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Game 31 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Chicago Blackhawks

Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-3) @ Chicago Blackhawks (22-6-5), 8:00pm, NBCSN/TSN2 The Philadelphia Flyers will look to end their two-game losing streak tonight, but it’s not going to be an easy task, as they conclude their road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks. With a record of 2-2-1 so far on their road trip, a win tonight would not only put the Orange and Black over .500 for the stretch away from the Wells Fargo Center, but two points would put Philly at .500 overall. However, is it likely a road win against the defending Stanley Cup champions happens tonight in Chicago? The …

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Penn State’s struggles continue against Wisconsin

Game one versus the Badgers last Friday night was simple not a pretty game to watch. The Nittany Lions were thoroughly outplayed in all facets of the game. The Badgers out shot Penn State by a 43-28 margin and the Lions went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while Wisconsin finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Badger netminder Joel Rumpel turned aside 27 shots for the 7-1 victory. Wisconsin opened the scoring  less than three minutes into the game, when Sean Little stripped the puck from Penn State and finished a two-on-one advantage with a slick pass to Grant Besse, who shot the puck …

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Future Flyers Report: The former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Last year for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, Nick Cousins led the team with 103 points in 64 games while Brandon Alderson sat third on the team with 64 points in 67 games. After both players saw a handful of games with the Adirondack Phantoms last season, Cousins and Alderson haven’t quite produced the gaudy numbers they provided last year. Cousins has the higher point total between the two players, as he has three goals and six helpers in 22 games with the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate this season. Along with his nine points, Cousins is minus-2 …

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Flyers fall short in Ottawa, grab point in 5-4 shootout

The Philadelphia Flyers failed to hold on to a lead in the third period, as they fell to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout by the count of 5-4 tonight. Jason Spezza was the lone skater to convert in the shootout, while he and Bobby Ryan both had two-assist games in the win. Clarke MacArthur had a two-goal game for Ottawa, as Craig Anderson stopped 25 of 29 for the decision. For the Flyers, the trio of Michael Raffl, Kimmo Timonen, and Luke Schenn each had a goal and an assist, while Wayne Simmonds recorded a pair of helpers in …

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Blocked shots, hits, and fourth liners: Part 1

For quite some time now I’ve wondered about the usefulness of blocked shots and hits from a hockey perspective. These two particular statistics would seem to quantify your “energy” and “effort” type of players/teams; something I think is as important in sports as it is in life. Nobody likes to be a part of a team (be it in sports or at work) in which everyone is coasting. I decided to write a two-part series in which I first take a look at the success of teams that excel in blocked shots and hits. That leads me into part two …