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Sim, Richards and Knuble Working Well So Far

Tuesday, 09.20.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Sim, Richards and Knuble Working Well So Far


Voorhees, NJ – Although it has only been one game, the Flyers may have found a threesome that could generate some offense for the club once the regular season begins.

Mike Richards, Mike Knuble and Jon Sim have all never played a game wearing the orange and black. None of them had ever played together on the same team before at the NHL level, either, but so far in training camp, a good chemistry is developing between the trio. On Saturday night in London, they comprised the most productive line of the night. Richards posted three assists, Sim scored twice and Knuble added a goal and an assist of his own.

All three hope that success continues as they take the ice on Wednesday night against the New York Islanders at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ.

"We've only played one game here, but it's encouraging," said Knuble. Mike comes in, and is a great passer, and Jon Sim is a much better shooter with the puck than I ever knew. He's just one of those guys that seems to find the back of the net.

Knuble is the NHL regular among the three, having spent eight productive seasons in the league. Richards, a rookie who was a former first round pick of the Flyers in 2003, is in his first pro training camp, while Jon Sim has bounced between the NHL and the minor leagues for most of his seven year career and was arguably the Phantoms' MVP during last season's Calder Cup run.

As the veteran of the bunch, Knuble will be vital to the progress of Richards. It's a role that he recognizes, and it is evident even this early in camp that there is a friendship and a mutual respect between the two.

"You take a guy like Mike and he's got incredible experience being a World Junior captain and a ton of success," said Knuble. It's not easy coming into your first pro camp. You're really nervous, and suddenly the guys are huge and they are men talking about their kids. It's a whole different world. It's not kid stuff anymore. There's a lot of pressure involved, and it takes a special guy to be able to come here at 20 years old and be able to play.

Richards is also enjoying getting to know his new linemate.

"He's been great so far," he said. I have been throwing a lot of questions off of him over the past couple of weeks, and he's really helped me out. He's made it really relaxed to be out on the ice playing with him. He jokes around with me, and makes it a good environment to play in.

Knuble is helpful to the rookie in other ways other than just on the ice.

"Today on the ice I had to explain to him what TiVo was (laughs)," said Knuble. "I told him I had TiVo, and he said 'what the hell is TiVo?'

The Flyers are hoping that the positive environment and positive results continue.

Primeau, Hitchcock Happy to be Playing Closer to Home
Wednesday night's contest between the Flyers and New York Islanders will give the local fans a chance to see the team for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season. Although it is listed as a home game for the Islanders, it is expected that there will be more Flyers fans in attendance, as Trenton is only a short ride from Philadelphia.

"It will be good for the fans and the players," said Primeau. "It's kind of like a re-introduction, and in a lot of instances, an introduction leading up to this weekend's real home game at the Wachovia Center.

Hitchcock saw many games in Trenton during the last season, and appreciates the crowd there.

"The thing I like about Trenton is that it is a really nice knowledgeable hockey crowd there," said Hitchcock. It's a crowd that really knows the difference between good play and poor play. The thing I noticed is that they are really passionate about the game of hockey.

"I think it's kind of the first step towards Saturday night," said Hitchcock. "I think there are still some other fans there. There were some Devils fans last time we were there, and there will be some Islanders fans there this time. To be honest with you what we are really towards is getting back in our own building on Saturday night. We're really looking forward to that.

The Flyers open up their home portion of the preseason schedule on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals at the Wachovia Center.

FLYERS NOTES
Among the players skating on the Flyers side at the Skate Zone today included Jamie Storr, Eric Chouinard, Ben Eager and R.J. Umberger, who returned to the ice after sitting out with back spasms on Monday.

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
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