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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 …

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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 …

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Flyers Future Report: World Junior Championship update

With several NHL prospects and draft-eligible players, the World Junior Championship is always entertaining to watch. For Philadelphia Flyers fans, five of the organization’s prospects are taking part in the tournament over in Malmo, Sweden. For Canada, the tandem of Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier made the trip, while Anthony Stolarz is representing the U.S.A. Also from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is Valeri Vasiliev, who is representing Russia. In terms of Flyers’ draft picks from 2013, Robert Hagg is representing the host country. Canada is currently at the top of Group A, as they are 3-0-1 with a plus-7 …

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Game 39 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Vancouver Canucks

Philadelphia Flyers (18-16-4) @ Vancouver Canucks (23-11-6), 10:00pm, CSN-Philly/SNET-P After they edged out a shootout decision against a familiar face on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Flyers look to make it two straight road wins and three straight overall when they take on the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Although the Canucks will be without Roberto Luongo and a few other key players, the Pacific Division club is 10-1-1 over their last 12 games and are 6-0-0 at home in December. It goes without saying the Orange and Black can’t have the start they had in Edmonton, as Steve Mason saw Taylor Hall …

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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 …