PHILADELPHIA – If you believe that numbers never lie, then you believe that this Flyers team should make the playoffs.
Let me explain.
Currently, the Flyers power play ranks first in the NHL in power play efficiency at 24.8 percent. They also lead the NHL in power play goals with 32.
Since the era of expansion in 1967, when the Flyers came into the league, only one team who led the NHL in power play percentage failed to make the playoffs – the 2006-07 Montreal Canadiens.
But the special teams numbers go deeper than that.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
The ceremony took place outside of Broad Street Bullies Pub at Xfinity Live prior to the Flyers-Bruins contest at Wells Fargo Center Saturday.
After the ceremony, Snider addressed the state of the Flyers and was very candid with his message about the team.
The following is a transcript of the entire interview:(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – Kimmo Timonen doesn’t want to blame the young players on the Flyers for the team’s struggles.
Yet, he was quick to point out that a second season in the NHL is the hardest season of a player’s career.
While saying the veteran players need to be better and lead the Flyers by example, he added that with so many guys in their second NHL season, it doesn’t surprise him that those struggles have emerged.
“We have a young team and we are going through some tough times,” Timonen said. “It’s not going our way. That to me is mental toughness and staying focused.
“[But] we can’t put the blame on the kids. They’re young guys and they have to learn and maybe this is their learning period. But we have to take it. Us older guys have to be better. We have to be the leaders out there and show these younger guys how to play the game. It’s too much to put the young guys in the spotlight and say that’s the reason why we are where we are.
“But, I will say this, my second season was the toughest year of my NHL career. It’s not easy. You have to work even harder to get to where you were in your first year.”(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – The injury news has gotten worse for the Flyers.
Andrej Meszaros re-injured his left shoulder in the closing minutes of yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers when he collided with a Rangers player on a clearing attempt in his own zone.
According to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, Meszaros will be out of the lineup indefinitely.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PHILADELPHIA – There are times in every hockey season when a player who is struggling does a self-assessment and realizes what needs to be done to break out of his slump.
Just realizing the problem is the first part of the solution though. Actually putting it into practice is something else entirely.
There are players who never are able to put the two parts together. Scott Hartnell though, is a guy who knows how to correct what ails him. You don’t play in the NHL for more than a decade without that ability.
And Hartnell has done it several times in his career as a Flyer – even going so far as to rise from the ashes in the 2010 playoffs to be one of the key contributors on that team’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and subsequently becoming one of the team leaders from that point forward.
And now Hartnell finds himself in the doldrums once again. Not the lowest of the lows – as he experienced earlier in his career – but definitely in a bit of a frustrated funk.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
VOORHEES, N.J. – The Flyers got a bit of bad news Monday when forward Danny Briere was diagnosed with a concussion.
Briere apparently suffered the concussion during a hard practice Saturday. Some reports have suggested it occurred when he fell awkwardly into the boards.
Briere told me via text message today that he “doesn’t feel too good today” and needs a few days before he’s ready to talk further about his condition or how he suffered the concussion.
The Flyers placed Briere on injured reserve and recalled forward Tye McGinn from the Adirondack Phantoms to take Briere’s roster spot.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
PITTSBURGH – When the Flyers last played in a game six days ago – a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay – there was an air of disappointment that clouded the team as they walked out of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
And why not? They were headed into a rare five-day layoff as the team who had played the most games in the NHL and were five points out of a playoff spot.
While they were going to be idle, the Flyers were going to watch as 17 games were played involving teams with whom they were chasing the playoffs.
It seemed all but certain that the chasm between the Flyers and the playoffs would grow in those five days.
And yet, Wednesday came, and it was still five points. Thursday passed, and it was still five. It was five after Friday too.
Certainly with a full slate of games Saturday it would change, right?
Nope.(Click "Full Story" for more...)
TAMPA – It was the most glaring thing on the Flyers schedule when it was released a little over two months ago and now we’re almost there:
A gaping hole of five consecutive days off in a condensed schedule.
It was unexpected in a season of 48 games in 99 days. But it definitely stood out. Especially for a Flyers team that played more games than any team in the league to this point.
The players are being given two complete days off to do as they please – vacation with the family, sit at home and vegetate… whatever – before returning for practice Thursday as the prepare for the final playoff push and a grueling 18 games in the final 35 days of the season.
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PHILADELPHIA – The Flyers are looking to change their luck in any way possible.
The latest, is a new set of warm-up music.
While the leadership group was responsible for going back to last year’s victory song (“Knock Knock” by Mac Miller) it’s the younger guys who’ve put in a request to change the warm up playlist.
Brayden Schenn made the request earlier today, but he was the representative of a group of younger players who wanted a different brand of music to help get the team fired up to play for the Devils.
I got the new playlist… including where to start and stop each version!
Here it is:(Click "Full Story" for all the songs and more...)
NEWARK, N.J. – This morning was the first time Simon Gagne stepped into the Prudential Center since last year’s Stanley Cup Finals.
Funny, how the sense of urgency to win a game is eerily similar now as it was then.
Of course, he is a world away from where he was last June, when he was battling concussion-like symptoms and trying to fit back into a Los Angeles Kings lineup that was well-oiled on it’s way to the franchise’s first championship.
Now, he finds himself back with his original team – the Flyers – trying to get back into the swing of things again, only this time to help a desperate team just get into the playoffs.
It’s funny how things work sometimes, and Gagne’s story has been ironic around every turn.(Click "Full Story" for more...)