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Olympic Watch: Five Flyers Named to Olympic Rosters

Five players from your Philadelphia Flyers were chosen to represent their home countries at the Sochi Olympics, and we here at Flyers Faithful will be keeping you updated on their play while abroad. The Olympians are: Michael Raffl (Austria) Mark Streit (Switzerland) Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic) Kimmo Timonen (Finland) Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia) As one of just three Austrians in the NHL, perhaps it was no real surprise that Michael Raffl was picked for a spot on the national team, but his strong play throughout 29 games at the NHL level certainly helped his cause. Raffl was signed to a one-year …

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Around the Net January 7,2014: Flyers end road trip in NJ; Claude Giroux snubbed for Team Canada.

Welcome to Around the Net, a bi-weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Wrapping up the road trip The Flyers play the Devils tonight in Newark: [Hockeybuzz-Bill Meltzer] Vinny looking to score Vinny Lecavalier is trying to regain his scoring touch: [Philly.com-Frank Seravalli] Giroux off Team Canada! Rumors are Claude Giroux is not going to be on Team Canada. I will update as the roster is announced. Updated: Giroux is not on Team Canada. He should be pissed. I would be. The Flyers are in second place in the Metro division. Get your …

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Fun with numbers: Couturier, Read, and Coburn are good; Streit and Schenn…perhaps not

I think one of the most important things to consider when evaluating a player, which also happens to be why I like advanced statistics so much, is understanding the context around a player’s role. It’s not enough to just watch the games and then look at the box score to see a player’s point totals and plus/minus (yuck) and draw a conclusion. In recent years I think a lot of fans have at least started to look at time-on-ice and special teams time to give some semblance of context. I think advanced stats help take that a step further. With …

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Fake Hockey Help: Star goalies return, Horton and Doan return to action

Although it might be considered the year of the backup netminder, a lot of franchise goaltenders returned to action this week. The group of Corey Crawford, Jonathan Quick, and Jimmy Howard all made their way back to the blue paint. How does this impact your fantasy team? In Chicago and Los Angeles, both Crawford and Quick are back in action. Since both players are owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, it’s not a matter of picking them up, but if it’s worth keeping their backups. For Crawford, his numbers haven’t been the best, but he will definitely be the …

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Flight Plan: Home After the Holidays

Last week, the Philadelphia Flyers won three of their four games. Their wins came against the Vancouver Canucks via the shootout, the Calgary Flames, and the Phoenix Coyotes. The lone loss came against the Colorado Avalanche in a game where the puck just wouldn’t go for them and Semyon Varlamov was marvelous. That being said, the second line has started to click a little bit with Brayden Schenn scoring five points in his last four games, Wayne Simmonds garnering four points in his last four games, and Scott Hartnell quietly netting six points in his last five games. Claude Giroux …