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POSTED ON Monday, 11.25.2013 / 4:52 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

SUNRISE, Fla. – When the Flyers arrive in Tampa tomorrow in preparation for their game Wednesday night against the Lightning, all the attention will be on the homecoming for Vinny Lecavalier.

Amidst all that hullaballoo, it’s a good bet that Steve Downie will steal off down the hallway to go chat with Lightning captain Martin St. Louis.

After all, it was St. Louis who Downie credits as the guy who showed him how to mature and play the right way in hockey.

“As you get older and learn the game you mature as a player,” Downie said. “When I came up with Philly, it was a tough lineup to break into but I played the role even though I didn’t get much ice. When I got traded to Tampa I was given more of an opportunity and I got to play with some great players.

“Marty helped me out a lot. When you get the opportunity to be around great players, you can’t help but get better.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.23.2013 / 5:42 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – There have been a lot of buzzwords around the Flyers during this run of good play that has made the rounds.

Skating. Yep, that’s important.

Play without the puck. The key to good defense, gotcha.

Accountability – Players have jobs and roles and they are being held responsible for them, which brings a certain amount of pride in your work because you are doing what you’re told.

Repetition – Have you been to a Craig Berube practice? It plays like shampoo directions: Rinse, wash, repeat.

Consistency – Ahh, there’s an interesting one. Let’s delve into this one shall we?

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 3:45 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – There was one thing that Erik Gustafsson and Luke Schenn really didn’t like about being healthy scratches a couple weeks ago.

Well, they didn’t like not being in the lineup – that’s a given. But aside from that there was one other thing that was really unpleasant.

“You have to work harder than everyone else just to get back in,” said Gustafsson, referring to the intense skating workouts that scratched players go through as they spend a good 30 minutes longer on the ice after practices than the guys in the lineup. “You don’t want to have to do that too long.”

No, you don’t, which is why Gustafsson and Schenn talked about their lot, sitting in the press box in Carolina earlier this month.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 3:36 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – As much as Craig Berube has preached for his forwards to get back and help his defense, he has equally been pushing for the defense to jump up and help the offense.

While the former seemed to come together pretty quickly, the latter is still a work in progress… but it’s definitely been better.

“When I took over that was one of the things I really stressed – getting the defense involved in the rush and on breakouts and skating up ice,” Berube said. “That helps both the attack and the breakouts. When you have guys like [Mark] Streit and Kimmo [Timonen] and [Erik] Gustafsson… all of them really. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are or fast you are – get up there. When other teams see four guys coming on the rush it backs them off.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 4:42 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – Adam Hall has always been a go-to guy in the faceoff circle. But what he’s been doing lately has been epic.

His last 35 draws, he’s won 30 of them. Think about that a sec. He’s won 85.7 percent of his draws in the last five games.

“Sometimes you get a little streaky and you feel like you have good timing,” said Hall, not wanting to bring attention to the run. “If you find something that’s working you just try to ride it as long as you can.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.15.2013 / 5:48 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

WINNIPEG, Manitoba –According to the official stat sheets, the Flyers have just 12 giveaways in their last three games. This comes on the heels of having zero in a game two weeks ago in a shutout of New Jersey.

Now, it should be pointed out that while these stats are technically official, they are incredibly subjective from arena to arena.

Nevertheless, it is certainly an indicator that the Flyers are playing smarter hockey.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.13.2013 / 4:14 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PITTSBURGH – Quick… who is the only current Flyers forward to have played on all four lines this season?

I’m certain the first name to jump into your head was not Michael Raffl. And yet, he’s the answer.

Adding to his versatility resume, Raffl has also played on the power play and on the penalty kill.

Having him on the roster was one of the reasons Max Talbot became moveable in a trade for a better offensive player – because Raffl was versatile enough to do some of the things Talbot was doing for the Flyers.

And frankly, his play has been a bit surprising to everyone around the organization.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2013 / 3:31 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

OTTAWA, Ontrario – After spending the night at the Hall of Fame induction gala in Toronto last night, I’m pretty amazed that I made it to Ottawa in time for the morning skate today, but I did.

In retrospect, I probably should have slept in and taken a later flight. But, I didn’t, and now I’m tasked with update you, constant reader, on the state of the Flyers based on what I saw for about 20 minutes this morning at the Canadian Tire Arena (nee: ScotiaBank Place, nee: Corel Center).

Well, to put it bluntly, there ain’t much – which is why I’m going to talk about last night for the most part instead.

However, for those of you wanting the latest news and without much interest in Hall of Fame night, I’ll give you the, “ What you need to know” right off the top.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 7:02 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – As Nick Grossmann removes his equipment after practice, he looks like a Roman Gladiator.

Dripping with sweat, he removes more padding and supportive gear than maybe any other athlete in the game of hockey.

There are pads beneath his shoulder pads. There are not one, but two knee braces. There is extra cushioning around his ankles. His wrists are taped. His helmet has that little bit of extra padding that guys who have suffered concussions have added to it for a bit more safety.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 4:53 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

RALEIGH, N.C. – Long after the bus had left bringing the Flyers back to their hotel for their afternoon naps in anticipation of the night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, three Flyers and one assistant coach remain behind in the PNC Arena.

The coach, Ian Laperriere, is a bit of a task master. He pushes the envelope a bit with the three players, all who will not play in the game that night.

Just when they think they are going to do one particular skating drill twice, they do it four times. Then, when they think they are done, they switch sides of the ice and do it again – four more times.

There is more… a lot more. They stay on the ice almost a full hour after everyone else finished their morning routine. So much so that they are winded, trying to catch their breath as they ake their way to the locker room.

On this day, the threesome consists of forward Jay Rosehill and defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Luke Schenn.

While this is nothing new to Rosehill or Gustafsson, who have seen their share of healthy scratches, for Schenn, it’s not a common theme.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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