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Game 47 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres

Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-4) @ Buffalo Sabres (13-26-5), 7:30pm, NBCSN/CSN-Philly/TSN After a pair of rough contests over the weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping that they’ll be able to rebound tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Tonight should equate to a win for the Orange and Black, but a loss could put the Flyers in a World of hurt. Neither of the losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Rangers this past weekend could be described as pretty, but they weren’t losses that should cause this team to fold. If it wasn’t for one of Steve Mason’s worst starts of …

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Flight Plan: Looking Upward and Onward

The Philadelphia Flyers won two of their three games last week. Their wins came against the New Jersey Devils in overtime and the Montreal Canadiens in regulation. Yesterday, the team lost a due to a sub-par defensive effort, an unusually poor outing from goaltender Steve Mason, and some inexperience on coach Craig Berube’s part. Every player will have an off day here and there, every team will get away from their system from time to time, and every coach will fail to get his guys to turn things around after a bad couple of minutes sometimes. Yesterday was a perfect …

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Flight Plan: There’s No Place Like Home

The Philadelphia Flyers have gained a point in each of their last four games. They won three in a row before losing in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets. What this indicates to this writer is that they’ve finally begun to play a more complete team game after struggling most of last and early this season to find their team game. They still need to learn to shut the door in the third period a little more consistently and scoring more than two goals a game would be nice, but at least they have been able to put a nice …

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Fake Hockey Help: Flyers’ offense, Steen’s shooting percentage, and Varlamov’s issues off the ice

One statistic several people are referencing as to why they think the Philadelphia Flyers’ offense will rebound is shooting percentage. Of the 24 skaters to suit up for at least one game for the Orange and Black this season only Tye McGinn (42.9), Vincent Lecavalier (19.2), Braydon Coburn (15.4), and Brayden Schenn have (12.0) have shooting percentages over 10 percent. According to QuantHockey.com, the average shooting percentage across the NHL hovers around the 9.0 mark, as the average right now is 8.89, last season’s average was 9.11, and the 2011-2012 campaign produced 8.94. Philly, as a team, has a shooting percentage …

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Podcast Ep 77: Technical Difficulties

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal discuss whether the Flyers are coming back to the middle of the pack after their disastrous start. Topics include the Islanders trade with the Sabres for Thomas Vanek, Steve Mason, why the team kept Michael Raffl over Tye McGinn, and more. Please note that this was recorded on Monday and meant to come out on Tuesday. It also continues past the point it is meant to end due to a recording error. Technical difficulties isn’t just a title in this case. Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 77: Technical Difficulties You can listen to the episode …

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