Flight Plan Week of 12.05.2010

The Philadelphia Flyers had just two games this past week. The Flyers were shut out by the Boston Bruins, in the first meeting of both the season and since last year’s historic playoff series, and beat the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-3. This week the Flyers will continue their busy schedule with their fourth four-game week this season against some very hungry teams in the New York Islanders, the San Jose Sharks, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and a rematch against the Boston Bruins. Since the Flyers had been on a short skid of late that they ended …

Bobrovsky wins NHL Rookie of the Month

So what about “Bob?” Well, he’s been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November! The 22-year-old Russian went 7-1-2 in 11 appearances during November, allowing two goals or less in eight of those games for a 2.03 goals-against. For the season, the rookie has compiled a 12-4-2 mark with a 2.18 GAA and .926 save percentage. He is the first Flyers rookie netminder to win a Rookie of the Month honor this early in the season since Ron Hextall took home top rookie honors for October and November in 1986.

Flyers @ Devils preview

The Flyers play the New Jersey Devils today at 1:00 p.m. in New Jersey. Here are a few thoughts on the matchup: After a slow start, James van Riemsdyk has been the hottest Flyer of late, yet he only saw 7 seconds of powerplay time in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames yesterday. The struggling powerplay could use a boost and he could be the catalyst. Claude Giroux, who led all Flyer forcwards in ice time yesterday (22:49), was off his game against Calgary, despite scoring a gorgeous shootout goal. It couldn’t hurt to give him more of …

A show of hands

Who thinks Chris Pronger was guilty of infringing the “Avery rule“? OK, put your hands back down. It doesn’t really matter. This penalty is not the reason why the Flyers lost. The team played poorly. The special teams did not show up tonight and the lackadaisical play hurt them. The Flyers gave up a shorthanded goal but couldn’t score on a 5-on-3 powerplay. Nonetheless, the refs directly took a point away from the Flyers. It’s undeniable. Pronger waved his hand in the air. He may have been directing traffic or he may have been blocking Mikka Kiprusoff’s view. The truth …

The morning after: Flyers @ Capitals 11.20.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game. Coming off two losses, both of which had a lack of defensive play, the Flyers needed to not only win this game, but play a better defensive game against a very high-scoring and deeply talented Washington Capitals team.   Brian Boucher got the start in this game, giving Sergei Bobrovsky a much-deserved rest, and some fans angina. The Flyers were thoroughly outplayed in the first period.  At the end of the period, it should have been at least …