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Fake Hockey Help: The goaltending carousel continues

Goaltending in fantasy hockey is the hardest thing to anticipate. There are rarely any locks when it comes to picking a good goaltender. For instance, Antti Niemi and Henrik Lundqvist were at the top of most preseason rankings for fantasy writers’ predictions, but both goaltenders haven’t fared as well as anticipated. Meanwhile, players like Ben Bishop, Josh Harding, Steve Mason, and Semyon Varlamov have all exceeded expectations. On top of unexpected outcomes, one has to stay on top of injury news and take advantage of backup goalies who will become their team’s starter for awhile, like Ben Scrivens, Marek Mazanec, …

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Flyers blow three-goal lead, grab a point in Washington

Despite being up 4-1 over the Washington Capitals in the third period today, the Philadelphia Flyers managed to fumble away a sure victory, as they dropped a 5-4 shootout decision on the road. Alex Ovechkin had a two-goal game, including the game-tying goal with 47.9 seconds left, while both Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom potted tallies in the shootout to give the Caps the decision. Backstrom also had a two-assist contest, while Joel Ward also had two helpers in the win. Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 of 28 shots against for the win. As for the visitors, Michael Raffl had three …

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Game 33 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Washington Capitals

  Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-3) @ Washington Capitals (17-12-3), 3:00pm, NHL-CA/CSN-Philly/CSN-DC After concluding their lengthy road trip with a 7-2 beating from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers rebounded with a 2-1 decision over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at home. The Orange and Black seemed to have returned to their defensive play, as they only allowed one goal against in the win after allowing four goals against or more in the previous three contests. Today will be another challenge for the Flyers, as they take on the squad that is currently second in the Metropolitan Division. Hopefully for Philly, the …

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Flight Plan: Back-to-Back Home-and-Homes

The Philadelphia Flyers went 1-1-1 last week with a disappointing loss to the Ottawa Senators in the shootout, an embarrassing 7-0 loss to end their six-game road trip a the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, and an impressive 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The win was another game in which the Flyers scored just two goals. They have now scored two or fewer goals in 24 of their 32 total contests. In order to win games by scoring just two goals, you rely heavily on your goaltender to be outstanding, and Steve Mason has been just that for his …

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After Beatdown by Blackhawks, Flyers Keep Montreal at Bay in 2-1 Victory

The night after a brutal 7-2 beatdown by the Chicago Blackhawks, the Flyers bounced back with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux lit the lamp for Philadelphia, while Alex Galchenyuk scored the lone goal for Montreal. Steve Mason made a total of twenty saves on twenty-one shots. Carey Price staved off 25 of 27 attempts from the Flyers. Raffl’s second goal of the season opened up the scoring with just over six minutes to go in the first period, with assists coming from Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. Both teams went on the power …