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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 5:34 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – It’s rare when opposing coaches get on the bandwagon but when things are going as well as they are for the Flyers, sometimes, they just can’t help themselves.

Enter former coach Ken Hitchcock, who as bench boss of the St. Louis Blues and one of the favorites to be playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup out of the Western Conference is a surefire bet to be a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year, weighed in on the state of the Flyers from his perch in St. Louis.

He looks at the way the Flyers play and he sees a “dangerous” team.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 4:57 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – Michael Raffl has been one of those sneaky good additions for the Philadelphia Flyers.

And now, he’s going to be here for a while longer.

Raffl inked a two-year extension with the Flyers Saturday. His cap hit will be $1.1 million and he will be a member of the Flyers through the 2015-16 season.

Raffl, 25, has made a solid impression on the Flyers with his versatility to play anywhere in the lineup as well as his two-way ability.

Raffl has good speed, an active stick, and can put up points just as easily as he can play a defensive-minded game.

One of the things the Flyers really like about him is he is an excellent penalty killing forward, and works as one of the core four forwards on the Flyers shorthanded unit that is among the best in the NHL.

Offensively, Raffl has contributed nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 58 games for the Flyers.

He has played on all four lines this season, and even moved from wing to center with success, adding a scoring punch to the fourth line.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 10:51 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – There’s no question that Claude Giroux is the Flyers MVP. Heck, he’s in the conversation for league MVP.

But if there were an award for second place, it should definitely go to Wayne Simmonds. In a lot of ways, Simmonds has been a pillar of consistency longer than Giroux.

With the exception of a four-game stretch in late January where Simmonds went without a point, he has frequently shown up on the score sheet in this, his breakout season.

He’s been a point-per-game player since that four-game drought (6G, 8A in 14 games) and he is now second in the NHL in power play goals with 13 behind only Alexander Overchkin who has a silly total of 20.

And he’s doing it every which way.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 1:33 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – A word you always here around hockey locker rooms after games is “chances.”

It’s referring to a statistical measurement that’s not officially tracked by the NHL. Probably because it’s a subjective statistic. One person may think a chance – or opportunity to score a goal – is legitimate while another might argue that it isn’t.

As such, it’s not kept by the league. But you can bet your life savings that each team keeps their own “chances” statistic to determine the success of the play in the defensive zone.

A chance is usually defined as a good scoring chance. Sometimes those chances end up in the net. Sometimes they are stopped by the goalie. Sometimes the shots miss the net, hit the post, or are otherwise blocked.

Regardless of the result, the chance is measured by the likelihood of scoring on that particular play.

As such, shots on goal aren’t always the best indicator. To the point, dump-ins that happen to go on goal and are easily controlled by a goalie count as a shot on goal – but not as a chance.

The same can be said as far as shots from the wall or the points that are seen cleanly by the goalies, again, shots on goal, but not chances.

Still, a fluctuation in the shots on goal can indicate the chances aren’t there as teams struggle to find the time and space necessary to try to make something happen.

In that regard, the Flyers are vastly improving. In six of the last seven games, the Flyers have held their opponent to fewer than 30 shots.

And if you break it out a little further, in the past 15 games, teams have averaged 29.5 shots on goal against the Flyers. In the previous 53 games, that average was 33.6 per game. That means defensively, the Flyers have figured out a way to trim off four shots on goal per game.

Which also means the chances they are facing are fewer and fewer.

No wonder they are 11-3-1 in the past 15 contests.

“We have the right mindset,” said coach Craig Berube. “We have everyone coming back and flooding the ice and doing a good job. It’s not leaky. That’s the thing. There’s no room. The forwards are doing a good job coming back and pressuring and getting to the slot area and stopping and not leaking away. That’s what it’s all about. It takes five guys to do it.”


NOTES: Steve Mason is back in net for the Flyers. He will be opposed by Tim Thomas for the Stars… Flyers prospect defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College) was named as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award which recognizes the most excellent player in college hockey… A nine-year old Philadelphia Flyers fan, TJ Ramos

The Dallas Stars posed for a team photo with Flyers fan T.J. Ramos and his family. Ramos suffers from the same heart condition as Stars forward Rich Peverley, who collapsed on the Stars bench last week.

met Dallas Stars Athletic Trainer, Dave Zeis, before morning practice at the Wells Fargo Center. TJ suffered a heart attack last fall during a youth baseball practice and was revived on the field by his coach and a parent of a teammate, both local police officers. TJ was diagnosed with CPVT, the same condition as Dallas Star player Rich Peverley. Peverley suffered a cardiac arrest during an NHL game last week. The Stars were classy, rolling out the red carpet for Ramos and his family, allowing him to take pictures with the team in the locker room. Ramos wrote a letter to Peverley after his cardiac arrest last week. Peverley is not traveling with the team as he underwent a successful surgery this past Tuesday and is recovering. Ramos and his family will also attend the game tonight.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:39 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA –Back when I was in college at American University in 1991 I had the privilege of reading the Washington Post on a daily basis.

