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Flight Plan: Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

­­ Through two games, the Philadelphia Flyers are looking like a good team, but have lacked finish as they’ve been outscored 7-2 thus far in the 2013-2014 season. Luckily, there are 80 more games left as opposed to last year where there would only be 46 games  remaining at this point, and there are some bright spots. The scoring lead for the team is currently a three-way tie between Vincent Lecavalier, Mark Streit, and Brayden Schenn. Schenn and Lecavalier clearly have some chemistry on the second power play unit and have each scored a goal and notched a helper on …

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Around the Net October 4, 2013: Trade rumors, other news

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Ducks looking at Meszaros? The Ducks need defensive help and we have 134 defensemen: [Broad Street Hockey] Wisdom of Bill Bill Meltzer shares his knowledge with us: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Bryz sighting Ilya Bryzgalov is going to try out for an ECHL team. Wow. [Puck Daddy] [The 700 Level] [Philly.com-Sam Carchidi] Hockey season is back! Get your Philadelphia Flyers tickets here. That’s all for this week, join me next week for more links from around the web on the Flyers and the …

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Will Penn State prove the naysayers wrong this season?

The Wisconsin Badgers, as voted upon by the B1G coaches, were chosen as the preseason favorite for the inaugural B1G hockey conference. Not much of surprise, since the Badgers return nine seniors and seven juniors after reaching the NCAA tournament last year. The Minnesota Gophers were voted to finish second, with Michigan slotted for third, Michigan State and Ohio State projected to tie for fourth and Penn State to finish last. Penn State fans may object to where their team is ranked, but in all honesty, it’s where they should be right now. The key word is right now. Like …

Is Peter Laviolette on the chopping block?

Starting the season with some offensive urgency

A lot has been made about the yesterday’s revelation of Peter Laviolette being the odds-on favorite to be the first man out of a head coaching gig this season based on several online gambling sites and a plethora of season previews scattered about the web. The truth is, based on the Flyers recent history of inexplicable stretches of poor and lazy hockey coupled with their putrid preseason, if they wish to keep their boss behind the bench they will have to buck the trend and start playing some passionate hockey again. And if opening night was any indication, they better …

The Phantoms' lack of success in Adirondack is because of several factors, as Tim McManus, former Phantoms beat reporter for the Post-Star, discusses. (Photo courtesy of masslive.com)

Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — A Closer Look at the Phantoms’ Struggles in Adirondack

Tim McManus covered the Phantoms for The Post-Star during their first three seasons in Adirondack (2009-2010 to 2011-2012). In that time, he witnessed a team struggling to adjust to its new surroundings and a different way of life, going from the bustling Philadelphia to the quiet Glens Falls, NY. The Phantoms have failed to find much success while in their temporary home in Adirondack, and Tim was able to give some great insight as to why that is, including the Flyers organization’s role in the Phantoms’ struggles. The Phantoms have struggled to find success during their time in Glens Falls. …