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[#] Wed Oct 26 2016 12:00:53 EDT from Kyle Phillippi

Subject: The Flyers truly have a ‘never-quit attitude’

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Sure, better starts would be more ideal, but the way this team finishes is fun to watch

PHILADELPHIA – Everyone knows the whole “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” analogy.

For the Flyers, there was a similar discussion going on as to what caused the team’s sudden “infusion of energy,” as head coach Dave Hakstol put it, in the third period of the comeback win over the Sabres on Tuesday: Travis Konecny’s goal or the hit on Jake Voracek?

Ask Konecny and he’ll tell you it was “the hit on Jakey.”

Ask Brayden Schenn or Steve Mason and they’ll point towards the rookie’s goal as the reason for the crowd and the team’s sudden jolt.

What caused what doesn’t really matter. This will be a game these players look back on the rest of a way as a reference point whenever they fall behind. A 3-0 hole isn’t easy to overcome, especially in the final 20 minutes, needing two goals in the final four minutes to tie.

But Tuesday night was the second time this season the Flyers have scored at least three goals in a third period. They’ve also shown a tendency to score in bunches, doing so in the most opportune time last night.

All of this coming after looking a bit tired through the opening two periods on the heels of a back-to-back.

“There’s a never-quit attitude in this room,” said Steve Mason. “We showed in Chicago – we were just talking about that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to close that one out. But, guys have a belief that you get one and it comes.”

“Like I said we were down so many times this season we came back a lot of times,” Voracek added. “So that’s a big character of this group.”

That’s been a staple of this group since the late second half push last season. Remember when Wayne Simmonds said “it’s a never say die attitude over here?”

That has gone on to define this team, so much so that head coach Dave Hakstol has reached a point where he doesn’t even have to say anything to the players in between intermissions.

“It’s their locker room and those guys do a really good job inside that locker room of saying the right things,” Hakstol said. “They do not need a whole lot said from us.”

Being able to fend off adversity is a sign of a strong team, but at the same time, it also is a result of some flaws. In this case, it’s the slow starts that the Flyers continue to get out to.

“We know we are a better team than this,” said Claude Giroux. “I think our hard work and work ethic got us back in this game, and emotionally the fans being behind us. It was a fun third period.”

Giroux offered his advice on how the team can avoid these situations as frequently.

“We need to be aggressive and instead of not wanting to lose we need to go out and want to win.”

The Flyers will try to carry that mentality over into Thursday’s game with Arizona. At the very least, they’ll always know that no deficit is too much to overcome, and that’s something to be proud of, right?



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/26/13418352/the-flyers-truly-have-a-never-quit-attitude


[#] Wed Oct 26 2016 13:18:08 EDT from Kurt R.

Subject: NHL trade rumors: The Kings considered acquiring Flyers goale Steve Mason

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It still seems unlikely the Flyers are looking to deal either of their goalies, though.

You may remember, in the Flyers’ season-opening win over the Los Angeles Kings, longtime Kings netminder Jonathan Quick wasn’t in net that night. That was because in the Kings’ own season opener, he suffered an injury that we’ve since learned will sideline him for a few months. This is obviously bad news for the Kings, who have leaned on Quick a lot over the past several seasons. (Quick’s primary backup, Jeff Zatkoff, is also now hurt.)

So it’s not surprising to hear, as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported earlier today in his 30 Thoughts piece, that the Kings have poked around a bit trying to find a suitable replacement for him. And at least one of the names Friedman mentioned will sound familiar to you:

8. Before bringing in Anders Lindback, the Kings did an exhaustive look around the NHL. Among their considerations: Pavelec, Steve Mason and Reto Berra. Mason’s $4.1-million contract wouldn’t fit and it’s not as if Philadelphia has a ton of flexibility either. Florida’s price wouldn’t have been high on Berra and it sounds like the Panthers recognized giving him a chance to get back to the NHL was the right thing to do. But the Kings didn’t see him as enough of an upgrade. If they were going to go out and get anyone, it had to be someone who clearly eclipsed Peter Budaj.

(Emphasis above is ours.)

That the Flyers and Kings have talked here is not at all surprising, for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the two organizations are pretty familiar with one another. Ron Hextall, of course, worked with the Kings for seven years before coming back to Philadelphia, and has executed two trades with them in his time as Flyers General Manager.

Additionally, the Flyers’ goalie situation does seem like one that, to a team looking for immediate short-term goaltending help, is worth asking about. Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth are both guys who have shown that they can be decent-or-better goalies, and neither of them has a contract that runs beyond this season — perfect for the Kings, who have Quick’s mammoth contract on their books until 2023 and as such would prefer not to take on more long-term money at the position.

Friedman specifically mentions Mason, though, and for reasons he also describes, it’s not too hard to see why things couldn’t work there. Both the Flyers and Kings are a bit tight when it comes to space nowadays — the Flyers are dipping into their long-term injured reserve space, while the Kings, via CapFriendly, have less than $1 million of room themselves. There’d likely need to be similar amounts of salary moved between the two sides to facilitate a deal, and that’s a tricky deal to make work.

What may be more curious here is the name that wasn’t mentioned, and that’s Neuvirth. If cap space is an issue, then it’s somewhat surprising that Neuvirth — who only makes $1.625 million against the cap this year, close enough to the Kings’ limit that they may be able to get him in without a significant shake-up — isn’t someone the Kings reportedly looked at much in their attempts to improve in net. (In fairness, we don’t know if or how much the Kings may have considered Neuvirth as an option; we only know that, from what Friedman has reported, he does not appear to be “among” the names they gave serious thought to.)

In any case, we don’t have much inclination to believe the Flyers would trade Mason or Neuvirth right now. Hextall insisted at the beginning of last offseason that while he’d listen to offers on both of his goalies, he likes the situation the team has now and would like to keep it as it is, with the two goalies being around to push one another.

Right now, Mason appears to be the team’s No. 1 goalie — in every game since the opener (in which Neuvirth played very well against, fittingly enough, Los Angeles), Mason has either started or replaced Neuvirth mid-game. Neuvirth hasn’t played well, while Mason has had a strong past few games.

Still, the Flyers have seen both of these goalies play enough to know that they’re both capable of hot and cold streaks, and you’d have to think they’re hoping and even expecting Neuvirth to eventually turn things around and will just roll with Mason in the meantime. As Charlie alluded to in his observations for Tuesday night’s win over Buffalo — a win in which Neuvirth was pulled after allowing three second-period goals:

For the second straight start, Neuvirth was off his game. While it’s tough to blame him for Ennis’ deflection goal, his positioning was poor on both power play tallies, and Hakstol rightfully pulled him in favor of Mason as a result. Once in the game, Mason was a steadying force, stopping all eight Buffalo shots and both shootout chances. His save percentage remains “just okay” at 0.901, even if Mason’s last three appearances have fallen somewhere between good and stellar. But Neuvirth is a total mess right now, ranking second-to-last in league save percentage.

