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The Philadelphia Flyers Remain The Hottest Team In The NHL

from Erin McCarthy of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers overcame a sluggish first period to extend their winning streak to nine games and remain in a virtual tie for the Metropolitan Division lead with the Capitals, who beat the Penguins, 5-2, earlier Saturday. The Sabres, meanwhile, have dropped six straight....

While the Flyers’ first period was nothing to write home about, goaltender Carter Hart started strong. The 21-year-old had two big saves in the first few minutes, and logged a perfect 13 saves on 13 shots in the first period alone. He was slow to get up after a save in the second period, and shortly afterward allowed the Sabres’ first goal of the evening. Buffalo winger Dominik Kahun tied the game at the end of the second period. With Saturday’s performance, Hart has gone 20-2-2 at home on the season. Since coming back from an abdominal strain last month, he’s been an impressive 8-1....

What’s next?

Well, the two best teams in the conference. The Flyers play Boston at home on Tuesday and Tampa Bay on the road on Thursday.

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The Hot Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

A loud, animated crowd made it feel like a playoff atmosphere Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, and the surging Flyers didn’t disappoint them.

They overcame an early deficit and whipped the New York Rangers, 5-2, to extend their winning streak to five games – equaling their longest of the season.

Claude Giroux had a pair of goals, and Jake Voracek collected four assists, tying his career best, as the Flyers ended the Rangers’ franchise-record road winning streak at nine games. They also snapped the Blueshirts’ five-game winning streak.

“We played our game and we trust our game,” Giroux said after the Flyers outshot the Rangers, 40-28.

The Flyers, 15-5-2 since Jan. 7, moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division, slipping a point ahead of the Penguins, who lost in Anaheim, 3-2. Pittsburgh (37-20-6) has a game in hand on the Flyers (37-20-7).

With 18 games left, the Flyers have 37 wins -- the same number they had at the end of last season.

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Montreal Trades Nate Thompson To Philadelphia

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Matt Niskanen Fined For Slashing

 

If you missed the slash, watch it here.

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Video- Matt Niskanen Slash On Gustav Nyquist

No call on the play.

 

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One Point Matters

from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

By winning the game in regulation, the Islanders picked up two points and, more importantly, kept the Flyers from picking up any. That might not sound like much, but in the NHL, it’s everything — or, at least, teams treat it like it’s everything.

The Islanders now have 72 points this season and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers have 69 points, are in fifth place in the Metropolitan, and are clinging to the second of the Eastern Conference’s two wild-card berths. Three points don’t sound like much. But in the NHL, three points are huge. Three points can be an ocean.

Three points don’t look or feel like an ocean to anyone perusing the standings, of course. But they are, and players and coaches around the league know it. The NHL’s system for determining how teams collect points and earn spots in its postseason tournament is so cockamamie, geared toward artificially propping up teams and ginning up and maintaining interest in the regular season and early rounds of the playoffs, that it warps both the standings themselves and the manner in which teams play.

It’s strained. It’s silly. And it might just get the Flyers into the postseason.

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Edmonton And Philadelphia And Their Problems With Scheduling

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Here’s what Edmonton is up against:

  • After a great run where the Oilers just won six of their last eight games, the team just faced ten days off between games. That long rest came because the NHL put the Oilers’ annual and mandated bye week next to the NHL’s annual All Star Game break. It’s hard to imagine that a team off ten days won’t have a considerable amount of rust in its game.
  • Following up on this stupidly long break, the Oilers have two gruelling run of games in February and March, first 12 games in 23 nights, then 17 games in 32 nights.
  • Three of those games are on the second night of back-to-backs.

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Several members of the Flyers’ front office will meet Wednesday with an NHL official, trying to work with the league to reduce the amount of back-to-back games the team plays next season and improve its overall schedule....

“We’ve got to get it right,” Scott said during an interview Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center “One of the challenges with this building is that it has so much activity between the Flyers,the Sixers, 59 or so concerts and Disney on Ice.”

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Gritty Accused Of Throwing A Punch

from Christian Hetrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Chris Greenwell brought his boy Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center one night in November to meet the most famous person on the Philadelphia Flyers payroll: Gritty.

The Flyers had invited Greenwell and his 13-year-old son to get a photo and some face time with the fuzzy, googly-eyed mascot, all part of an exclusive event for season ticket holders. But after waiting in line for about an hour behind dozens of fans to get to Gritty, something shocking happened, according to Greenwell.

In Greenwell’s telling, Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, “took a running start," and “punched my son as hard as he could," Greenwell said Wednesday.

Officials at Comcast Spectacor, the company that owns the Flyers, told Greenwell there is no video footage of the incident because the “cameras in that area of the center are focused on other locations,” according to emails between Greenwell and officials. The company claimed it conducted an investigation that included interviews with Gritty, and “Gritty’s handler,” but couldn’t verify Greenwell’s account.

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Video- Brad Marchand Can Force Another Round In The Shootout

 

Video below.

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A Sophomore Slump For Carter Hart?

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Carter Hart seemed so unflappable, so mentally strong, in his rookie season and the first couple months of 2019-20 that it was easy to forget he was barely 21 and there would be growing pains along his path to becoming an All-Star goaltender.

The growing pains, which have escalated on the Flyers’ disastrous road trip, are real and sometimes difficult to watch.

Like the first-period goal that Brad Richardson scored Saturday in Arizona, a shot from distance that hopped past Hart and changed the complexion of the game.

Like the four first-period goals he allowed — not all of them were his fault, mind you — in the Flyers’ 5-4 loss in Vegas on Thursday.

Like his last seven road starts, which all turned into losses.

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