Mixed bag: 10.10.10

Mixed Bag is an infrequent column that features a collection of opinions and observations about the Flyers. In the grand scheme of things, two games makes for a small sample size. There’s no reason to make any significant changes at this point or even begin to declare that some things may or may not be working well. These are just general observations and nothing more than that. So far, Mike Richards has lost 16 of the 29 faceoffs he’s taken, putting him at 44%. Jeff Carter, who was the team’s best faceoff man last season, has only taken 13 faceoffs …

The morning after: Flyers @ Penguins 10.07.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. The Flyers have been gambling with their goaltenders for years. So, it really shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the team decided to roll the dice and put Sergei Bobrovsky, their untested goalie prospect, in net last night against one of the most elite teams in the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bobrovsky played well throughout camp and likely won the start over Brian Boucher when he played soundly in relief of Johan Backlund in a …

The morning after: Flyers vs. Sabres 10.01.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. Well, that was the most entertaining game of the preseason. Brian Boucher looked good in net tonight, outdeuling Ryan Miller to a 3-1 Flyers victory. He’s played the toughest games of the preseason, which should be an indication that, no matter how high the organization is on Sergei Bobrovsky, Boucher will begin the season as the starting goaltender. This team makes plays that are so much prettier now. The additions of Nikolay Zherdev and Ville Leino, as …

Hitting the posts: 10.01.10

“Hitting the posts” is a weekly roundup of links to hockey stories from across the web. If you have any suggestions for articles that we should use, hit us up here. Welcome to October, folks. Flyers greats heap praise upon the ’10 team :: NHL.com Andrej Meszaros thinks there will be less pressure here than in Tampa, Flyers expect big things from Meszaros, both may be in for a surprise :: Daily News How did the Flyers discover Sergei Bobrovsky? Easy, Neil Little didn’t scout him :: CSN Philly Ronnybrook dispels the myth of Nikolai Zherdev’s enigma :: Ronnybrook Hockey Adam Proteau …

The morning after: Flyers @ Wild 9.25.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. Braydon Coburn had another great game, tallying an assist and a few good scoring chances, including a smooth-skating coast-to-coast run in the third period. He finished the night a +2 and played 25 minutes. Sergei Bobrovksy — or Bodrovksy, if you’re from Minnesota — was stellar once again. The only crack in his armor was a lack of awareness that the delay of game penalty existed. Whoops. Erik Gustafsson is completely flying under the radar. He’s been …