This is why trading Mason (or Neuvirth, for that matter) was always a misguided idea. Goalies can struggle seemingly at random, and have unexplainable bad seasons. But if your team stockpiles two above-average true-talent netminders, the chances of both having a bad year simultaneously are pretty low. Right now, Neuvirth is struggling and Mason isn’t, so Hakstol can ride Mason for a while while Neuvirth tries to fix his issues. That’s a luxury that many teams simply do not have.

Could this change as the season goes on? Sure. If one of the two really grabs the reins and runs with the job and the Flyers look to give him a long-term contract, the other one could very well become trade bait. But we’re seven games into the season, and the decision to make such a move this early in the year would be a bit hasty, at least.

All of which is to essentially reinforce the idea that right now the Flyers aren’t going to trade either one of their goalies unless they’re simply bowled over with an offer they have to take, which appears to be something L.A. can’t provide right now. We’ll see if that changes later in the year.



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/26/13417600/philadelphia-flyers-steve-mason-nhl-los-angeles-kings-trade-rumors-ron-hextall-goaltending


[#] Wed Oct 26 2016 17:06:54 EDT from Travis Hughes

Subject: 14 members of Flyers Hall of Fame to attend pregame ceremony vs. Coyotes

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The family members of six others will be in attendance as well.

As part of one of the many “Heritage Nights” the Flyers will be hosting during this 50th anniversary season, the team will welcome 14 team Hall of Famers and the family members of six others on Thursday night.

They’ll be on hand for a pregame ceremony before the Flyers take on the Arizona Coyotes at the Wells Fargo center.

Here are the Flyers Hall of Famers who will be in attendance:

  • Bill Barber
  • Rod Brind’Amour
  • Bob Clarke
  • Ron Hextall (obviously)
  • Mark Howe
  • John LeClair
  • Reggie Leach
  • Eric Lindros
  • Bernie Parent
  • Brian Propp
  • Dave Poulin
  • Dave Schultz
  • Joe Watson
  • Jim Watson

And here are the family members representing other Flyers Hall of Fame members:

  • Lindy Snider, daughter of Ed Snider
  • Sarah Hart, wife of Gene Hart
  • Donna Ashbee, wife of Barry Ashbee
  • Danielle MacLeish, daughter of Rick MacLeish
  • Chase Rogers, grandson of Keith Allen
  • Patricia Scott & Greg Scott, wife and son of Joe Scott

This leaves just a handful of team Hall of Famers unrepresented in the arena on Thursday night: Fred Shero, Gary Dornhoefer, Ed Van Impe, Tim Kerr and Eric Desjardins.



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/26/13428302/14-members-of-flyers-hall-of-fame-to-attend-pregame-ceremony-vs-coyotes


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 06:26:22 EDT from Kelly Hinkle

Subject: Thursday Morning Fly By: Flyers never say die!

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*Travis Konecny is already making a difference on this team and we're only five games in. [Inquirer]

*No seriously, it's the Konecny show right now. [Courier-Post]

*You know who else is off to a very sexy start? Jake Voracek, that's who. [The Sports Daily]

*Apparently the Los Angeles Kings were sniffing around Steve Mason? WELL YOU CAN'T HAVE HIM, SO... [BSH]

*Okay bad news now: Michael Raffl is hurt. This is less than ideal. [Sons of Penn]

*So it's been an up-and-down season so far for this team right? But one thing we know, Flyers never say die. [BSH]

*Seems like for the most part, NHL coaches rarely like to play the same goalie in back to back game situations. But Marty Biron thinks that's dumb and it should be done differently. [CBC]

*DGB brings us five goalies who played for way too many teams. [The Hockey News]

*And finally, presented without comment, here is a story about people being angry that a Canadian hockey arena is doing away with nacho cheese sauce. [CBC]



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13426496/thursday-morning-fly-by-flyers-never-say-die


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 11:31:22 EDT from Kelly Hinkle

Subject: BSH Radio #80: The curious case of Dave Hakstol’s lineup

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In which Steph, Bill, Charlie & Kelly try to figure out just what exactly is going through Dave Hakstol’s mind

What’s better than Flyers game day, you ask? Why, it’s Flyers game day with a side of BSH Radio!

Charlie, Steph, Bill, & Kelly are back chatting calmly about everything that’s happened in the Flyers’ world this week, including the Flyers’ surprise shootout win, the Flyers’ problems on the penalty kill, and Dave Hakstol’s professed love for Andrew MacDonald. Okay ... might be over stating that last bit. But still.

You can listen below, but the show is also available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, and we'll be coming soon to the (free!) Liberty Podcasts app on your smartphone.

Follow us on twitter @BSH_Radio so you don't miss any of the fun!



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13429238/bsh-radio-flyers-podcast


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 12:17:07 EDT from Ari Yanover

Subject: DJ MDZ’s backstory explained in newest episode of Stall Talk

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Stall Talk is back!!

Stall Talk is back, and everything is right with the world.

Since the Philadelphia Flyers debuted Stall Talk earlier this year, everything has been great, right from the premiere episode in which Claude Giroux and Michael Del Zotto had a great and friendly chat (before Giroux somehow became a producer).

Now, in the first episode of season two, it’s Giroux with the mic. The more things change, the more they stay the same, though: because of course DJ MDZ gets brought up, and of course he had a hand in the Flyers’ new goal song. And now we know exactly how he wants us to celebrate along with it. He very much displays that.

And we even get a backstory on how DJ MDZ came to be! He’s so nerdy about it. It’s always awesome to see people get so passionate about what they love, even if it kinda gets shot down immediately after, like Giroux does. Aw. Poor DJ MDZ.

Also, man, you notice how much Giroux blinks? So much.



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13437058/dj-michael-del-zotto-s-backstory-explained-in-newest-episode-of-flyers-stall-talk


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 13:02:53 EDT from Travis Hughes

Subject: Flyers vs. Coyotes preview: It’s a lineup shakeup!

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Look at that first line. Just look at it.

Since you read Broad Street Hockey Dot Com four times a day, you are likely aware that it’s the 50th anniversary season for the Philadelphia Flyers. And tonight when the team hosts the Arizona Coyotes at the Wells Fargo Center, it’ll be first of several “Heritage Nights” they host.

