RICE & MICE: Five for fighting and 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain

First overall selection in the 2010 entry draft and Edmonton Oilers’ star rookie, Taylor Hall, saw his season come to an end much earlier than the rest of his NHL counterparts. It isn’t over because of a dismal season that saw the Oilers miss the playoffs. Hall is out for the remainder of the season with a high ankle sprain. He wasn’t battling along the boards or crashing the net when he was injured. Hall was injured while falling awkwardly in a fight with the Blue Jackets’ Derek Dorsett. Reactions to Hall’s injury have ranged from applauding the young talent …

Flight Plan 02.27.2011 (Delayed)

There are just 20, count ‘em, 20 games left in the regular season schedule for the Philadelphia Flyers. It looks like they’ve hit somewhat of a slump as they are just 6-3-1 in their last 10, including a Saturday night loss to the Eastern Conference worst Ottawa Senators by a score of 4-1, and struggling to beat the second-worst club, the New York Islanders. None of this spells success, but since the Flyers still hold a pretty good lead over the next best teams in the East (five points and one game in hand over both the Boston Bruins and …

Tocchet’s unexpected burst of offense still a Flyers record

Three hat tricks in the span of four games. Eleven total goals. A road trip to remember for Flyers fans old enough to stay up late and watch it. If you work up a short list of Orange and Black snipers, it’s easy to think of Reggie Leach, Rick MacLeish, Brian Propp, Tim Kerr, John LeClair, Simon Gagne and now Danny Briere. But Rick Tocchet? Strange but true. Tocchet played 18 memorable NHL seasons, and was paired alongside some bona-fide Hall-of-Fame talent for a good portion of that time, but he wasn’t always the complete player that everyone now retroactively …

RICE & MICE: Groin Strain

A groin injury could mean a variety of different injuries to a hockey player and at times it seems the groin is a “catch all” for reasons a player may be kept out of the lineup. A groin strain or groin pull is one of the most common and least severe injuries that can occur at the groin. Part of the reason for such a variety of injuries to the groin is the wide variety of structures that comprise the groin. The groin consists of the area where the abdomen meets the legs, the inner thigh, the pubic area including …

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 …