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Game 57: BUF @ PHI

Scuffling.  Falling off the map.  In panic mode.  These are some of the things you keep hearing.  The Flyers actually have competition within the city again with the Sixers playing well.  This is something that Homer is seeing and is trying to figure out the best plan of attack.  He wants to provide enough buzz to bring the Flyers as the clear forefront team in the winter sports spectrum without losing much in the talent department.  It’s a catch 22, something that will be addressed in tomorrow’s FRIDAY FLYERS post.  Until then, we have a Sabres team, which I’ll dive into after the jump…

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A meaningful game vs TOR

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers have had a relatively timid history in recent memory, but tonight should prove to be a nice change of pace. The Leafs actually have something to play for as the season winds down, and they find themselves well within striking distance of this hot-or-not Flyers squad. With a similar style of play, offense has been the root of success for Toronto – so what will the Flyers have to do to get back into the ‘W’ column tonight?

After you, sir/madam.

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Game 53: NYI @ PHI (Better late than never edition)

Once again the Atlantic Division is dominating the playoff leaderboard as they occupy 4 of the top 6 slots.  The only team left out in the mix is the New York Islanders.  Surprisingly, this team has carried the play in all 3 games this year versus the Flyers.  We keep passing them off as cellar dwellers, but at some point their young talent will click, right?  My thinking after the jump…

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Fight of the Fours - NSH @ PHI

Clear your schedules - the red hot Nashville Predators are in town. This Music City Miracle - winners of five in a row while sporting an impressive 11-2 record in the month of January - stands as a true test of playoff potential for the Flyers. Arguably one of the toughest remaining West coast match-ups on the schedule, the Preds have been one of the impressive work horses in the division that has become the toast of the NHL. It may look like they’re catching a break with the announcement of Lindback as the starting goalie for Nashville tonight, but he too should prove to be no small task for the Orange and Black (Of course the pun was intended).

After the jump, we’re getting our neighborhood watch on to see what it will take to tackle this relatively unknown bunch of Predators.

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Flying South

Fresh off one of the most exciting games the Flyers have played this season, this rookie-loaded squad with a hint of vets will take to the ice to face a Florida Panthers team that somehow still stands amongst the top of the Southeast Division, regardless of their 3-4-3 record in their last 10 games played. Even with Briere, JVR and Jagr out of the picture the Flyers have been playing pretty well as of late, and continuing that effort should be the team’s primary focus tonight.

What else will it take for the Flyers to come away with a victory tonight? More after the jump

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GAME 42: PHI @ NYI

Tonight, the Flyers head to Long Island to take on a team they’ve been dominating since Nassau Coliseum was a relevant piece of architecture in the sporting world, or so it would seem. Philly - 3-1 in their last four games – looks to continue its Long Island lockdown as they prepare for an opponent that has yielded victory in 22 of the last 23 tries. Are the kids ready for another Trial on the Isle? Let’s talk about it after the jump

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Game 41: PHI @ CAR

I said the final stretch of games in 2011 that finished up against the Blackhawks would define this Flyers team.  But rather, the true testament was the home-and-home series with the Senators.  I will explain after the jump…

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Looking Back on a Classic

Even though the weekend’s festivities may have ended with a rather somber come-from-behind victory for the New York Rangers, both the city of Philadelphia and the Flyers organization should look back on this weekend with a sense of immense pride. Since the weekend has come and gone and we’ve all had a chance to digest, its time to look back and dissect this classic weekend for the sport of hockey.

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A great moment for too many reasons


Join me for my thoughts and pictures from the weekend that was, and share your favorite 2012 Winter Classic moment after the jump!

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Winter Classic - Pre-game Quick Notes

It’s the first Monday of 2012, and all the talk around Philadelphia is the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Not the mummers. Not (really) the eagles. Not the Phillies, unless if course they were talking about how Roy Halladay saved a man from an anaconda attack the other day.

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We’re set to begin in Philadelphia…


Nope, Flyers hockey has completely has completely engulfed the city. But through all of the admittedly spectacular distraction, there is still a meaningful hockey game to be played. The conference is on the line, and we’re breaking it down from a windy and wild Citizen’s Bank Park after the jump!

 

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‘Twas the eve of the Classic…

‘Twas the eve of the classic, and all through Eastern PA
Not a hockey fan slept, anxious instead for the day.
Because believe it or not, there’s a Flyers game outside;
And it was for all too see - not just the nation, but worldwide.
So instead of sleeping, and patiently waiting for more,
I present to you this midnight update to pass some time and get you pumped;
Click ‘continue’ to see what’s in store.

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The Orange & Black Breakdown looks to be the ultimate, around the clock source for news and information on the Philadelphia Flyers organization and it’s ever-present quest for the Stanley Cup. Focusing on what the team can do to achieve success is the ultimate goal.

The OBB is written and maintained by myself - Marc Siciliano. I’m a college graduate and media production professional in the sports industry with credits on projects like Hard Knocks: Bengals and 24/7 Penguins vs. Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic. A man of many hobbies, I always seem to find a way to spend a disproportionate amount of my daily routine with two things: Flyers hockey and social media (much to the dismay of my hockey impartial friends on twitter).

So what does this mean for you? The plan is to combine these time-wasting habits passions with my love for writing to provide you with complete coverage of the Flyers from both my head and around the web, 24/7.

This is my second writing stint focusing on the Flyers, but for a much larger audience - so do be gentle. Different perspectives and opinions on the organization are welcome and encouraged. Just because I see it one way doesn’t mean I’m beyond seeing it your way as well, so speak up!

I’m always interested in interacting with readers, so find me on twitter (@marcs797) or email me (theobbreakdown@gmail.com) and let’s talk hockey.

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