They’ll welcome 15 members of the team Hall of Fame into the building for a pregame ceremony. We don’t know exactly how that will look, but we’re expecting it to be pretty cool. As far as we can tell, this is one of the few times in history that this many members of the Flyers Hall of Fame are in one place. It should be quite the scene.

Puck drop will be around 7:20 p.m. after the ceremony.

On the ice, Dale Weise returns from suspension. The Flyers have returned Taylor Leier to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and it looks like Boyd Gordon will take a seat with Weise checking back into the lineup.

There’s a bit of a shakeup on the top-6 as well, with Travis Konecny joining Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux on the top line. (fire emoji) Sean Couturier will center Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds on the second line, and on the third line, Nick Cousins is back to the center position between Brayden Schenn and Weise.

Steve Mason will start in goal, as he’s pretty clearly taken the lead in the goalie battle against Michal Neuvirth. The defensive pairings are the same as we saw on Tuesday against Buffalo.

Since we last met the Coyotes on the first weekend of the season, they’ve .... uhh, yet to win a game. Much like the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, they wrap up a long East Coast road trip this evening in Philadelphia hoping just to scrounge up one victory after losses to Ottawa, Montreal and all three New York-area teams.

The Flyers probably should have won that game out in Arizona on October 15, too. It was what’s turned into a typical game for them early this season: a slow start with a big comeback. But overall in that one, they pushed the Coyotes around and controlled the puck for long stretches, including for much of the overtime period before giving up a frustrating one on a delayed penalty.

They’ll go with goalie Louis Domingue in net tonight. In three starts and one relief appearance this season, Domingue has allowed 13 goals. In 154 minutes of ice time. That said, he will likely shut the Flyers out tonight.

Tonight’s game is on CSN Philly and 97.5 The Fanatic locally. In Arizona, it’s on FS Arizona. Elsewhere you’ll need an NHL Center Ice or NHL.tv subscription to watch.

Here’s a full look at lineups:

Philadelphia lineup

Forwards

  1. Travis Konecny - Claude Giroux - Jake Voracek
  2. Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds
  3. Brayden Schenn - Nick Cousins - Dale Weise
  4. Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Roman Lyubimov

Defense

  1. Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere
  2. Ivan Provorov - Brandon Manning
  3. Radko Gudas - Mark Streit

Goalies

  1. Steve Mason
  2. Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Boyd Gordon, Nick Schultz

Injured: Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl

Suspended: nobody! omg!

Arizona lineup

Forwards

  1. Max Domi - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
  2. Jamie McGinn - Jordan Martinook - Anthony Duclair (lol Rangers)
  3. Tobias Funke Rieder - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan
  4. Laurent Dauphin - Christian Dvorak - Former Flyer Ryan White

Defense

  1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy
  2. Alex Goligoski - Michael Stone
  3. Jakob Chychrun - Former Flyer Luke Schenn

Goalies

  1. Louis Domingue
  2. Justin Peters



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13435142/flyers-vs-coyotes-preview-it-s-a-lineup-shakeup


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 14:19:07 EDT from Travis Hughes

Subject: We’re hosting a watch party for Flyers vs. Canadiens on November 5

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Our friends from Philly Phaithful will be there, too!

RSVP here!

Need something to do next Saturday night? Why not join your friends at Broad Street Hockey and Philly Phaithful and watch the Flyers take on the Canadiens?

We’ll be at McSorley’s Pub in Ardmore for the road game against the Habs that night, watching with beer specials on eight TVs. There will be lots of hockey talk, good friends, and some free t-shirt giveaways from Philly Phaithful. The bar is walking distance from the Wynnewood Road stop on the Norristown Line.

So, join us! 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

(Note: the bar is called Diablo’s Smokehouse for now, but that changes on November 1. The address is still the same.)

RSVP here!



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13440058/we-re-hosting-a-watch-party-for-flyers-vs-canadiens-on-november-5


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 17:22:08 EDT from Travis Hughes

Subject: Flyers vs. Coyotes: Preview, lineups, TV coverage, live stream and discussion thread

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Tonight’s game will start around 7:22 p.m. due to the pregame ceremony honoring the Flyers Hall of Fame members. More on that here.

For the Arizona perspective, visit our friends at Five For Howling.

Tonight’s game is on CSN Philly and 97.5 The Fanatic locally. In Arizona, it’s on FS Arizona. Elsewhere you’ll need an NHL Center Ice or NHL.tv subscription to watch.

Philadelphia lineup

Forwards

  1. Travis Konecny - Claude Giroux - Jake Voracek
  2. Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Wayne Simmonds
  3. Brayden Schenn - Nick Cousins - Dale Weise
  4. Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Roman Lyubimov

Defense

  1. Andrew MacDonald - Shayne Gostisbehere
  2. Ivan Provorov - Brandon Manning
  3. Radko Gudas - Mark Streit

Goalies

  1. Steve Mason
  2. Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Boyd Gordon, Nick Schultz

Injured: Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl

Suspended: nobody! omg!

Arizona lineup

Forwards

  1. Max Domi - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
  2. Jamie McGinn - Jordan Martinook - Anthony Duclair (lol Rangers)
  3. Tobias Funke Rieder - Brad Richardson - Shane Doan
  4. Laurent Dauphin - Christian Dvorak - Former Flyer Ryan White

Defense

  1. Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Connor Murphy
  2. Alex Goligoski - Michael Stone
  3. Jakob Chychrun - Former Flyer Luke Schenn

Goalies

  1. Louis Domingue

Justin Peters



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13442712/flyers-vs-coyotes-preview-lineups-tv-coverage-live-stream-and-discussion-thread


[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 22:42:22 EDT from Kurt R.

Subject: Flyers vs. Coyotes recap: More like Hall of Defensive Struggles

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Sometimes Ryan White scores a game-winning goal against you and you have to just kind of laugh, y’know?

The Flyers played a hockey game tonight. They lost 5-4 and it was stupid and bad. The Coyotes picked up their second win of the season, in the process also picking up their second win of the season against the Flyers, because sure, why not. Let’s briefly get through this and never discuss it again until tomorrow morning I guess.

HERE ARE PEOPLE SCORING HOCKEY GOALS:

Arizona led things off in the first period after a defensive breakdown in front allowed a pass to get across to Jamie McGinn, who got the puck over Mason’s pad and in.

Then, later on in the period, they’d double that lead to 2-0 as an Oliver Ekman-Larsson point shot that may or may not have been deflected by Max Domi in front.

