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via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced to the media following the second period of the Flyers-Capitals game that goaltender Steve Mason has a lower-body injury and will not return to the game.
Mason left the ice with 8:42 left in the second period during the broadcast timeout before a Capitals power play. Prior to exiting the game, he stopped all eight shots he faced.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Some of the Flyers heard the news in advance.
Most didn’t know until after the game that Kimmo Timonen would resume skating on Friday morning at Skate Zone at 9 a.m.
“I heard during the game that he got cleared,” Claude Giroux said. “It’s great. Kimmo was well liked in this locker room. He brings a lot to us.”
There are two things that Timonen could bring. First, he is not known to make the kind of ghastly turnovers in front of his own goalie like Luke Schenn did in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night (see game recap).
Secondly, and more importantly, Timonen will be an enormous addition to the Flyers' penalty kill. The ultimate difference in this team being a playoff contender and missing out for the second time in three years is how horrific the Flyers have been on the PK, especially on the road.
Nevertheless, there is little chance Timonen will have any impact on the Flyers' playoff chances. There simply is not enough games left for him to be a factor.
Ryan White with a right hand which catches Matt Martin right on the nose.
Martin suffered a broken nose and after getting some repairs, returned to the game with a full shield.
via CSN Philly,
The Flyers are in a tough spot, Giroux admitted, but they're a team filled with character, youth and drive.
But are they a "playoff hockey club?" asked Comcast SportsNet's Neil Hartman.
"There's no doubt that we're a playoff team," Giroux said. "We're going to prove it in the future."
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Jake Voracek wasn't just spitballing last week when he said the Flyers needed to win 25 of their final 34 games in order to make the playoffs.
Or, if he was, it was a pretty good guess.
"Now, we have 20 or 21 to go," Voracek said Saturday night, after the Flyers won their fourth straight. "We know how many points we're out and how many points the other teams have. We have just got to keep grinding. It's all in our hands."
I hate to be the bearer of reality, but just about the only thing this season-high win streak has brought the Flyers is worse odds in the NHL draft lottery.
They've gone from a 7.5 percent shot at Connor McDavid to 5 percent. It's only going to get worse with each win, taking them further from the top of a franchise-altering draft class. Meanwhile, their playoff chances haven't improved much at all.
Voracek received two minutes for an illegal check to the head.
fom Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
The Kimmo Timonen saga took a bizarre turn Thursday night with Flyers coach Craig Berube saying during his pre-game meeting with reporters that the former All-Star defenseman was returning to the team.
A little over an hour later, general manager Ron Hextall, who hinted Wednesday that things were “moving along” in a positive manner for the Timonen's return, said Berube was wrong.
“There’s no definitive decision on Kimmo coming back,” Hextall said.
He said he hoped to have a final answer later this weekend and that Timonen still had not been medically cleared to play.
“There’s still a process going on and quite frankly, since I last talked to you guys, it has not moved forward,” Hextall said. “It’s at the same spot.”
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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
His style is to lead by his relentless style on the ice. Giroux's teammates haven't followed the example enough. There have been too many listless periods, too many breakdowns on the penalty kill, too many nights where they fall behind early and are chasing the game.
"I'm not the only one frustrated. I think everyone in the room is frustrated," said Giroux, who will play in his third All-Star Game on Sunday. "Instead of me going in and yelling at everybody, I think it's important we stick together and we do this together. We can't be blaming and pointing fingers. I think it's important we stick together, and if we do this, we're going to get out of this hole."
The hole is deep. At the all-star break, the Flyers are 12 points out of a playoff spot and need to hop over four teams to get the final berth. Impossible, no. Highly improbable, yes.
The Flyers need a staggering 49 points in their remaining 34 games (say, 22-7-5) to finish with the same amount of points as last season - 94 - likely enough to qualify for the playoffs.
Now that would be a Miracle on Ice.
from Randy Miller of NJ.com,
Pittsburgh Penguins fans are outraged at Flyers left wing Zac Rinaldo.
They're angry over a dirty hit that injured Letang in the first period of the Flyers' 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday night a Wells Fargo Center and disgusted about Rinaldo's postgame comments in which he bragged that he "changed the game" and "might have changed" his club's fortunes in what's been a bad season.
Since his hit, Rinaldo has been getting bashed virtually nonstop with messages sent to his @rinaldozac Twitter account, many of which were quite vulgar.
Others kept it clean by calling Rinaldo a disgrace, thug, beer leaguer, embarrassment, idiot, Neanderthal, coward, punk, puke, scumbag, tooth bag, meathead, dirty, useless, moron, garage, trash, scrub, goon and savage.
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