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Flight Plan: Buckle Up and Buckle Down

Last week was a rough week. The Philadelphia Flyers lost a game in which they carried a 2-0 lead into the third period over the Anaheim Ducks, became the laughing stock of the entire NHL in a game against the Washington Capitals when they were blown out by a score of 7-0, and won a game 1-0 against the New Jersey Devils. I’d like to touch on the events of November 1st. This team needed something. I’m not of the school of thought that fighting in hockey is a bad thing. I think it’s great for the game, especially because …

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Game 13 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils

Philadelphia Flyers (3-9-0) @ New Jersey Devils (3-5-4), 7:00pm, TCN-PH, MSG PLUS 2 RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 3-9-0 Away: 1-3-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-6-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 2-3-0 New Jersey Devils: 3-5-4 Home: 2-0-2 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-3-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-2-1 PREVIEW: Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing showing at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (3-9-0) head up Interstate 95 to face a well-rested New Jersey Devils team (3-5-4) in Newark, NJ.  This is the first of four meetings between the two teams; the Devils come to the Wells Fargo Center for a rematch this coming …

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Immediate change is inevitable, necessary

Though I have not been very active on Flyers Faithful recently, long term readers know that I am a huge advocate of patience and letting players work through their issues. Sadly, the Flyers are well beyond that point. They are in desperate need of sudden and drastic changes. To use the buzzword of the moment, the “culture” within the locker room is a huge issue. Players lack confidence. The team views themselves as a group of losers. Worst of all, nobody has stepped up to take charge. Against all of my innate instincts, I would like to advocate for changes …

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Caps Make Flyers Tap; Lose 7-0

Nicklas Backstrom scored his first goal for the Capitals at the 17:28 mark of the first period to give the Caps an insurmountable 1-0 lead. The Capitals would go on to win 7-0. Backstrom finished the night with two goals and an assist. Joel Ward recorded a hat trick and an assist for Capitals as Mikhail Grabovski had three assists. The other goal scorers for the Caps were Jason Chimera and Troy Brouwer. Goaltender Braden Holtby faced little pressure all night, stopping all 30 shots he faced for the shutout. The Flyers were shut out for the first time all year. Steve …