That was all we’d see in the first period, and it was bad. But! The Flyers would find their way onto the scoreboard about halfway through regulation, as a great pass by Dale Weise from the boards led to a Brayden Schenn shot that was slammed home by Nick Cousins on the rebound.

Then, on the Flyers’ fifth power play of the night (after a call we’ll talk about in just a moment), it was Schenn with his second goal of the year, as a loose rebound in the crease was poked into the net to tie things up.

Naturally, then, things got weird. First, the Coyotes got a break up the ice and Martin Hanzal would slide one past Mason to give the Coyotes a lead. This would be reviewed, as it certainly appeared that Schenn (who laid a huge, legal hit on Michael Stone there at center ice) and Jakob Chychrun started fighting before Hanzal’s goal was scored.

Review would allow the goal to stand, but Chychrun was given an instigator and the Flyers immediately were sent back to the power play. And a goal was scored on that power play!

Just, uh, not by the right team.

This goal was also reviewed, and the refs determined that Ivan Provorov’s stick being in Brad Richardson’s skates was what caused him to fall into Steve Mason, and as such the goal was allowed to stand.

Of note, this was Brad Richardson’s second shorthanded goal of the NHL season. Bet you can’t guess who he scored his other one against?

So at this point, God, who was clearly having fun up there watching this, presumably decided that it would be really freakin’ funny for Andrew MacDonald (who had an absolutely dreadful game tonight outside of this very moment) to be the guy who scored on a shot from just inside the blue line as that power play had expired. Take it away, big man!

Was a comeback in the air? Could the Flyers, who have made comebacks almost stunningly routine so far this season, complete one more?

They couldn’t. And it was an old friend who would finish the job.

Yes, that’s Ryan White, scoring on his old team. And it’d end up being the game-winner, as with 14 seconds left in the game Wayne Simmonds would score a power play goal that I’m not even going to bother embedding in here. And that was that.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED:

  • Before the game, of course, the Flyers had a pregame ceremony honoring 14 members of their Hall of Fame. It was cool as heck. If you had attended the game, you probably should have left after it ended.
  • At the risk of sounding like a homer here, I literally can not remember the last time the Flyers came up on the good end of a somewhat borderline goaltender interference call in a meaningful hockey game, which is why it was so stunning to see not only a Coyotes goal waived off but a Flyers power play as the result of Laurent Dauphin interfering with Steve Mason’s stick in the second period. (Naturally, the universe then balanced itself out in the third on that aforementioned fourth goal by the Coyotes.)

HERE ARE SOME OTHER THOUGHTS REGARDING THIS GAME:

  • This, the Flyers’ eighth game of the season, was the Flyers’ fifth game this year in which they have erased a deficit of at least two goals to re-tie the game at some point. That’s kind of neat, and shows that this team is pretty much never going to be out of a game. However...
  • ...the obvious other side of that is that the Flyers still have not quite figured out how this whole “starting a game” thing works. The Flyers have given up the first goal in each of their last seven games, and have still yet to enter the first intermission of a game with a lead. This team has shown it can dig its way out of a hole, but wouldn’t it be nicer if they never had to be there in the first place?
  • You can see it from the above highlights, but this was not exactly Mason’s finest game. The goal allowed to White was the real killer (and it looks even worse in hindsight knowing that it stood up as the game-winner), and even with a couple of really nice saves in the first period this was probably his worst game of the season. Three appearances in four nights isn’t an easy ask, but you’d hope to see a better performance here. We’ll see if Michal Neuvirth gets a shot at righting his own ship on Saturday against Pittsburgh, or if Mason gets a shot of his own.
  • Not to excuse anyone else on the defense, because a lot of guys didn’t exactly look great defensively, but sheesh, this was not a good night for Andrew MacDonald. A lot of obviously visible defensive miscues and turnovers tonight, and the on-ice numbers were not kind to him at all either. Hakstol stood by his defenseman after playing him over Nick Schultz last Tuesday; we’ll see if MacDonald stays in the lineup on Saturday.

Comment of the Night:

There were a lot of angry Andrew MacDonald comments in our gamethread tonight. I don’t know. You pick the best one.

Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Let’s not spot them a two-goal lead, OK? Go Flyers.



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/27/13447044/flyers-vs-coyotes-nhl-recap-more-like-hall-of-defensive-struggles


[#] Fri Oct 28 2016 06:35:29 EDT from Kelly Hinkle

Subject: Friday Morning Fly By: Weirdest. Game. Ever.

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*Andrew MacDonald is hot burning garbage but whatever, can't focus on anything but tomorrow's Pens game. RECAP!

*Oh god, the new horrible goal song is all making sense now. Michael Del Zotto is to blame. We should've known this. [BSH]

*In case you missed it, a new episode of BSH Radio dropped yesterday and let me tell you folks, it might be the best one yet! (out of three) [BSH]

*We're lucky around here because we have two (relatively) solid goalies, but the Flyers aren't the only team leaning on their backup goaltender more than usual. [CBC]

*There's a youth movement in the NHL for sure, but DGB wants to take a second to sing the praises of the league's remaining old dudes. [Sportsnet]

*Wayne Gretzky was on Bill Simmons' show this week talking about the NHL and why it'll never be the NFL. [Puck Daddy]

*Speaking of Gretzky, would he been to set his records in today's NHL? Probably not. [CBC]

*And finally, have you ever wanted to hang out with your favorite Broad Street Hockey writers and watch a fun hockey game? No? Well uh...come out and join us anyway. You might win something! [BSH]



http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2016/10/28/13441196/friday-morning-fly-by


[#] Fri Oct 28 2016 09:38:30 EDT from Charlie O'Connor

Subject: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4: 10 things we learned from a defensive mess of a game

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The Arizona Coyotes are now 2-5 this season. They are 2-0 against the Flyers. This is not ideal.

Morning Observations is a feature where we break down the previous night's game with an analytical eye.

#1: One good period isn’t enough

It’s fair to come out of this game frustrated with a few select players. It’s fair to have some issues with a few of the calls on the ice. It’s even fair to yell about the Flyers’ overall goaltending so far this year. All are viable contributing factors as to why Philadelphia lost last night to the Arizona Coyotes. But in the end, the Flyers played just a 20-minute game, only playing a complete game in the middle stanza. That’s not a formula to win much in the NHL.

To be sure, Philadelphia dominated the second period. They blasted 26 unblocked shot attempts at Arizona goalie Louis Domingue, while allowing just four to the Coyotes. That’s not carrying a period — that’s utter obliteration of the opposition. As a result, it’s not surprising that the team won the overall key even strength statistical categories, such as score-adjusted Corsi (52.24%) and xG (54.63%). But the other two periods were not as flattering to the Flyers. Another poor start resulted in a 2-0 hole as Philadelphia failed both in shot and goal prevention. Then, the third period was a comedy of errors, as Arizona scored three goals due to big Flyers’ mistakes.

