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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.
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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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.
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.”
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.”
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…
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.”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers, boosted by Danny Briere’s return to good health, and the sizzling Pittsburgh Penguins will meet today in a nationally televised game that could be a first-round playoff preview and might factor into who gets home-ice advantage in that round.
The teams are tied for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, though the Flyers have three games in hand.
“If we win this game, it’ll be a huge swing for us,” Briere said.
continued and below find the NHL schedule for today…
I have to admit, on Monday and Tuesday I must have received between 40-50 emails from fans of the Philadelphia Flyers. Most told me the Wings would not be able to compete with the physical play of the Flyers.
My simple response was, if the Flyers try to hit them and miss, look out, a goal may soon follow.
See the attempted hit on Datsyuk by Parent last night- missed hit, tying goal by Franzen.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Detroit fired 48 shots on net and took 35 other shots for a total of 83. Repeat: 83. The Flyers took 37 shots (26 on net). You cannot allow a team to take 83 shots and expect to win.
In their last three games, the Flyers have allowed 41, 39 and 48 shots on goal.
That’s not acceptable if the team thinks it’s a Stanley Cup contender.
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