Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers

Break? What Break?

The Flyers are about to get a five-day break. Not that they are admitting to knowing it's on the horizon.
Monday, 03.18.2013 / 2:14 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
X
Share with your Friends


Flyers Inside Out

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.

In a lot of ways, this is the hockey version of “Get Away Day” which, in baseball, is often viewed as a day when players’ minds are elsewhere, leading to a less than stellar effort.

The difference is, no one in the Flyers locker room is viewing it that way. After all, they can’t afford to do that at this stage in the season.

The Flyers enter play tonight four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and although they can close that gap to two with a win coupled with a victory by the New York Rangers over Carolina, they have to sit around and watch for five days while both teams they are chasing and those behind them play in 17 games that will have an affect on the Flyers position in the standings.

“I think they’re pretty focused on the game,” coach Peter Laviolette said after the morning skate. “There’s hasn’t been any talk about the break…. I’m [also] going to stay away from [discussing] the three day break. There’s a big game tonight. I haven’t even thought about the rest of the week. I’m going to focus on the game tonight. That’s where I’m going to stay.”

To a man the players pretty much had the same attitude, choosing to focus more on the task of defeating the Lightning to get in the best possible position in the standings heading into that break.

Although some admitted the break does come at a good time in the season as it allows the team a chance to get fresh and healthy before that last push.

“It’s going to get us some rest, which is good,” Max Talbot said. “Also, we’ll get a few hard practices in and be ready for the rest [of the season] come Sunday.”

………………………………………………..

Laviolette mentioned that he was sticking with the same line combinations and defensive pair from the shootout win against New jersey last Friday despite struggling some offensively.

“We didn’t generate a lot last game. Offensively I don’t think we were firing on all cylinders last game. We have to do a better job of winning puck battles in the offensive zone; moving the puck and moving for each other.

“I think lines always move around a little bit from day-to-day, but there won’t be any adjustment to them tonight.”

……………………………………………..

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his 28th start of the season for the Flyers tonight, most in the NHL. He, along with Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders are the only goalies in the NHL to be credited with each of their team’s victories this season.

…………………………………………….

Vincent Lecavalier is out of the lineup for Tampa Bay. The Lightining are loading up their top line, playing Martin St. Louis with Stephen Stamkos and Teddy Purcell. Anders Lindback is in goal for the Lightning.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonySan37

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.