Sure, if Mason stops the weak goal #5, or goal #3 gets blown dead by the referee when Jakob Chychrun dropped his gloves rather than after Martin Hanzal had already scored, or if Andrew MacDonald merely has a run-of-the-mill bad game, the Flyers probably win last night. But that’s more a commentary on the quality of their opponent. Philadelphia simply needs to put forth 60-minute efforts if they really want to get rolling this year.

#2: Still, bottom of the roster was especially poor

Even though this loss was a team effort, that doesn’t mean that certain players aren’t more culpable than others. And a quick glance at the on-ice attempt differentials chart shows that most of the Flyers’ top-of-the-lineup guys graded out pretty well at even strength. Simmonds and Couturier finished with score-adjusted Corsi For percentages over 65%. Gudas, Streit, Manning and Provorov all were over 57%. The captain posted a solid 55.59 percent. When these key players were on the ice, Philadelphia was generally creating shots and chances and giving the team a chance to win.

The bottom of the lineup, on the other hand, was a mess. Former Untouchables Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde both finished below 40% on the chart, while the pairing of Andrew MacDonald and Shayne Gostisbehere closed out the night at 33.14% and 36.73% respectively. The bad news is that these players are not performing well (though I’m tempted to temporarily change Gostisbehere’s name to "Andrew MacDonald’s partner" because I’m not sure anyone could succeed beside him right now), but the good news is that the big issues among the skaters are isolated to specific sections of the lineup. In theory, that should make them easier to fix. Only time will tell if that proves to be the case in reality, though.

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#3: Yet another slow start

One of the prevailing narratives of the early season for the Flyers has been their performance in first periods. The results have been horrific — they have a 45.59% Corsi in first periods so far this year, and have been outscored overall by a margin of 8-1. It seems like in every game there’s a different reason for the poor early showing, so it’s not as if the root cause is consistent. Some nights, it’s passing. On other occasions, it’s too many early penalties. Still other times it’s an impotent forecheck.

Hakstol was blunt after the game in his assessment of the team’s first period, as he said, "We didn’t play well to start this game; we didn’t have the intensity to begin the game at the drop of the puck. It wasn’t there. We have to address that, we have to get better." To Hakstol’s credit as well, he shouldered the blame for the poor overall outcome, stating, "We have to look at ourselves and that always starts when we wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. That starts with me and that goes through our entire group." To me, this issue is mostly on the players. The system clearly works — the Flyers are showing that in other periods. For some reason, it just hasn’t been there early in games far too often this year. That feels like an execution problem, not coaching.

#4: Andrew MacDonald is a real problem

Andrew MacDonald has long been the target of critics throughout the fanbase, especially those who favor statistical analysis in their evaluation of players. After all, MacDonald’s advanced metrics at 5v5 are truly horrid, among the league’s worst. But he’s also had his supporters as well, who credit him for being a decent puck-mover and believe he is unfairly criticized because he is undeniably overpaid. However, these last few weeks have whittled down that pool of MacDonald defenders to almost nothing.

There’s a strong case to be made that he was the worst player on the ice last night, which is especially amazing considering he scored a third period goal. But in terms of defense, he struggled on every shift. There was the pass right on the tape to an Arizona forward in the first period. Then, we saw him lose the forward on his side of the ice on the Coyotes’ first goal. And don’t forget his poor read in the neutral zone leading to Arizona’s third goal. To be honest, there were even more plays than these three that succeeded in forcing the Flyers to spend more time in their own end of the ice and less time on the attack, but those simply didn’t warrant the making of a video or gif. MacDonald’s 33.14% score-adjusted Corsi was well earned.

So what happens now? I asked Hakstol after the game how he evaluated a game where MacDonald scored but also was involved in so many coverage issues. The head coach did not single out the defenseman in his response but he also did not defend him, stating, "I think that’s a little bit typical of our game. We did some good things sporadically but you don’t win games by doing a few good things sporadically throughout the game. You have to be good from start to finish, individually, collectively and that’s how you win games." There’s little upside for a coach with Hakstol’s personality to publicly rip a struggling player, but I find it hard to believe MacDonald will be in the lineup on Saturday against the Penguins over Nick Schultz. Truthfully, he’d probably be doing the 30-year old veteran a service by sitting him, because a matchup with Sidney Crosby is the last thing he needs right now.

#5: Mason with his worst performance of the year

So far this season, I’ve defended the play of Steve Mason. Sure, his overall save percentage wasn’t particularly impressive, but he was making big stops and regularly outperforming his Expected Goals allowed metrics. However, last night was Mason’s first real clunker. The fifth goal is the one that looks the worst, as he moved into the "reverse-VH" position just as Ryan White chose to roof the puck, a poor decision. As for the rest of the goals, none were "easy," and I’d absolve him on Richardson’s goal entirely. But on many of the others (especially Ekman-Larsson’s tally), Mason could have played the situation better. They weren’t awful goals, but the one constant with bad goalies is that observers are always making excuses for why "that one was a tough save, can’t blame him!" The fact is, there are lots of tough shots and situations in a game — the best netminders simply make them and we then forget about the opportunities. Last night, Mason just wasn’t up to that standard.

#6: Couturier does not need Voracek and Konecny to drive play

When the line combinations were announced this morning and both Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek were moved up to play with Claude Giroux, there was some concern that decision would dramatically hinder the effectiveness of second line center Sean Couturier. After all, his line was the team’s most dangerous offensively over the first seven games, and receiving Simmonds and Matt Read as wingers was a legitimate downgrade for him.

Well, Couturier may not have scored last night, but pushing play in the right direction was no issue at all for him. He finished with a stellar 66.07% score-adjusted Corsi, and was active on the cycle all game. It shouldn’t be a surprise — Couturier was a fantastic play-driver last year regardless of linemates. He can carry a line even without electric talents beside him, and this game was just a reminder of that fact.

#7: New look third line fairly effective

Dale Weise returned to the lineup last night following his three-game suspension, and he was placed with new linemates to celebrate his return — Nick Cousins and Brayden Schenn. Both players had something to prove, as Cousins was receiving his first start at his natural center position and Schenn had just been dropped to line three with the task of finding his game. The trio started a bit slow, with Schenn in particular struggling in the neutral zone. But by the second period they were rolling, and were even able to light the lamp due to strong puck retrieval from Weise eventually resulting in a rebound goal for Cousins. The line ended up basically breaking even from a Corsi standpoint, but the goal should keep them together for at least another game.