Tony Kornheiser was a featured columnist then. He wrote a weekly column that year called “The Bandwagon” for the Washington Redskins because he could tell it was going to be a special season.

Each week he would add new readers onto the bandwagon. He’d add Washington dignitaries. National political figures. Musicians. Movie stars. You name it, each week that thing got bigger and bigger.

He would even kick people off too from week to week if they would even think of disparaging that great team. It was a fun experiment in journalism, but it was one that the Redskins fans really got behind. They went all in with that team and were rewarded in the end with a Super Bowl championship.

I tell you that story to set up this one:

It’s time to get on board the Flyers bandwagon.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 1:31 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – There have been times in Luke Schenn’s career where that promise that made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft has shined through in his play.

There were times in Toronto, but they weren’t frequent enough for an impatient fan base, an equally impatient ownership group and an overbearing press corps.

So he was shipped to the Flyers, and in his first season with the team in 2012-13, Schenn had a mostly solid, if unspectacular, season with a Flyers team that didn’t make the playoffs after a 48-game lockout shortened season.

Still, he was quite consistent playing mostly with Kimmo Timonen, logging big minutes and was the only healthy Flyers defenseman for the entire season.

Coming into 2013-14, Schenn was expected to take another step. Instead, he, like every other Flyer, got off to an underwhelming start.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 4:10 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

There’s a lot to be excited about with the Flyers 4-3 win over the Penguins on Sunday.

For the second straight game the Flyers dominated the best specialty teams franchise in the NHL on both ends of the special teams spectrum.

First, the Flyers power play scored twice on the now No. 2 ranked Pittsburgh penalty kill, getting a pair of power play goals from Wayne Simmonds in the first period.

Secondly, the Flyers held the Penguins top-ranked power play without a tally on all four of their opportunities. They shut out the Pens power play for the weekend, killing off nine Pittsburgh power play chances.

And in the process, they scored a pair of shorthanded goals – both by Matt Read. Both with Sean Couturier on the ice.

It’s going to sound like a broken record from yesterday...

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 6:00 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – Before the game, assistant coach Ian Laperriere went on a local radio show and described the Flyers as a team “that never quits.”

After the 4-0 win over Pittsburgh, head coach Craig Berube called his team “composed.”

Sean Couturier said that now, more than ever, especially in these rivalry games, “there an edge” to the team with the way they play.

However you want to describe it, the Flyers have been building an identity under coach Craig Berube and that identity is one that can take them a long way.

The Flyers haven’t been garnering much in the way of attention, either on a national stage, or even here at home. Sure, the hardcore fan base knows what is going on with the Flyers around every turn, but I can’t help but shake my head every time someone asks me how the job’s going with a “mediocre” team.

The Flyers are far from mediocre.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 11:18 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

PHILADELPHIA – This game will be discussed for many days to come, because when it gets down to it, if either the Devils sneak into the playoffs by one point or the Flyers miss the playoffs by one point, the way this game ended will be thrust into the spotlight.

The Flyers lost 2-1. A tying goal by Scott Hartnell with 40 seconds left was waved off by referee Tim Kowal. He ruled that Hartnell shoved Devils goalie Martin Brodeur into the net after he had already made a save and therefore, once the puck crossed the goal line, the goal was disallowed.

Many replays proved that call was likely wrong, although at high speed, in the moment, on the ice, it’s understandable why Kowal could make the call he did.

The question is, shouldn’t there be a way of making sure you get it right?

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.8.2014 / 11:00 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out

Look, losing stinks. It always does. Under every conceivable circumstance, losing leaves you bitter.

There are different levels of bitterness though that you can experience as a result of losing.

Dropping a game 4-3 in overtime in Toronto doesn’t quite reach the scale where you bit into a ripe lemon, squinted your eyes hard, pursed your lips and wrinkled your nose.

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1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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