Hartnell and Brodeur

Game 15 Preview: New Jersey Devils @ Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils (3-7-4) @ Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1) , 7:00pm, TCN-PH, MSG PLUS 2 RECORDS: New Jersey Devils: 3-7-4 Away: 1-6-2 vs. Eastern Conference: 3-4-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-3-1 Philadelphia Flyers: 4-9-1 Home: 2-6-0 vs. Eastern Conference: 4-6-1 vs. Metropolitan Division: 3-3-1 GAME 15 PREVIEW: Coming off of another disappointing loss (I’m sensing a theme here..) on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1 overall, 2-6-0 home) return home to face a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils (3-7-4 overall, 1-6-2 road).  The two Metropolitan teams last faced each other this past Saturday night; that snoozefest game ended in a 1-0 Philadelphia …

Image courtesy of Gregg Forwerk/NHLI via Getty Images

Malhotra pots winner in overtime, Hurricanes beat Flyers 2-1

Despite being held without a goal until the final minute of regulation, the Carolina Hurricanes pulled off a 2-1 win in overtime over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers tonight. Jordan Staal had the other goal for the hosts, as Justin Peters recorded his first win of the year for Carolina. Scott Hartnell recorded his first point of the season with a power-play goal, while Steve Mason deserved better in an impressive 36-save effort. In a very defensive game that saw most of the action in the neutral zone, Philly was able to grab the contest’s first tally with less than four …

Image courtesy of daylife.com

Game 14 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Carolina Hurricanes

Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-0) @ Carolina Hurricanes (4-7-3), 7:30pm, NBCSN/CSN-Philly One can make the argument that any stretch of games is key to a team’s success for a season, but the next four games for the Philadelphia Flyers might be the most important stretch all season. Playing two teams with as many wins as they currently do in the Carolina Hurricanes and the Ottawa Senators along with two teams who have less wins than them in the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers, the Orange and Black have a real opportunity to gain some momentum and confidence to perhaps get out …

Image courtesy of Drop The Puck

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 …

Image courtesy of Amy Irvin

Flight Plan: Buckle Up and Buckle Down

Last week was a rough week. The Philadelphia Flyers lost a game in which they carried a 2-0 lead into the third period over the Anaheim Ducks, became the laughing stock of the entire NHL in a game against the Washington Capitals when they were blown out by a score of 7-0, and won a game 1-0 against the New Jersey Devils. I’d like to touch on the events of November 1st. This team needed something. I’m not of the school of thought that fighting in hockey is a bad thing. I think it’s great for the game, especially because …