#8: Giroux snakebitten

So far this season, Claude Giroux has nine points in eight games, a solid statistical start for the captain. However, he’s yet to score a goal, which of course has the anti-Giroux contingent up in arms. Giroux does appear to be pressing a bit, as he blasted a couple opportunities on the power play way over the net, usually a tell-tale sign of the captain trying too hard and not simply trusting his skillset.

But in truth, Giroux is just snakebit right now. He’s had multiple high-quality scoring chances flat out be robbed by the opposing netminder, such as his opportunity in the slot with nine minutes remaining last night. The numbers back it up — he finished with a 0.63 individual Expected Goal total against the Coyotes, third among Flyers’ players, and his full-season ixG total is just under two goals. Giroux’s process has been good enough from a goalscoring standpoint, he just hasn’t gotten the breaks as of yet. But they’ll come.

#9: Top unit inconsistent but on the whole productive

The Flyers’ top power play unit can certainly be frustrating. For all their offensive firepower, they go through stretches where they can barely seem able to set up in formation, due to turnovers and zone entry tactics that often seem to lack creativity. But once Philadelphia’s top unit does get set up on the attack, look out. That was how things went last night, as the Flyers’ PP alternated between ghastly inefficient to well-oiled machine from opportunity to opportunity.

The numbers ended up looking fine for the top unit on the whole, as they scored twice (once at 5v4, once at 6v4) and posted strong shot creation numbers (Giroux’s 5v4 on-ice Corsi For of 118.19 would have ranked him just outside the NHL top-10 last year). Just because PP1 didn’t dominate to the degree that they did against Buffalo doesn’t mean they had a poor performance, and they certainly weren’t a reason for the loss.

#10: Lyubimov looked more effective than Bellemare or VandeVelde

Given the opportunity to play on a new version of the fourth line, Roman Lyubimov played wing with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde as the third wheel of an "Untouchables" reunion night (Ryan White was in the building as well, but in Coyotes’ colors). In true Untouchables fashion, Bellemare and VandeVelde struggled to drive play, but Lyubimov had no such issues. When he was on the ice, the Flyers generated 63.64% of the overall shot attempts at 5v5 — a strong rate.

Sure, he only received 7:36 minutes of even strength ice time. But he still looks faster and stronger than VandeVelde, and he even outplayed Bellemare as well, who has yet to showcase his plus forechecking skills from last season. And with his penalty killing role progressively expanding, it’s at least possible Lyubimov could stay in the lineup over VandeVelde when all are healthy. Unlikely, but possible.



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[#] Fri Oct 28 2016 12:56:44 EDT from SB Nation NHL Staff

Subject: Flyers forward Jakub Voracek recognized with Number 1 Hockey Boy honor

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PHILADELPHIA (SB Nation Wire Service) — The #Number1HockeyBoy Panel on Friday released its latest rankings of the Number 1 Boy in Hockey. It’s the third installment of the highly-anticipated rankings during the 2016-17 season.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, known by the panel as “Jake Vorahees”, has been named the Number 1 Hockey Boy for October 28, 2016. Rounding out the Top 3 are forward Travis Konecny, a.k.a. “Travvy Krueger”, and captain Claude Giroux, a.k.a. “Count Girouxula”. Last week’s Number 1 Hockey Boy, Matt Read, is now Number 5 Hockey Boy.

Noted national anthem singer Lauren Hart was a guest panelist this week.

Here are the full rankings, as announced by Dr. Pizza, MD, chairperson of the #N1HB Panel.

All hockey boys receiving votes are members of the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

The #N1HB Panel, which consists of Top Women And Men from the hockey analysis community, will continue to evaluate Hockey Boys and will meet weekly for the remainder of the season to review game action. The panel is are expected to issue new rankings each week.



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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 10:38:40 EDT from AdamHermann

Subject: Thursday Night Football: Broncos at Chargers

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Can the Chargers do anything right?

Thursday Night Football! Time for sports on a weekday. Love it.

The Broncos are probably a little displeased after losing to the Falcons in the prime time afternoon slot on Sunday. I can’t imagine they took the loss to kindly.

And the Chargers have had the worst luck of any football team, Cleveland Browns included. Injuries, turnovers, blown game-tying field goals — you name it. They are falling apart at the seams. Poor Philip Rivers.

I would recommend against watching this game. The Broncos are going to win. We’ve got playoff baseball, plus opening-game hockey between the Pens and Caps on NBCSN. HOWEVER, if you want to watch this game, here’s how:

How to watch

YOU CAN WATCH IT ON SBNATION.COM. How crazy is that? Love the internet so much. Watch tonight's Thursday Night Football live stream over at SB Nation. Click the link. Click it. DO IT.

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
TV channel: CBS, NFLN
Online streaming: Twitter, NFL Game Pass (with subscription)
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson

Odds

Per Bovada, the Cardinals are favored to top the 49ers on the road.

Arizona Cardinals: -3.5 (-115)
San Francisco 49ers: +3.5 (-105)

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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 10:38:41 EDT from AdamHermann

Subject: Eagles injury report: Leodis McKelvin still out, Cox limited

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Jalen Mills season approaching again?

Fletcher Cox and Bryan Braman returned to practice as expected on Thursday, but cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who missed Wednesday’s practice and left the Eagles’ loss to the Lions with a hamstring injury, did not.

Cox (ankle) was a limited participant Thursday; Braman was a full participant.

McKelvin missed the Eagles’ second and third games of the season after leaving the team’s Week 1 win with a similar hamstring injury.

Doug Pederson said all three players would be healthy and available for Sunday’s game against Washington, but with McKelvin missing practice for a second straight day, it’s fair to question whether the veteran cornerback will be healthy in time for the Eagles’ first divisional matchup of the season.

It’s also interesting to take into account the Eagles’ roster move this morning. With Lane Johnson suspended for 10 games, and therefore not counting towards the team’s 53-man roster, the Eagles promoted cornerback C.J. Smith from the practice squad to the active roster.

Smith, along with Paul Turner, was long believed to be one of the team’s more likely practice squad promotions, so the move wasn’t much of a surprise. But it’s fair to wonder if Doug Pederson promoted Smith because the team thinks McKelvin might miss Sunday’s game.

We’ll see what the injury report says tomorrow, but right now, I would bet against McKelvin being able to go, which would mean more Jalen Mills as the team’s third corner.

Here’s the Eagles’ full injury report:

Meanwhile, in Washington, tight end Jordan Reed was absent from practice. It’s believed he’s undergoing treatment for a possible concussion.



