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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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Fake Hockey Help: Injuries to the stars, Versteeg to Chicago, Bryzgalov joins the Oilers

The biggest news of the week around the NHL was the injury to Steven Stamkos. With a broken tibia, Stamkos is expected to be out until at least the Olympics, which doesn’t even seem all that likely for the Tampa Bay forward. A perennial goal-scoring machine, many people most likely took Stamkos in the top four overall in their fantasy hockey draft if he didn’t go first overall. With the recurring injuries to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin paired with the inconsistency of Alex Ovechkin, Stamkos would have been the safest bet. Now, Stamkos owners are wondering what to do. …

Wayne Simmonds

Game 12 Preview: Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals (5-7-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (3-8-0), 7:00pm, NHLN-US, CSN-DC+, CSN-PH RECORDS: Washington Capitals: 5-7-0 Away: 2-4-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-2-0 Philadelphia Flyers: 3-8-0 Home: 2-5-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-5-0 vs. Metropolitan Division: 2-2-0 PREVIEW: The Philadelphia Flyers find themselves back at home this evening (7 PM) against the visiting Washington Capitals after a disappointing loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.  Despite playing what was arguably their best period of the season in the first 20 minutes, a disastrous third period showing from the Flyers allowed the Ducks to overcome a 2 goal deficit, …

Ovi the Giant

Metropolitan Division Preview: Washington Capitals

The Philadelphia Flyers would like to formally welcome the Washington Capitals back to the neighborhood. Sure guys, we know it’s got a terrible name. We’re working on it. For those of you unaware, the Capitals and Flyers used to be in the Patrick Division together. From 1979 to 1993, the Flyers and Caps were divisional rivals until the NHL decided to shake things up. In fact, the last version of the Patrick Division was last year’s Atlantic Division, minus the Caps. The Caps come from the former Southeast Division, AKA a complete cakewalk, or easy pickins. They thrived on the …

Hockey Hilarity: Ovechkin Unplugged

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! So maybe you’re watching the NHL Playoffs, maybe you’re not. Sometimes players score pretty goals. This was the case here as Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers potted a beauty against the Washington Capitals: Unfortunately on this play, Washington captain Alex Ovechkin was real lazy in “playing defense” and while he’s been pretty stellar over the second half of the season and decent in this series, this was pretty …

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