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POSTED ON Monday, 11.4.2013 / 6:51 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – What happened on Friday night has been the talk of hockey circles nationwide for the past few days.

The Flyers choice to let off the frustration and steam of a bad start to the season highlighted by a blowout loss at home to a division rival by involving themselves in five fights in a game – with four at one time – stirred the pot about the need for fighting in hockey as well as the questioning of the goalie fight – if you want to call it that – between Ray Emery and a very unwilling Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.

Of course, listening to some out of town commentary regarding the fight, especially when words like “assault” are being bandied about can be equally aggravating as the losing itself. Some treated the event like it was unencumbered violence at the ice capades.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.3.2013 / 8:31 AM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – For Hal Gill, the path back to playing even one game that matters this season has certainly been a winding one.

The 38-year-old defenseman, who has made a career based totally on size, smarts and guile rather than speed, energy or skill (although his nickname is “Skillsey,” which is awesome), needed someone to take a chance on him in a role he’s never played in order not to become one of those classic veteran salary cap casualties that have seen too many good careers end too soon because of monetary restrictions.

So, when Gill was offered a tryout contract by the Flyers, it was the best offer he could get, he took it.

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.1.2013 / 3:11 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – The NHL handed out its three stars of the month of October and not surprisingly, there wasn’t a Flyer on the list.

Really, not anyone even deserved consideration after a 3-8-0 start, the slowest start in franchise history through 11 games.

Frankly, it’s hard to come up with three stars of the month of October on the team, never mind league-wide candidacy.

If I had to, I’d name Sean Couturier No. 3 for his fine work as a shutdown center against the top lines of the opposition, his excellent work on a Top 10 penalty kill, and his vastly improved faceoff abilities.

Vinny Lecavalier would be No. 2 for his influx of offense on a team that has really struggled to find any.

As for No. 1, well that’s a bit of a no brainer. Because the Flyers might not have a win this season were it not for Steve Mason – and it’s a shame that he’s flown under the radar nationally.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.31.2013 / 1:42 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – In need of a shakeup, the Flyers traded one gritty forward for another – who is all too familiar with the Flyers organization.

The Flyers traded Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche Thursday in exchange for Steve Downie. Downie was originally a Flyers draft pick, selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL entry draft.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 2:30 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

For once, the Flyers may be able to overcome a bad start.

Don’t say any of this in the locker room, because the Flyers have done a nice job of late narrowing their focus to only worry about the task at hand and not look ahead at what’s coming down the road, but as someone who has nothing better to do than sit here and look at hockey schedules while waiting for puck drop, I can safely say now that the Flyers may not be in as bad a shape as everyone thought as recently as six days ago.

Sure, a couple of wins can maybe cloud your vision with blinding optimism – and it’s certainly possible that when the stretch of games I’m about to talk about are over the Flyers find themselves worse off than being just five points out of a playoff spot (as they currently are with a couple games in hand).

But, it’s just as possible, if not more likely, that what I’m about to lay out in front of you will happen, and all the worries of that 1-7-0 start will have dissipated.

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.28.2013 / 6:05 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – So, Andrej Meszaros will be back in the lineup for the Flyers tomorrow against the high-powered Anaheim Ducks (nee: Mighty).

Head coach Craig Berube said he wanted to get Meszaros back into the lineup after sitting out the past five games.

Meszaros will replace Erik Gustafsson in the lineup. Gustafsson had a rough night on defense against the New York Islanders, one of the few Flyers who wasn’t clicking on all cylinders.

Many will view this as a demotion for Gustafsson, but I’m told it’s not that, but more a chance to get Meszaros feeling good about himself again.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 7:15 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

There was certainly a lot of good feeling and merriment following the Flyers win on Long Island Saturday.

But rather than selfishly keeping it to themselves, the Flyers did something unique and special Sunday.

Oh, they practiced. When you are climbing out of an early season hole as the Flyers are doing, you can’t afford to let a good day of work slip by, but they weren’t at one of their usual haunts, namely the Voorhees Skate Zone or the Wells Fargo Center.

Instead, the Flyers took their practice on the road – sorta – and took to the ice in the Kensington section of Philadelphia at the Scanlon Ice rink, one of the refurbished hockey homes of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.25.2013 / 2:13 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – There is certainly a furor brewing out there about the Flyers decision to send Tye McGinn back down to the Phantoms Friday.

Local hockey scribes and frustrated fans alike took to social media to lament/criticize/both this decision by the Flyers.

On the surface, it’s certainly understandable. After all, McGinn does lead the team in goals with three and for the life of me I can’t remember the last time in the NHL that a team sent their leading goal scorer to the minors.

So, there is that.

But, it should be noted that this decision goes well beyond the fact that McGinn scored three goals in two games last week.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:04 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – Vinny Lecavalier didn’t want to be the one who said it… so he let his coach do the talking.

Widely expected to return to the lineup after dealing with a dreaded lower-body-injury for the past two weeks, Lecavalier, barring tripping over a door jamb on his way into the Wells Fargo Center later this afternoon, will be back for the Flyers after a three game absence.

“It’s looking like that,” Berube said. “He looked good. He’s skating well and moving well.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 5:05 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

VOORHEES, N.J. – One of the items that has seemingly slid to the back burner of the observer’s conscience that coach Craig Berube said he wanted to bring to the Flyers is the notion of accountability.

Berube insisted that was going to be his approach as coach – holding his players accountable for their own play.

He hasn’t been shy in criticizing players when they are subpar.

He called out Jay Rosehill in his first game as coach. He said Zac Rinaldo crossed the line against Phoenix.

His message is starting to get through.

Take Kimmo TImonen for example.

The veteran defenseman has been demoted off of the Flyers top power play unit for the first time since he was brought here in 2007.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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