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Jeff Carter Out With Broken Foot

via a tweet by Frank Seravalli,

Jeff Carter out 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in the arch of his foot.

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Flyers No Longer A Playoff Lock

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In Sunday’s loss, Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec (44 saves) outplayed a shaky Brian Boucher (28 saves), moving ninth-place Atlanta to within four points of the Flyers in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers have 79 points, the same number as Montreal and Ottawa. All three teams are tied for fifth (excluding tie-breakers) and have 10 games left.

The Flyers play at struggling Ottawa Tuesday, host Minnesota on Thursday, and then travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Ottawa, which has lost five straight, plays at Montreal on Monday. That means the Flyers will drop to sixth or seventh before their next game.

Suddenly, the playoffs aren’t a lock.

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Do You Consider Pronger A Norris Candidate?

from Wayne Fish of PhillyBurbs,

Earning consideration for the Norris Trophy as hockey’s best defenseman is nothing new for Chris Pronger.

The Flyers’ backliner has won one – 1999-‘00 – and been a finalist a number of other times.

At 35, Pronger is still going strong. In his first season with the Flyers, he’s put together one of his finest campaigns.

He’s tied for third among NHL defensemen with 52 points (the first Flyer defenseman to hit the 50-point plateau since Eric Desjardins in 1999-’00), third in plus-minus (plus-22) and third in ice time (25:54).
But perhaps most of all, he’s made a good young defenseman, 25-year-old Matt Carle, even better.

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Morning Line

“You can talk the talk; ultimately, though, it comes down to how you walk. And they walked with a pretty good swagger and a pretty good pace tonight.  We played like it was just another game.”

-Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette after losing to Atlanta yesterday.  More from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.

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No Goalie Plan In Philadelphia

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Starter Michael Leighton left Tuesday’s game in Nashville with a high-ankle sprain, and the club announced late Thursday afternoon that he is gone for eight to 10 weeks.

Now, what looked to be a significant risk—turning over the Flyers’ netminding chores to an untested journeyman like Leighton—has quickly evolved into what appears to be a monstrous blunder.

It is true Holmgren did take a run at Florida Panthers netminder Tomas Vokoun at the March 3 trade deadline but backed off when the cost was going to include sniper Jeff Carter.

Fair enough.

But when Plan A failed, what happened to Plan B or even Plan C? In Philadelphia, where goaltending isn’t a storyline but a recurring nightmare, we are talking Plan Z here.

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Flyers Now Turn Their Attention To Boucher

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Michael Leighton, who has been a waiver-wire wonder, suffered a high sprain of his left ankle early in the Flyers’ 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Predators and is expected to miss at least a few weeks. His MRI won’t be taken until today, when the Flyers will learn the severity of the injury.

That means the Flyers’ drive to the playoffs could be in the hands of Brian Boucher, a capable veteran but someone who hasn’t started since Dec. 21.

Boucher, who will start tonight in Dallas, said he felt bad for Leighton but was “excited for the chance to play at this time of the year.”

If Leighton is sidelined for a considerable amount of time, can Boucher find the rhythm to take the Flyers deep into the playoffs?

That is, if they qualify.

read on

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Flyers May Have Another Goaltending Issue

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

The Flyers’ season may hinge on goalie Michael Leighton’s injured left ankle.

  The goalie, a waiver-wire wonder this season, suffered a high ankle sprain early in Tuesday’s 4-3 shoot-out loss to Nashville. He will have an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

  “I just went out to get the puck and it got away from me, and I kind of went back on my leg and felt my leg pop, my ankle,” Leighton said. “It’s just the way I fell backwards. I felt something pop and it didn’t feel good.”

Brian Boucher replaced Leighton and played admirably, allowing one goal the rest of the way and helping the Flyers salvage an important point.

“Once he has settled in, he has played really well,” coach Peter Laviolette said.

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No Love For Avery

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Include the Flyers on the long list of NHL teams that have no respect for Sean Avery.

After seeing the trash-talking, agitating forward score two goals on Sunday to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win in front of a Madison Square Garden crowd that spent much of the game chanting his name, the Flyers took a few bare-knuckled shots at Avery through the print media.

“I played with the guy and dislike the guy,” said Flyers winger Ian Laperriere, who played parts of two seasons with Avery when both were members of the Los Angeles Kings. “I think he does cross the line all the time.

“Those people (in New York) are getting fooled by his act because I know he’s the worst teammate I played with and I know they feel the same way.”

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All Paul Holmgren

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror and just 14 games separating his team from the April 11 finish line, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren can do little more than sit and wait.

The Daily News caught up with Holmgren yesterday for his thoughts on the state of the Flyers:

DN: You have always said that you are confident in Michael Leighton and his abilities, but is it tough to put your trust in someone who has only been here for a limited sample size?

PH: What would’ve been the difference if it was Ray Emery? Him and Michael have been with the team almost the same amount of time. Or Brian Boucher, for that matter. So, no, I have every confidence in Michael. I think he’s played well. The numbers since he’s been with us speak for themselves. I don’t know how many goalies in the NHL have Stanley Cups - Martin Brodeur, Cam Ward, Chris Osgood, Marc-Andre Fleury - so that means there are 25 other teams that are in the same boat that we’re in, wondering whether Michael is good enough. But we think Michael is good enough to lead us into the playoffs.

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No Suspension For Carcillo

via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Flyers forward Dan Carcillo will not be suspended for pushing off linesman Greg Devorski during an attempt to fight Boston’s Matt Hunwick’s during Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Bruins.

Devorski tried to separate the two late in the two period when Carcillo struck him.

Ironically, the decision was left in left Devorski’s hands, and he cut the Flyers a break, CSNPhilly.com was told.

“I have spoken to Stephen Walkom about the play,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Discipline in an e-mail to CSNPhilly.com.

“And IF Greg Devorski, who was the linesman with Carcillo, decided Carcillo needed discipline, they could apply three, 10 or 20 games themselves under Rule 41, Abuse of Officials. They decided not to and I am fine with their decision.”

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