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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 10:38:41 EDT from Alexis Chassen

Subject: Josh Norman matchup will be critical for the Eagles in Washington

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Philadelphia’s success Sunday could depend on Norman’s.

A loss is never a good thing, but it is valuable for a team with a rookie quarterback to learn what it takes to get back to a winning mentality after a one-point loss in the NFL. The season is still young, and there is plenty of time for the Eagles to get back on top of the NFC East.

But first, Washington.

As the landing spot for some of the most notable former Eagles, the division rivalry is strong with this one. While Washington of course no longer has Donovan McNabb at quarterback, they do still harbor deep threat specialist and noted shit-talker DeSean Jackson. Most of Jackson’s issues with the Eagles organization stemmed from Chip Kelly and his regime ostensibly painting him as a thug in order to justify trading one of the team’s most lethal offensive weapons. The wideout may not play with as much aggression now that Doug Pederson leads the squad, but he’s also not one to take it easy against his former team.

The real test this week for Philadelphia will be on the other side of the ball. Secondary player, yet second to none, is the very verbal corner Josh Norman, who is still trying to show people he deserved his insane 5-year, $75 million contract. Despite his price tag, the cornerback has shown a few signs of weakness this season, and one of them can definitely be exploited by the Eagles.

Sometimes size matters

Norman earned every penny of his new contract in the post-season last year in Carolina. Despite not staying with the Panthers, he showed that he can be one of the more formidable defenders in the league and his penchant for jawing with receivers just adds to his motivation.

One thing that smack talk and training can’t account for? Size.

Norman is only 6’0, 190 pounds — which made it rather difficult for the cornerback to cover Browns’ receiver Terrelle Pryor, who stands at 6’4, 230 pounds, in Week 4. Pryor took advantage of the size differential throughout the entire first half, reaching for passes that Norman couldn’t and being more physical than his smaller defender. It’s the kind of man-to-man coverage quarterbacks can take advantage of -- just lob the ball high and let the receiver jump for it.

Washington has been criticized early on for running zone-coverage against some of the best wideouts in the league, letting their $75 million dollar man waste his talent. Knowing that this defensive scheme isn’t one the NFC East rival is looking to adjust, it’s definitely something Wentz and the Eagles can manipulate to their benefit.

As Carson Wentz gets more comfortable in the pocket, he will continue to spread the ball around to different targets. In Week 5, no receiver or tight end had double-digit looks, but they each had a handful. Facing off against Washington, Wentz would be wise to consider matchups more than distribution.

Good: Jordan Matthews vs Josh Norman

Matchups will be key on Sunday against Washington. Eagles’ receiver Jordan Matthews stands at 6’3, 203 pounds and more closely emulates the body type that most gave Norman issue so far this season. As a taller receiver, he provides an option for Wentz to heave the ball downfield and let Matthews work to get it if the slot wideout ever finds himself across from Norman.

The third year receiver saw 23 targets the first two games of the season combined, but saw only seven total targets the past two outings. This could be due to both inconsistencies and Wentz’ effort to get the ball to Agholor, Ertz, Green-Beckham and Huff as well. Matthews provides one of the best size advantage against Norman on Sunday, but will need to be more aggressive down field to come away with the ball.

Other good matchups: Zach Ertz (6’5, 249 pounds) and Dorial Green-Beckham (6’6, 225 pounds).

Bad: Nelson Agholor vs Josh Norman

On the other hand, if Norman matches up with second-year wideout Nelson Agholor, the Washington cornerback has a much greater chance of breaking up a pass or coming away with an interception. Agholor is much closer in size to Norman — both standing at 6’0 and Agholor five pounds lighter -- plus his inconsistency can play right into the veteran defender’s hands.

Coming off a Week 3 performance that didn’t include any drops by the receiver, Agholor’s Week 5 display was far more disappointing, catching two of seven targets for 27 yards. The young player will need to protect the ball Sunday, especially if he’s going up against Norman. We don’t want to add to Wentz’ remarkably low interception total.

Other bad matchups: Josh Huff (5’11, 203 pounds)


Norman may be one of the best secondary players in the league, but he isn’t bulletproof, and the start of the 2016 season has proven that. If the Eagles want to win on the road at Washington -- and get a leg up in the NFC East battle — they’ll need to adjust their passing scheme to account for size differentials.



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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 10:38:41 EDT from Dave Mangels

Subject: Which Washington Redskin would you take on the Eagles?

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So many to chose from, especially if you add the injured list

Each week we look at which player from the Eagles opposition would be the best to steal for that week's game. The Washington Redskins offer a variety of options.

Offense

The Eagles need to give Carson Wentz all the help he can get, and the Redskins have choices. The popular pick here might be DeSean Jackson, who would give Carson Wentz and the Eagles a legitimate deep threat that they lack. For the skill position players, he's the choice for Sunday. But there's another player who might be an even easier choice: Trent Williams. With Lane Johnson suspended, Williams would fill the hole created with Johnson out. In the real world he wouldn't want to play right tackle, but we're not in the real world. The oft-injured Jordan Reed would improve a strength, but he is going through concussion protocol and may not be available.

What if we took more of a long view? Neither Williams, in his age 28 season, or Jackson, 30, are spring chickens. Of the younger players, the pick might be Jamison Crowder, who is only in his second year and is already a solid slot receiver. The Eagles can't be picky about adding talented young players on offense, and Crowder would immediately deserve playing time ahead of Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff. Josh Doctson has plenty of upside, but is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury. Brandon Scherff was the 5th overall pick in 2015, but was moved to guard after struggling at tackle, where the Eagles don't have much of a need.

Defense

The Eagles defense doesn't need much help, but there are some options available to them. Josh Norman is expensive and is 29, but against the Redskins WRs he would be a tremendous help to a secondary that once again may be missing Leodis McKelvin. For more of a long term view, rookie Su'a Cravens is the prototypical LB/S hybrid that is becoming more in demand. He's probably the front runner for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The appeal of adding a highly promising player and removing him from a division rival is quite appealing. However he missed last week's game with a concussion and may be out this week as well. Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy are fine players but don't bring anything to the table that the Eagles are lacking.

So the question is, as it has been for these pieces this season, do you want to give Carson Wentz help now, help down the road, or make a strong defense even better, which indirectly helps Wentz? There's really no bad choice this week.

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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 11:24:25 EDT from Ari Yanover

Subject: Wayne Simmonds has another dog, and he is also celebrating his birthday

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Wayne Simmonds is the best. The very best.

