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from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Paul Holmgren took his seat in the upper reaches of the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night and once again, just like you, he waited for the madness to end.
The Flyers came into the game against the New Jersey Devils having scored the fewest goals in the league, and exited it the same way. It is a team-wide slump that cost coach Peter Laviolette his job after just three games. It is a continuing problem that has nailed them to the bottom of an eight-team division that might advance only three teams to the playoffs. The season is still young, of course, but aging quickly.
"It doesn't make sense to me. We're all scratching our heads. I don't know what to call it, but we need to get out of it," the Flyers general manager said before the 3-0 loss. "It doesn't make sense with the people we have who have scored in the past, and not just one-hit wonders, but guys who have done it consistently. Right now, as a group, we're struggling."
from the CP at The Hockey News,
With 22 black-and-white pages, Fred Shero changed hockey.
Before Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, NHL teams didn't do much in the way of systems. His playbook and standard for fundamentally sound hockey, more so than hitting or fighting, won the Broad Street Bullies two Stanley Cups.
"Freddy revolutionized the game," said former defenceman Joe Watson, who played seven years under Shero. "We never had assistant coaches till he came in. We never talked about a system until he came in. We never had practices the day of the game, we'd come to the rink but very seldom ever went out on the ice. Freddy brought this to the forefront."
Shero, who will be posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, set the tone for his teams with a playbook that led off with "Fundamental Rules." Watson remembered when the Flyers had 10 rules to follow, but by the 1975-76 season, the list grew to 16.
Downie skated today but will not play...
Downie suffered a concussion in a fight with Aaron Volpatti of the Caps last week. You can watch the fight below if you missed it earlier.
from Anthony SanFilippo, the Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
Despite the terrible start. Despite the fragile confidence of the team, Giroux still remains steadfast that the team will figure it out and turn it around.
He’s more elaborate now with the assessment of what is wrong with the team, but at the same time he remains the fearless leader. He remains upbeat despite all his obstacles. He remains focused on figuring out what ails the team, even if he is sometimes part of that problem.
“We just have to start doing the right things out there,” he said. “If we start doing the right things then good things will happen. We still have  games left. There’s a long way to go. Patience is still key right now, because once we get rolling we’ll get plenty.”
Plenty of points. Plenty of goals. Plenty of confident players who don’t dread a one-goal deficit, or who don’t dwell on struggling to get past two scores in a game.
“We need to get points and we can’t fall too back in the standings. We’re not too far from a playoff spot. We need to stay positive. We’re a good team. Once we start believing it and playing like it we’re going to be a good team.”
via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Captain Claude Giroux continued to struggle. He went without a goal for the 20th straight game over the last two seasons, and he was late on his defensive coverage in the final minute of regulation, enabling Jordan Staal to score the tying goal with 52.3 seconds left.
Giroux again claimed he was 100 percent healthy and that his preseason finger surgery was not affecting his play.
But it sure seems like it is.
Giroux won just 41 percent (12 of 29) of his faceoffs Tuesday.
Brendan Shanahan was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon and one of the topics discussed was the Ray Emery fight.
You can lsten to the full 16 minute interview with Shanahan here, then clicking on his picture. He also discussed going into the Hockey Hall of Fame and told a funny Scotty Bowman story.
Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.
At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.
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