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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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Examining the Mike Richards-Brayden Schenn Comparison

Hi everyone! My name’s Stephane Hardinger, and I’ll be doing some writing here at Flyers Faithful for the foreseeable future. This is my first post, and I hope you enjoy it! Disclaimer: this post features a sizable chunk of analysis via advanced statistics. These numbers can all be found at behindthenet.ca. For those who are unfamiliar with how advanced stats work in hockey, here’s a pretty good primer from SB Nation’s Tampa Bay Lightning blog Raw Charge. I really liked the way my Sean Couturier-Jordan Staal post turned out (you can read it here if you’d like), so I figured I’d tackle the …

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Op/Ed: Let’s Not Make “The Label” a Thing

The Flyers have now played four games underneath a new head coach. And yet, apparently, we’re still blaming Peter Laviolette for some of their issues. It might make sense if we’re talking about the mishandling of training camp, or his particular system, or something concrete. But no, according to one local sportswriter/analyst, Laviolette is at fault for the lackluster play of team captain Claude Giroux. CSN Philly’s John Boruk published an article yesterday discussing how Giroux has not been the same since his now ex-coach labeled him “the best player in the world” during the 2012 playoffs. Maybe Giroux has …

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Guest Post: In Opposition to Defenders of Fighting in Hockey, a Defense of Fighting in Hockey

Michael Baumann writes about baseball for Crashburn Alley and Grantland. He also writes about basketball for Liberty Ballers. He will be joining us occasionally on Flyers Faithful to share his thoughts on hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @MJ_Baumann. My relationship with hockey is dominated by emotion. I don’t have the “analyst” hat I’ve developed with baseball, where I have to put my childhood biases aside so I can wax poetic about Jason Heyward or Andrelton Simmons one moment, then turn around and hurl vitriol against his team, the Atlanta Braves, an organization I hate on a level that usually …

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Podcast Ep 74: Before the Fire

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ horrid 0-3 start on the night before head coach Peter Laviolette was fired. Topics include Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek dealing with injuries, Vincent Lecavalier centering the Flyers’ one consistently effective line, Laviolette’s system and the disconnect with the personnel, Paul Holmgren’s plan (or lack thereof), the joys of social media, and more! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 74: Before the Fire Be sure to check back later today for our interview with Bill Meltzer from the night of Laviolette’s firing. You can listen to the episode …