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Game 38 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Edmonton Oilers

Philadelphia Flyers (17-16-4) @ Edmonton Oilers (13-24-3), 10:00pm, CSN-Philly/CBC Ilya Bryzgalov may have called it “just another game,” but you have to wonder if the Philadelphia Flyers will look at the contest in the same way. If it wasn’t for the acquisition of Bryzgalov the Flyers wouldn’t have Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, or Brayden Schenn and still have Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. The Russian goaltender was the reason Paul Holmgren made his bold decisions on June 23, 2011. Whether you agree with Holmgren’s decisions or not, these transactions were made to acquire a goalie that was supposed …

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Blocked shots, hits, and fourth liners: Part 2

Two weeks ago I took a look at blocked shots and hits as it may relate to team success. Fans, media, and broadcasters alike frequently cite either statistic as an indication of a player performing well. I wanted to see if those statistics, at the team level, had any correlation with team success. The short answer is that I saw no obvious correlation. This week I wanted to take the topic a bit further and see how teams employ their fourth lines. Blocked shots and hits are statistics many people would typically want to see out of their fourth liners, …

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Game 34 Preview: Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals (18-12-3) @ Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-4), 7:30pm, TSN/NBCSN/CSN-Philly/CSN-DC The Philadelphia Flyers look to rebound after a frustrating loss on Sunday to the same team they collapsed against in the Washington Capitals. This time around, the clubs will play in Philly, as the Flyers look to gain confidence against a Caps’ club, which they handed confidence to on Sunday thanks to a horrendous third period. For a team that has been struggling over their last few games, this game is huge for the Flyers in a handful of ways. For one, the comments from Ed Snider following the loss on …

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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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Game 31 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Chicago Blackhawks

Philadelphia Flyers (13-14-3) @ Chicago Blackhawks (22-6-5), 8:00pm, NBCSN/TSN2 The Philadelphia Flyers will look to end their two-game losing streak tonight, but it’s not going to be an easy task, as they conclude their road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks. With a record of 2-2-1 so far on their road trip, a win tonight would not only put the Orange and Black over .500 for the stretch away from the Wells Fargo Center, but two points would put Philly at .500 overall. However, is it likely a road win against the defending Stanley Cup champions happens tonight in Chicago? The …

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