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Poll: With the trade deadline less than six weeks away, what is the Flyers’ biggest need?

You could argue that the Flyers have a number of needs as the team currently stands. They could use a scoring winger for the top six–if not, the top line–especially with Read’s injury. Erik Gustafsson has the potential to help, but a puck-moving defenseman would be nice. I’m sure some people out there still want a goaltender, if only a backup. Outside of Giroux, the Flyers are pretty dreadful on faceoffs. I, for one, am not a fan of either Talbot or Fedetenko playing the fourth-line center spot, so that could be a need as well. With the trade deadline less …

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Philadelphia – Without the Flyers

President’s Day weekend found me in your city: Philadelphia. My school takes a four day weekend then and I so desperately wanted to see my best friend and come back to where I didn’t have to defend my Philadelphia Flyers love, so I went. I’ve been twice before this trip (as far as I can remember) and both times prior involved hockey. The first was my inaugural NHL game where the Flyers won against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was thrilling and I remember being unable to eat or even sit for most of the game because I was so …

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Panthers ensnare Flyers in trap game, win 5-2

After a heart-stopping finish to Wednesday’s one-goal win over Pittsburgh where every move seemed to be the right one, Murphy’s Law caught up with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday as they kicked off a five-game homestand. Peter Mueller, Tomas Kopecky and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the first period — the former two in a 29-second span and the latter on a penalty shot, fueling the Florida Panthers’ 5-2 victory. Mueller and Huberdeau both ended with a pair of scores, and the latter ended up with a career-high four points, while Scott Clemmensen improved to 5-1-1 lifetime against the Orange and …

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At least it’s not a concussion: Read out 6 weeks with rib muscle injury

Matt Read left Wednesday’s thrilling 6-5 win over the Penguins with an upper-body injury and did not return. Speculation ran rampant that this might have been one of those euphemisms for the dreaded “concussion.” But no. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren stated before the end of that contest that Read was hit in the chest with a puck, and that’s at least more of a creative use of the truth than the actual truth. The actual truth, from Holmgren prior to Thursday’s game against Florida, is that Read is expected to miss the next six weeks with torn rib cage muscles. …

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Crashing the Crease: Know Your Enemy! Who are the best shootout forwards?

Last night, Patrick Kane scored yet another shootout goal that displayed a huge amount of finesse and once again reminded Flyers fans that the draft lottery is the devil. Even though Schneider got his pad on Kane’s attempt and initially appeared to stop it, the puck bounced off of him and in the net, adding yet another tally to Kane’s career numbers. It wasn’t as fancy as his numerous SO goals, but it got me thinking aloud: is Kane the most dangerous shootout forward for a goaltender to face? The immediate counter argument that sprang up was “no, Datsyuk is.” …