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from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Carter will play at the Wells Fargo Center Monday for the first time since he was dealt to Columbus. He had a broken foot when the Blue Jackets played in Philadelphia during his partial season with the team, and he wasn’t with the Kings yet when they played here.
“It’s exciting,” Carter, minus his two front teeth from getting hit with a stick last season, said of his return. “We had six good years here; I obviously loved playing here and had a lot of fun. Just looking forward to getting out there tonight.”
Carter, who leads the Kings with 24 goals, said he didn’t expect a warm greeting from fans Monday.
“It seems like everybody that goes back to play against their old team gets booed, so that’s just the way it is,” he said. “It doesn’t really bother me; you just go out and play the game.”
Carter was upset when the Flyers traded him, but said time has healed the wounds.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
"When I went to Calgary in December, [Berube] was still on that team and then I didn't play him that much," said Sutter, the Kings' coach. "We talked about it right away. He was more like 'Whatever you want me to do. If you want me to play, I'll play. If you want me to coach, I'll coach.' That was his role already."
Sutter was proud of Berube when he was first elevated to head coach in Philadelphia in October after the Flyers started 0-3-0. Berube, for his part, has cited Sutter as a key influence.
The Flyers, who play the visiting Kings on Monday, are the talk of the NHL and happen to be on a stellar run, having won five straight games. They've lost two games in March, once in regulation and the other in overtime.
"You want them young guys to do good. Not just come in and be a one- or two-year [coach]," Sutter said. "That's the problem in the NHL, a lot of these guys are given, well, not given but they get these head coaching opportunities. And they want the contract. So instead of taking the right situation, they just take the job.
"…A head coach, you know the guys who are really strong bench coaches. You know the guys who are strong locker-room guys. You know those guys. There's only a handful of 'em."
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from the Financial Review,
It’s small, it measures more than 100 fields of data and it’s discretely worn under the jerseys of AFL footballers, the shoulder pads of NHL ice-hockey players and even the waistcoats of Spanish bullfighters.
GPS tracking devices for professional sportsmen and women are becoming increasingly important to sports scientists and coaches to measure player movement and fatigue during matches and training – everything from how quickly an athlete accelerates to how their heart changes – to improve game strategy and training programs.
And the world’s biggest provider, Catapult Sports, is operating out of small factory in South Melbourne.
“We’re on the way to being a billion-dollar company one day,” says Catapult chairman Adir Shiffman. From modest beginnings, with a few AFL players as clients, the company has sold its devices to the Dallas Cowboys in the US’s National Football League, Italian soccer giant AC Milan and recently picked up its first ice-hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The in-their-heads question was asked a few times after the game. I don't think that's it. The Penguins have a lot of injuries these days, and the Flyers get full marks for taking advantage of them. Yes, they still have Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and that should win them a lot of games, but they are nicked and they know it. They'll be able to rationalize it.
This isn't about the Penguins' heads. It is about the Flyers' heads, and the lessons they seem to be learning about how good they can be.
"This weekend shows, the way we played, we can beat anybody when we play as a team and we work and every line is doing their job," said defenseman Kimmo Timonen, the seasoned voice of reason.
"Moving the right way, the right direction," Timonen said. "It's not easy to get four points out of this weekend - we all know that - but the way we've been playing, every line and Mase is playing really well. When we skate and we play as a team like that, these last two games, you're hard to play against - and we're going to win a lot of games."
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The NHL disallowed a goal that it clearly could see went in in a different manner than the referee's perception because, well, rules are rules.
"The playoffs on the line and you make a call like that?" said Jakub Voracek, who made the pass into the crease. "It's a bleeping joke. When the buzzer went on, I was 100 percent sure it was going to be a goal. Because Hartsy was driving the net with [the Devils' Anton] Volchenkov and I don't think Hartsy went into Brodeur by himself. It was a battle for a loose puck and I cannot believe it was not a goal."
Here's what the replay showed: Hartnell and Volchenkov driving toward the net together in the game's final minute, banging each other off balance as the puck arrived in Brodeur's crease, each player banging into Brodeur as well, Volchenkov's legs giving a puck loose under Brodeur's pads the final push into the net.
"Volchenkov put all his weight on me and I had to step on him," Hartnell said. "I just tried to get it on net. You look at it 100 times and I'm pretty sure 100 times you're going to say it's a goal."
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from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers will memorialize legendary Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero, who led two Flyers teams to Stanley Cup Championships (1974 and 1975), with an eight-foot tall, 1300-pound bronze statue at XFINITY Live! The statue will be unveiled as part of a free, open-to-the-public celebration in front of the Spectrum Grill at XFINITY Live! on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced that the club will honor former captain and Stanley Cup Champion Dave Andreychuk with a statue on Ford Thunder Alley in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning will unveil the statue in a pregame ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to their home game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, April 5.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
A decade ago, the Flyers' least conditioned player would likely have been chosen subjectively - by a kangaroo court of vets judging simply with their eyes.
Last month, the Flyers - and team management - were able to tell which players maintained their fitness by huddling around a computer screen. The numbers spoke for themselves.
That's because the Flyers are the only NHL team to train with data-collecting technology by Catapult Sports. During nearly every practice, Flyers players skate with a durable GPS tracking device that is roughly half the size of an iPhone sewn into a pocket on the back of their shoulder pads that remotely monitors distance, velocity, acceleration, deceleration, jumps, heart rate and recovery time, among many other things.
The heart-rate monitor, a strap that wraps around their chest, is the only piece of equipment players notice.
"I don't think anyone in here had any issue with wearing it," Flyers forward Jay Rosehill said. "In fact, I think everyone was pretty curious when we first started to wear it. It's funny how the game has evolved and they're using technology like that to track us."
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