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Flyers Surrender Home Ice Advantage

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

You’re welcome, Pittsburgh.

Thanks to a mystifyingly listless effort against the New York Rangers last night, the Flyers will have to open the playoffs in Pittsburgh, of all places. They dropped to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the idle Penguins completed a surge from nowhere to the fourth seed and home-ice advantage.

In short, this is about as bad a scenario as the Flyers could have conjured for themselves.

“It’s probably my fault,” coach John Stevens said after his team blew a third-period lead to lose, 4-3, to a Rangers team with nothing to play for.

“Nothing for me ever comes easy. So I think this group has always found a way to do it the hard way, but they’ve always found a way to do it.”

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The Flyers Chances In The Playoffs

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

When the playoffs start this week, will they resemble the team that went 13-1-3 earlier this season?

Or will they look like the team that played around .500 for the last six weeks?

Anyway, here are some theories why the Flyers will go deep into the playoffs. Or why they could make an early-round exit:

Seven reasons the Flyers could be playing in June

1. With a year of experience, they are much stronger than last season, when they reached the Eastern Conference finals. This is a team that has a perfect blend of rookies, players entering their prime, and veterans….

Seven reasons the Flyers could make an early exit

1. If you take away a solid five-week stretch, Biron has been frighteningly inconsistent. An inconsistent goalie in the playoffs spells an early exit….

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From Colgate To Philly

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In a surprise move today the Flyers signed an inexperienced defenseman and thrust him into the playoff race.

The Flyers signed 6-foot-4, 220-pound David Sloane, an Ambler native, to an amateur tryout under emergency conditions and said he would be in the lineup tonight against the host New York Rangers.

Sloane, 24, who played this season for Colgate University, will replace the injured Ryan Parent. Parent is listed as day to day with a strained groin.

Under emergency conditions of an amateur tryout, Sloane is available to play for a 24-hour period beginning with tonight’s game.

It was unclear this afternoon why Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren chose to use Sloane instead of calling up a player from the Phantoms.

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Expect An Early Playoff Exit For The Flyers

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

From a strictly analytical outlook, however, the Flyers’ chances of getting out of the first round are slim to none.

Philadelphia is very likely subject to a Round 1 matchup against the Hurricanes, winners of nine in a row and the league’s hottest team since the all-star break; or the Penguins, who are firing on all cylinders (16-3-4) since hiring Dan Bylsma as coach.

Despite a 3-1-0 record against the Canes this season, all four of those contests came before Christmas when Carolina was struggling to find their footing. The Flyers split the season series with their cross-state rivals at 2-2-2, but there’s no doubt about who the best team in the Atlantic has been since mid-February.

Lining up against either club, both of which will be brimming with confidence entering the tournament, is not what a team that’s developed a penchant for slow starts in games wants to face.

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Cote Done For The Season

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Ten days after dislocating his right ring finger in a fight with New York Islanders rookie Joel Rechlicz, Cote underwent surgery Tuesday that will sideline for 10-12 weeks.

Cote, the Flyers leader in penalty minutes with 174 before the arrival of Daniel Carcillo, injured his finger when he got it caught in the jersey of Rechlicz during a tugging match March 28….

With Cote out, the Flyers have a few options for their fourth line. Andreas Nodl is playing there now with center Darroll Powe and Carcillo. In 35 games for the Flyers, Nodl has one goal, three assists and is a minus-12.

“I think Nodl’s played OK for us,” Holmgren said. “We have other options if we get to that point. We’ll play it by ear.”

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Playoff Performance Of Biron Will Be Watched

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Goalie Marty Biron says he wants to remain with the Flyers, but his performance down the stretch and in the playoffs probably will determine whether they want him.

A potential unrestricted free agent, Biron is in the final season of a $3.5 million contact. After an inconsistent first half, Biron steadied himself and played solidly before sluggish performances in his last four starts.

Biron, who carried the Flyers into the Eastern Conference finals last year, has a 27-17-5 record, 2.80 goals-against average, and .914 save percentage this season.

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Flyers Look To Biron For Playoff Run

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Since Bernie Parent was minding the net during the Broad Street Bullies era of the mid-seventies, the Flyers haven’t had a sniff of the Stanley Cup and often goaltending was high on the list of explanations.

For the latest act, the team will turn to Martin Biron, who prior to 2007-08 hadn’t even started a playoff game in his nine NHL seasons.

“I’m not a person who gets extremely high or extremely low,” Biron said of the expectations that await. “I try to charge my emotion the right way. I’m not going to go out and say: ‘My confidence is sky high.’ Confidence comes with preparation: The rest falls into place.”

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Flyers Not Happy With Loss To Leafs

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers’ pathetic, uninspired and emotionless effort was no match for a loose Toronto team with nothing to lose. The Flyers were handed a well-deserved, 3-2 loss.

The Flyers got a first-period goal from Arron Asham, and Claude Giroux added a late third-period goal, which ignited the Flyers in the last 2:51 of the game, but it was too little, too late.

It’s a safe bet that there was some emotion in the Flyers’ locker room after the game. The loss set their playoff plans back a bit, allowing Pittsburgh to tie them in points with a rout of New Jersey and challenge for home-ice advantage and the fourth seed in the conference, with only six games left to play.

“That’s not the effort we wanted,” defenseman Kimmo Timonen said. “That is not acceptable. That’s not a playoff team that is trying to win the Stanley Cup. Be honest.

“Now it’s time to go. It’s playoff time for us now, too. We’re not in the playoffs yet. We’ve got to realize that so the next six games is our playoff time now.”

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A Shot At The Flyers Fans

from Steve at Puck The Media,

This is Jack Edwards’ call during the Bruins-Flyers game on NESN Sunday.  It is simply the craziest thing we have ever heard in our lives.  It’s pretty unprofessional, whether or not it’s him being a homer.  But it’s still one of the most awesome soundbites of the 2008-09 NHL season.

continue to watch the video…

added 9:00am on 3/30/09, I have added an HD version of the video below…

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Life After 30

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Deleware County Times,

“You have to keep yourself honest in the summertime because you’re competing with guys who have the gift of time,” Knuble said. “I know it’s not going to go on forever, but that’s what you use for motivation – trying to make up for lost time.”

Knuble has been doing a darn good job of that. Since turning 30, he has played a second career.

Prior to hitting his 30s, Knuble struggled to score, compiling just 50 goals in his first seven seasons. Given a last chance in Boston, he turned his career around with one 30-goal season, and since has scored 164 goals in six seasons, four with the Flyers.

“I was lucky to still be in the league at age 30,” Knuble said. “Boston gave me a chance, but there were people in that organization that wanted to let me go. There are plenty of guys that are good players that never get the right chance. If things don’t come together for you quick, you kind of fade away and I was right on the cusp of that.

“Then I scored those 30 goals and suddenly my career went in a different direction.”

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