Hitting the posts: 12.10.10

“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. Evaluating Zherdev and the expectations surrounding him :: Broad Street Hockey For Danny Briere, everything’s coming up Millhouse :: Philly.com And, at the quarter pole, god breathed life (back) into James van Riemsdyk :: NHL Hot Stove The Maple Leafs inquired about JvR :: Philly Sports Daily Ville Leino has spectacular vision :: The 700 Level Everybody loves Bob, including Bernie :: NHL.com That being said, what’s going on with Bob? :: …

RICE & MICE: You down with PRP?

RICE & MICE will periodically review injuries that are common, uncommon or just plain unique in hockey. I hope to provide some insight to the “how’s, why’s, and when’s” of the injuries that might keep players out of the lineup. Yeah you know me! Who’s down with PRP? This whole party! Ok, forgive me for the corny Naughty by Nature reference. PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is something that is becoming ever so popular in the world of sports medicine. It is used more and more in professional sports in order to accelerate healing of soft tissue injuries. It has been …

The morning after: Flyers @ Devils 11.27.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. This game was all Devils early on; it took the Flyers almost half of the period to get their first shot.  The Devils were helped by a four-minute power-play (thanks to Ron Burgundy.  Errr… Scott Hartnell).  This was a quick first period, with few whistles.  Brian Boucher was good early, but he was beaten by Adam Mair (Adam Mair?  Really?) off a Flyers turnover.  Flyers power-play did nothing in the first, and was marked mainly by the …

Flyers @ Devils preview

The Flyers play the New Jersey Devils today at 1:00 p.m. in New Jersey. Here are a few thoughts on the matchup: After a slow start, James van Riemsdyk has been the hottest Flyer of late, yet he only saw 7 seconds of powerplay time in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames yesterday. The struggling powerplay could use a boost and he could be the catalyst. Claude Giroux, who led all Flyer forcwards in ice time yesterday (22:49), was off his game against Calgary, despite scoring a gorgeous shootout goal. It couldn’t hurt to give him more of …

The morning after: Flyers @ Capitals 11.20.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. Coming off two losses, both of which had a lack of defensive play, the Flyers needed to not only win this game, but play a better defensive game against a very high-scoring and deeply talented Washington Capitals team.   Brian Boucher got the start in this game, giving Sergei Bobrovsky a much-deserved rest, and some fans angina. The Flyers were thoroughly outplayed in the first period.  At the end of the period, it should have been at least …