Remember when Wayne Simmonds celebrated his dog’s birthday? And then he did it again a year later, because his dog had another birthday, as these things tend to happen?

Well, that was for Jax. But Simmonds has another dog, Boe. And it was Boe’s birthday. His very first one! And Boe’s birthday was also celebrated.

Okay, seriously, Simmonds is phenomenal with his dogs. Not only is he so awesome a person he goes out of his ways to celebrate their birthdays - and everyone who celebrates their dog’s birthday is, by default, an awesome person - but he has them trained so well they don’t immediately go for their doggy cakes.

Seriously, Simmonds is a fantastic dog owner. I hope Boe and Jax have many birthdays, filled with many new toys and awesome dog cakes, for many, many years to come. They deserve it. The Simmonds family is so wholesome and pure.



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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 15:28:56 EDT from Kurt R.

Subject: Flyers vs. Penguins preview: More lineup tweaks coming as the first Battle of Pennsylvania begins

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The Flyers will welcome their cross-state rivals into town for the first time this season.

On the penultimate day of the 2015-16 NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia by a score of 4-1 to clinch a spot in the playoffs. It was a fun day for all of us. I don’t think anything of significance has happened for the Pens since then, but maybe I’m forgetting something. It’s possible.

In any case, the first Flyers-Penguins game of the year takes place tonight, and with the way this matchup primarily went for the Flyers last season (read: not well), it’ll certainly be a tough out for them. It’s been an up-and-down start to the season for the Pens, who announced just before the season started that Sidney Crosby would miss time with another concussion, but he’s been back in the lineup for two games now and will play tonight. (And we’re sure the fans at the Wells Fargo Center tonight wouldn’t have it any other way.)

As far as lineup changes for the Flyers, NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman has your projected lineup based on what he’s seen in practice today and yesterday:

On defense, the one change will come as little surprise: Nick Schultz will take Andrew MacDonald’s spot in the lineup. MacDonald had a particularly rough game on Thursday night against Arizona, and as such he’ll watch from the press box for the first time this season. Schultz will play alongside Shayne Gostisbehere as MacDonald did, while the rest of the defensive lineup will remain the same.

Up front, it’s Nick Cousins who looks like he drew the short straw and will be the healthy scratch for tonight, which jives with the practice lines from yesterday that had him skating with Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl, two players who are currently out with injury. A tad surprising to see that happen after what looked like a strong game from the line of him, Brayden Schenn, and Dale Weise on Thursday night, but it appears he’ll sit regardless.

Schenn, meanwhile, will be back on the top line with Giroux and Wayne Simmonds, while the Travis Konecny - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek line looks like it’s been reunited after a one-game hiatus. Finally, Roman Lyubimov has been moved up to the third line, which is maybe a bit curious, but is likely a reward for maybe his best NHL game yet on Thursday.

Kimelman also noted that Steve Mason is likely to start, meaning the Flyers will be going back to him after his poor game on Thursday. Here’s hoping he rewards that faith with a bounce-back.

As for the flightless birds, they didn’t have a morning skate today, so we don’t quite know what they’ll be up to, but here’s what they ran with last game, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Sam Werner:

That’s pretty close to the same cast they won the Cup with last spring, with two notable exceptions. Marc-Andre Fleury will probably start his ninth straight game as Matt Murray remains out with a hand injury. But the big question is with Kris Letang, the Pens’ best defenseman who has missed four straight games now. We still don’t quite know if he’ll be in the lineup or not — Mike Sullivan said yesterday that Letang was “getting closer” — so we’ll know closer to game time what his status is.

Still, even if Letang doesn’t play, this Pens team gave the Flyers fits in every one of the three games last season where they iced a full NHL lineup, and while the Flyers have shown they can skate and score with most every team they’ve played so far this year, they’re going to need to tighten up in every zone of the ice if they want to have a realistic chance of going toe-to-toe with this Pittsburgh team.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and is on CSN Philly and 97.5 The Fanatic locally. In Pittsburgh (and, if this is you, we’re sorry), it’s on Root Sports. Elsewhere, you’ll be able to watch on NHL Network.

Philadelphia lineup

Forwards

  1. Brayden Schenn - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
  2. Travis Konecny - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
  3. Matt Read - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Roman Lyubimov
  4. Chris VandeVelde - Boyd Gordon - Dale Weise

Defense

  1. Nick Schultz - Shayne Gostisbehere
  2. Ivan Provorov - Brandon Manning
  3. Radko Gudas - Mark Streit

Goalies

  1. Steve Mason
  2. Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Andrew MacDonald, Nick Cousins

Injured: Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl

Suspended: still nobody!!!

Pittsburgh lineup

Forwards

  1. Scott Wilson - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
  2. Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
  3. Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Bryan Rust
  4. Tom Kuhnhackl - Matt Cullen - Eric Fehr

Defense

  1. Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley
  2. Brian Dumoulin - Ian Cole
  3. David Warsofsky - Justin Schultz

Goalies

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury
  2. Mike Condon

TBD: Kris Letang

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[#] Sat Oct 29 2016 18:02:14 EDT from Kurt R.

Subject: Flyers vs. Penguins: Lineups, TV coverage, live stream and discussion thread

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penguins game 9

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and is on CSN Philly and 97.5 The Fanatic locally. In Pittsburgh, it’s on Root Sports. Elsewhere, you’ll be able to watch on NHL Network.

For our game preview, check here. For the Pittsburgh perspective, check out our friends over at Pensburgh, including this Q&A Travis did with them earlier today.

Philadelphia lineup

Forwards

  1. Brayden Schenn - Claude Giroux - Wayne Simmonds
  2. Travis Konecny - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
  3. Matt Read - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Roman Lyubimov
  4. Chris VandeVelde - Boyd Gordon - Dale Weise

Defense

  1. Nick Schultz - Shayne Gostisbehere
  2. Ivan Provorov - Brandon Manning
  3. Radko Gudas - Mark Streit

Goalies

  1. Steve Mason
  2. Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Andrew MacDonald, Nick Cousins

Injured: Michael Del Zotto, Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl

Pittsburgh lineup

Forwards

  1. Scott Wilson - Sidney Crosby - Patric Hornqvist
  2. Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Phil Kessel
  3. Carl Hagelin - Nick Bonino - Bryan Rust
  4. Tom Kuhnhackl - Matt Cullen - Eric Fehr

Defense

  1. Olli Maatta - Trevor Daley
  2. Brian Dumoulin - Ian Cole
  3. David Warsofsky - Justin Schultz

Goalies

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury
  2. Mike Condon

TBD: Kris Letang

Go Flyers.



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