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The Playoff Hopes For The Philadelphia Flyers Now Belong To Petr Mrazek

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If Mrazek lights it up in the NHL’s goalie graveyard, the Flyers will have the opportunity to qualify and keep him. Or, they could work out a deal for less, much in the same way they did with  in 2013.

Most importantly, Mrazek has playoff experience. Elliott has a lot of work to do to recover from core muscle surgery. The oft-injured Neuvirth will be out “weeks,” according to Hextall. And Mrazek’s playoff numbers (.931 save percentage in 10 starts) are significantly better than Elliott's postseason numbers.

The Flyers made a small bet. It’s up to Mrazek to deliver the payoff – for his future, the Flyers, and even the Red Wings.

“He was the available guy that really intrigued us,” Hextall said. “We know how capable he is … He’s played extremely well over the last month. I think he’s had some really good times in his career where he’s been a very good goalie and he can be a difference maker.”

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Brian Elliotte Out 5-6 Weeks After Core Muscle Surgery

from the Phiadelphia Flyers,

Prior to tonight's game, Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media an update on the condition of goaltender Brian Elliott:

"Brian Elliott had successful core muscle surgery this morning," said Hextall. "He's expected to be out 5-6 weeks."

Elliott suffered the injury in Saturday's Flyers-Coyotes game at Arizona. He appeared in all 65 minutes through regulation and overtime where he made 24 saves. He then faced two skaters in the shootout before being forced out of the game with the injury. Back up Michal Neuvirth came in relief of Elliott in the shootout and secured the win.

Elliott has received a majority of the starts this season, his first with the Flyers, since signing with the club during free agency this past summer.

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Video- Frederik Andersen Not Happy After Loss To The Philadelphia Flyers

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

An angry but matter-of-fact Andersen came out verbally swinging after the Leafs lost by a goal for the fourth consecutive game, falling 3-2 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The loss at Wells Fargo Center came after the Leafs built a 2-0 lead in the second period, only to fritter it away in the third.

“We have to figure out who wants to commit to playing for the team,” Andersen said. “We’ve got to look at the attitude. We played well enough for two periods, but we’ve got to find a way to keep the foot on the gas the whole game. We can’t be satisfied with two periods.”

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Video- #88 Goes To The Rafters In Philadelphia

Congrats Eric Lindros.

 

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Video- The Career Of Eric Lindros

Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers will retire #88.

Sportsnet's YouTube page with a look at his career.

 

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Losing Streak Hits Six For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Poor special teams, some out-of-sync play and missed chances pushed the Devils' losing streak to six games in a 5-3 loss to the Flyers on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

After the Devils failed to get back in the win column in their first game out of their bye week, here are six observations for the loss, including special team struggles, the urgency to end the losing streak and more....

The Devils have now dropped a season-high six games, going 0-3-3 over that stretch. Just a handful of points separate the top and bottom of the Metropolitan Division, and the Devils know any game against a divisional opponent is a big opportunity.

"We squandered that," Hall said. "A lot of division games coming up. A lot of four-point games where if we play well, we can really set ourselves up. You never want to panic during a season. That’s not going to do anything good, but you really have to make sure you get your game back a quickly as possible, and that’s what the best teams do. They get out of these funks quickly and get back to their game."

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Video- 42 Years Ago, Philadelphia Flyers Against The Soviets

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

We throw back 42 years to the international exhibition game that was almost never completed. Take a look at how the physical Flyers almost chased the Soviets out of Philly in the first period.

 

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The Philadelphia Flyers Are Back In The Playoff Race

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

The difference has shown in the results for Flyers, who are 15-12-7. Since losing 10 in a row (five after regulation) from Nov. 11 to Dec. 2, they've won seven of their past eight. They've jumped from eight points back to within two of the Islanders for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

That doesn't seem nearly as daunting.

"There's a lot of hockey left to play. We know that," said Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who had three assists Wednesday. "So we can't be looking at the standings [and] be like, 'We've got to win the next one.' It's about building your game. When we were six or eight points off a playoff spot, we just went game by game and just focused on how we can build and keep getting better as a team."

The Flyers were 8-11-7 following a 3-0 loss at the Boston Bruins on Dec. 2 that pushed the losing streak to 10. During a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 28, Wells Fargo Center was filled with chants of "Fire Hakstol!"

But general manager Ron Hextall stood by his coach, stating firmly during an interview on NBC Sports Philadelphia's "Philly Sports Talk" on Nov. 29, "Dave Hakstol is our coach and he's going to remain our coach."

The Flyers players were well aware of the changes that can come from a losing streak like the one they were going through, but they took some confidence in the belief Hextall showed in their coach and in them. 

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The Philadelphia Flyers Seek Consistency

from Sam Donnellon of Philly.com,

From afar, the Flyers are a streaky team. Ten games in a row without a victory, six straight wins to follow. Roll in how they teased and tormented their fans with lengthy streaks both good and bad last season, and it’s easy to understand how a 4-1 loss to a Los Angeles Kings team Monday – a team that still includes a handful of names etched on the Stanley Cup — can hold greater significance than just the two points lost.

“The results would say streaky,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after their winning streak was snapped Monday night. “But we have played good hockey over the whole stretch. Now, it’s about getting results, and tonight we’ve got to look at ourselves and put our finger on a couple things we have to do better and that we are capable of doing better. Turn the page and have a good day of practice tomorrow and we go right back at it and we continue with this busy stretch.’’

To Flyers fans, this is a familiar refrain. We played good enough to win, we just didn’t. Just a few mistakes here or there. We’ll get them next time, which for the Flyers is a Wednesday home game against Detroit, the last of five in a row.

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Winning Streak Hits Six For The Philadelphia Flyers

from John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia,

The Flyers developed a Muhammad Ali-type mentality Saturday night.

It was hockey’s version of the rope-a-dope, where the Flyers took the Dallas Stars' best punches early on before going the distance, eventually wearing down an opponent that was playing their third game in four nights.

The end result was a 2-1 Flyers victory, extending their season-high winning streak to six games....

“We knew they were going to have a good push at the start of the game,” Brian Elliott, who has started all six games of the winning streak, said. "We knew they wouldn't be able to keep it up playing a back-to-back. I thought our guys did a really good job of sticking to that game plan and staying patiently persistent."

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