after a coach, John Stevens, who towed the company line. Laviolette manages the personnel his way and I don’t agree with it all the time but at least he is not afraid to make tough calls.

2) Flyers are still missing that last scoring winger

Laviolette and the Flyers run a 3 scoring line attack, meaning they need 6 scoring wingers. They currently suit 5 up a night. These five would be Zherdev, Hartnell, JVR, Leino and Carter or Giroux (whichever is not playing center). Instead of going out and getting that sixth winger, they have inserted a carousel of defensive and checking wingers into that last slot. These types would be Powe, Nodl, Wellwood, and Carcillo. That one extra scoring winger would give us 10,15,20 more goals a year and allow for all  three lines to reach their full offensive potential. Continue reading

Flyers at Hurricanes (11/11)

Posted in Around the NHL, Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by cameronekynett

The Philadelphia Flyers skate into Raleigh, North Carolina tonight for a conference showdown.  The Flyers will look to stumble the Hurricane’s dangerous young scoring attack.  The Hurricane’s come in third in their division, looking to gain some ground on the high-flying Capitals.

The ‘Cane’s are incredibly dangerous 5 on 5, scoring 32 of their teams 43 total goals this season at even strength.  They’ll look to bounce back from the last meeting between these two teams where the Flyers skated away with a 3-2 victory thanks to a pair of goals by Scott Hartnell.

The young guns of the ‘Cane’s will be leading the way offensively.  18-year-old Jeff Skinner is tied with captain Eric Staal for the team lead in points with 15.  Skinner, a first round pick in this past draft, is a talented kid with a great skill set and offensive vision.  I’ll definitely look to him to have an impact tonight.

On the other side of the puck, the Flyers are also led in points by some youth.  Claude Giroux has started this season on a tear much like he ended the last one.  14 points in 15 games for Giroux.  Also on the offensive attack for the Flyers will be Danny Briere.  Looking to rebound from a questionable suspension call, Briere has not scored since his return after a very hot start.  Look for Briere to chip in on the offense as he does so often.

In between the pipes for the Flyers will most likely be Sergei Bobrovsky.  This rookie Russian phenom has taken the NHL by storm so far and looks to keep up his pace with a win against a conference foe.  Last game Carolina gave the start to Justin Peters who, despite playing very well, came back with a loss.  I would expect the ‘Canes to go with Cam Ward in this one.  The former Conn Smythe winner may be just what Carolina needs to go two games above .500.

Neither of these two teams have been very impressive on special teams.  The Flyers are at just 17.9% on the power play, a narrow edge over the 15.1% of the Hurricanes.  This game will come down to the penalty kills.  Both teams have struggled on the power play so whoever can limit the other teams chances when up a man will be successful.

My prediction? Danny Briere has a very good history against Carolina, so I’m picking Philadelphia with a 5-3 win.  Briere getting first star honors for the night.

Game of the Night 11/7

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2010 by matthewfobrien

The game of the night again features two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals will be squaring off in the first of four meetings this season today at the Verizon Center at 5:00 PM. Hopefully both teams come ready to play for this early start on a day where the clocks have been rolled back.

Will Ovechkin score against Sergei Bobrovsky and the Flyers tonight?

Washington (9-4-0)  is currently riding a three game winning streak into this game including one against the Boston Bruins on Friday. They are first in the Southeast Division, second in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the entire league. They are led by who else but Alexander Ovechkin who has 17 pts (8 g 9 a) in the teams first thirteen games. Alex Semin, Nick Backstrom, Brooks Laich, and Mike Green round out the top 5 in scoring for the Caps. The Caps offense is average 3.31 G/G and 2.46 GA/G. Tonight would have been the first matchup between 22-year old rivals Sergei Bobrovsky and Semyon Varlamov, who have battled against each other growing up as top goalie in Russia, but an injury to the groin of Varlamov will keep him out of the lineup again tonight. That means Michael Neuvrith should see his twelfth start of the season. Neuvirth has been good for the Caps this season posting an 8-3 record, a .914 and a 2.41.

Philadelphia (9-4-1) is riding a six game winning streak, despite not having Danny Briere for the last three. He served his last game of his suspension last night and will be back in the lineup tonight. That means head coach Peter Laviolette has some tough decisions to make prior to the start of this one. Eric Wellwood has played very well in his first few games in a Flyers uniform, assisting on fellow rookie Andres Nodl’s game winner last night. Wellwood also played an integral part in Mike Richards first period goal. James Van Riemsdyk was a healthy scratch last night as both Wellwood and Nodl played alongside captain Mike Richards on the first line. Perhaps the easiest decision that Laviolette has is who will start in goal. I would expect no one other than rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky who has backstopped the Flyers in every game on the current win streak and has the opportunity to tie Pelle Lindbergh for most consecutive wins by a Flyers rookie. If you don’t know, Lindberg was perhaps the last great goalie the Flyers had before being tragically killed in a drunk driving accident. The Flyers offense has been firing 0n all cylinders lately, scoring 3.07 goals/game while allowing just 2.21 against/game.

