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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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Podcast Ep 85: Better Off Nedved

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal return from their brief hiatus to discuss where the Flyers sit at the beginning of 2014. Topics include who’s producing on the team, whether Mark Streit’s offensive prowess is worth his defensive gaffes, Vincent Lecavalier’s back injury, the Metropolitan Division’s struggles, Team USA’s roster, PETR NEDVED, and more! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 85: Better Off Nedved You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by right clicking on it and saving it to your computer as an mp3. You can find the podcast on iTunes here. You can find the podcast …

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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 …