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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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Why you heff to be mad? Raffl caps off Flyers’ shootout win against Bryzgalov, Oilers

Ilya Bryzgalov failed in the shootout yet again in his career, but this time it’s a good thing for the Philadelphia Flyers, as the Orange and Black grabbed two points in a 4-3 decision against the Edmonton Oilers on the road. Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl beat Bryzgalov in the shootout, while Wayne Simmonds recorded another multi-goal performance. The captain and Jakub Voracek each provided two-assist games, while Taylor Hall had the lone multi-point performance for the Oilers in the loss. Steve Mason stopped 13 of 16 for the win, while Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots in the loss. The shootout …

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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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Flight Plan: One at Home, Six On The Road

The Philadelphia Flyers ended up with five of a possible eight points last week in two home-and-home sets with new divisional rivals the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers scored a total of 17 goals last week, and scored north of two goals in all four contests. Unfortunately, they also allowed 17 goals, eight of which came in third periods over the course of the week. In games where both teams have a chance to win going into the third period, the best teams find ways to win games in the final frame. That trait has eluded …

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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. …

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