Special teams could be the key tonight, but both teams have similar numbers. The Flyers powerplay is clicking at 18.5% over the season but has been connecting for about 30% during their winning streak. The Flyers penalty kill is always among the tops in the league and it is no different this year as they have killed off 87.3% of opponents opportunities. The

Mike Richards has his Flyers 1st in the East, can they keep it up?

Caps powerplay is 18.4% and their penalty kill is at 86.2%. I would hope the refs let them play this game though and let the teams decide who is better. It should be a good back and forth game, like it usually is between these teams. The Caps went 3-0-1 last season against the Flyers. I would say that in a close, well-fought game, the Flyers barely eke out a 3-1 victory, with the defense being the deciding factor for Philadelphia and Sergei Bobrovsky being the first star of the game as he shuts down Ovechkin and the high powered Washington offense.

Flyers vs. Islanders 11/6

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , on November 6, 2010 by thomaskrulikowski

The last match-up between these two teams on Mischief Night last Saturday was mischievous indeed. Daniel Briere was suspended over a slash to the head in all of the fracas that was the late third period. Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro tried to drop gloves with any willing party. The game is still fresh in the minds of all the players and although Danny Briere is serving his last game of the suspension and won’t be playing, the Islanders will definitely seek retribution.

The suddenly heated rivalry is a good thing for Flyers fans. Flyers/Islanders games of the past had been less than enthralling. The bitterness will definitely change that.

The Flyers are riding a 5 game win streak and a hot goalie coming into this game. Sergei Bobrovsky, who I thought might get the night off to rest for a big game tomorrow against Washington but will in fact start tonight, has played well all year for the club but has really come into his own and shined his last 5 starts. Pelle Lindbergh holds the Flyers record for most consecutive wins for a rookie goaltender at 7. Bobrovsky looks to tie that by the end of Sunday. Andreas Nodl is back from injury tonight and has bumped James van Reimsdyk from the lineup. JVR has yet to score but has 4 assists this year. Many fans are concerned with his production. But I am not. JVR will most likely follow the path of fellow New Jersey native, power forward and second overall pick Bobby Ryan, which means it may be another year before he grows into his body fully and sees big production. Plus with the Flyers’ offense playing well his lack of scoring is not hurting the team. His defense, passing and board work have greatly improved and that helps the team every night. Hopefully a night or two off will jump-start his production on his return.

The New York Islanders have 10 points in 13 games and sit 13th in the Eastern Conference. They are a young team with solid promise. This year has been much like many of the past– a year of growing pains. Rick DiPietro has never been the same since his injuries, posting a 4.21 gaa. John Tavares has 9 points in 10 games and is the only true bright spot on Long Island.

If the Flyers’ D can keep Tavares off the board, they should easily be able to handle the Islanders, much like they have for the past two years.

Wild card: Depending on how the Flyers and Islanders handle their aggression, one team may see an influx of PP opportunities. This could swing the game either way and make it a blow out real fast. Discipline is the key of the game tonight.

Star of the Game: Daniel Briere.

Despite the fact he will be sitting in the Press box all game, Daniel Briere gave the game tonight a level of excitement that usually does not accompany a Flyers/Islanders match.

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Flyers vs Rangers Preview 11/4

Posted in Philadelphia Flyers with tags , , , , on November 4, 2010 by matthewfobrien
Sergei Bobrovsky

Bobrovsky and the Flyers will take on the Rangers tonight at 7 PM

This is the first meeting between these two teams since the infamous shootout on the last day of the season last year that saw the Flyers grab the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and sent the Rangers to the golf course. The Rangers (6-4-1) will have no easy task this time around either, as the Flyers (7-4-1) are currently riding a 4 game winning streak and have looked very impressive in doing so. The Rangers are coming off a win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, beating them 3-2. Ryan Callahan had two assists in that game, extending his point streak to 7. Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for the Rangers which is no surprise. Lundqvist is 14-7-3 against the Flyers with a 2.79 GAA and 2 shutouts in his career. For the Flyers, rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will be making his fifth consecutive appearance, going 4-0 in his last five games. Bobrovsky has a .918 Sv% and a 2.39 GAA in 8 games this season. Claude Giroux seems to have carried his post-season performance into this year, leading the Flyers in goals (7) and points (12). Jeff Carter is not far behind, registering 6 g-5a-11pts in the first 12 games. Danny Briere will not be in the lineup, serving his second of a three-game suspension for an incident that occurred against the Islanders on 10/30. The Atlantic Division lead is on the line tonight so expect this to be a classic Rangers Flyers match-up. Game starts at 7:00 PM ET airing on RIS, MSG (HD), and CSN-PH (HD), I wouldn’t want to miss this one.

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