Flight Plan 03.06.2011

Every team in the NHL will go through lulls in their season where they won’t win games. They can play their best hockey of the season and still not get the bounces. For the Philadelphia Flyers, that isn’t the case. They’re playing terrible hockey. They’re not working harder than the other team. They’re not shutting teams down when they need to. They’re not scoring key goals. They’re not clicking on the power play. They can’t break out of the zone. They don’t get better, but worse as the game progresses. They just can’t keep their focus and right now they …

Rough Second Period Leads To Buffalo Victory

The Flyers lost their third consecutive game on Saturday when the visiting Sabres won 5-3. Three goals in a span of three minutes and forty seconds in the second period turned a two-goal Flyers lead into a one-goal deficit. Jason Pominville put away the game-winner six minutes and thirty-seven seconds into the final period. The loss drops Philly to 40-18-6 on the season. After an opening ten minutes that saw several chances, including a shot off the post by Kimmo Timonen, the Flyers finally capitalized on a powerplay later in the first period. As Shaone Morrisonn sat in the box …

Flight Plan week of 02.06.2011

Consistent. If you’re a Philadelphia Flyers fan, over the past four years, you have never seen that word associated with the team you love. “Up and down” or “streaky” or “just plain bad” at times “unbelievably good” at times, but never were any of the teams over the past four years “consistent”. This team is the definition of consistent. They don’t win too many games in a row, they don’t lose too many games in a row, but they consistently show up and consistently get their points and that’s why they have the most wins of any team in the …

Flyers’ best defense still needs more offense

It’s mid-January. The Philadelphia Flyers are in first place in the Atlantic Division and tops in the Eastern Conference, and are challenging for the best overall record in the NHL. The Devils are struggling to rise above the flames of their own personal Hades. The Islanders are sinking. The Rangers are good but not good enough, gasping for air and cramping up in the 21st mile. The Penguins are still hanging about in the rear view, still furiously waddling and flapping but unable to take off. Doesn’t matter though. Things can’t be totally perfect. I know it’s really nitpicking at this …

Hitting the posts: 01.15.11

“Hitting the posts” is a weekly roundup of links to hockey stories from across the web. If you have any suggestions for articles that we should use, hit us up here. Jody Shelley is having a good week :: Goal, Fight Sean O’Donnell’s big hit :: KuklasKorner Matt Walker struggles in debut :: Philly Sports Daily Jeff Carter is quietly having a great year :: Broad Street Hockey Value of goaltending :: SportsNet Naming the Hartnell – Briere – Leino line :: Philly Sports Daily Aggregated NHL Power Rankings :: From the Rink Do’s and Don’t for GMs on the …