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Game 37 Preview: Minnesota Wild @ Philadelphia Flyers

After a disappointing third period effort in Columbus, Philadelphia returns to the Wells Fargo Center to face Minnesota before the three-day Christmas break takes effect.  Minnesota has lost 7 of their last 8 on the road, so you know what that means..   Minnesota Wild (20-13-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4), 7:30 PM EST TV: NBCSN, TSN2, CSN-PH RECORDS: Minnesota Wild: 20-13-5 Away: 6-10-3 vs. Eastern Conference: 9-6-2 vs. Metropolitan Division: 4-3-1 Philadelphia Flyers: 16-16-4 Home: 10-7-0 vs. Western Conference: 3-6-1 vs. Central Division: 2-3-1 GAME 37 PREVIEW: The Philadelphia Flyers (16-16-4) play host to another central division playoff-picture team in …

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Flight Plan: One at Home, Six On The Road

The Philadelphia Flyers ended up with five of a possible eight points last week in two home-and-home sets with new divisional rivals the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers scored a total of 17 goals last week, and scored north of two goals in all four contests. Unfortunately, they also allowed 17 goals, eight of which came in third periods over the course of the week. In games where both teams have a chance to win going into the third period, the best teams find ways to win games in the final frame. That trait has eluded …

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Flight Plan: Wheels Up

In this writer’s opinion, the Philadelphia Flyers blew it last week. The team had three games which they should have won, one of which they could have grabbed a point in, and garnered just four points to their names and worse, they scored just seven goals in the process. To come out the way they did against the lowly Florida Panthers, is just unacceptable. To need overtime and the shootout to win a game against the Nashville Predators is similarly unacceptable. This team is far too reliant on Ray Emery and Steve Mason to keep games within reach. They can’t …

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2013 Year In Review: Andrej Meszaros

The book on Andrej Meszaros is nearly complete. First year with the Flyers: outstanding. Second year: letdown. Third year? Well, that’s where Mesz’s story gets interesting. The Ottawa Senators plucked Meszaros in the first round of the 2004 draft. After three seasons, of which Mesz played in every game, the Senators traded him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would go on to play in Tampa for two seasons, appearing in 133 of a possible 164 contests. Meszaros was then sent to the Flyers where, in his first year, he won the Barry Ashbee Trophy for best team defenseman. Since …

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Then and Now: Nikolay Zherdev

Many of the biggest names in today’s NHL were selected in the first round of the 2003 draft. After Marc-Andre Fleury, Eric Staal, and Nathan Horton were picked with the first three overall picks, the Columbus Blue Jackets picked Nikolay Zherdev. Thomas Vanek, Milan Michalek, and Ryan Suter were the next three players to be picked after Zherdev, as the group of Braydon Coburn, Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Burns, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Brian Boyle, and Corey Perry were also taken in the opening round of the draft 10 years ago. …

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