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Game 44 Preview: Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers

Montreal Canadiens (25-14-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (22-17-4), 7:30pm, CSN-Philly/TSN/RDS The Philadelphia Flyers return home for their first home game in 2014, as they look to extend their current winning streak to three games against the Montreal Canadiens. With a win tonight, the Flyers will stay above a .500 winning percentage and extend their home winning streak to 10 games. After Ray Emery got the nod last night, Steve Mason will be in net tonight, as Peter Budaj will be in the blue paint for Montreal. Budaj is 5-3-1 in 2013-2014 with a .923 save percentage and 2.05 GAA, as he …

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Game 43 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils

Philadelphia Flyers (21-17-4) @ New Jersey Devils (17-18-8), 7:30pm, NBCSN/TCN-PH, TSN2, RDS2 The story of tonight’s game was going to be about Ray Emery in net to close out the Philadelphia Flyers’ road trip with the return of Michael Raffl to the lineup. Now, the focus has shifted to Claude Giroux being snubbed by Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics. With a few questionable names on the Canadian roster, including former Flyer Jeff Carter, one has to think Giroux isn’t too happy about Steve Yzerman’s decision. In terms of how the decision impacts the Flyers, it should be all positive. …

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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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Varlamov leads Avalanche past short-handed Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers put forth a valiant effort, but Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche did enough to edge out the 2-1 win at home to snap the Flyers’ four-game winning streak. Varlamov bailed out his team several times in a 29-save effort, as both Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly scored tonight for the host team. Steve Mason made just as many saves, but unfortunately saw one more shot on the night, as Wayne Simmonds had the lone marker for the Orange and Black. With Matt Read already out of the lineup, Philadelphia suffered another setback when Michael Raffl was …

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Game 41 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Colorado Avalanche

After sweeping their three-game Western Canada road-trip, the Flyers head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche in their first meeting since December 19, 2011. They’ve now got some guy named Maxime Talbot; you might have heard of him.   Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-4) @ Colorado Avalanche (24-11-4), 9:00 PM EST TV: CSN-PH, ALT RECORDS: Philadelphia Flyers: 20-16-4 Away: 9-9-4 vs. Western Conference: 7-6-1 vs. Central Division: 3-3-1 Colorado Avalanche (24-11-4) Home: 13-5-2 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-3-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 5-1-0 GAME 41 PREVIEW: After a day-off for New Years, the Philadelphia Flyers (20-16-4) head to Denver for the first time …