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Game 43 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils

Philadelphia Flyers (21-17-4) @ New Jersey Devils (17-18-8), 7:30pm, NBCSN/TCN-PH, TSN2, RDS2 The story of tonight’s game was going to be about Ray Emery in net to close out the Philadelphia Flyers’ road trip with the return of Michael Raffl to the lineup. Now, the focus has shifted to Claude Giroux being snubbed by Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics. With a few questionable names on the Canadian roster, including former Flyer Jeff Carter, one has to think Giroux isn’t too happy about Steve Yzerman’s decision. In terms of how the decision impacts the Flyers, it should be all positive. …

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Could the Flyers be targeting Bernier?

As the Flyers are now nearly eight million dollars over the salary cap, it is likely that buyouts are looming. Should the rumors of the Ilya Bryzgalov buyout be truthful, the question is: who will take over the vacant Goaltender position? In the past few days, a name that keeps resurfacing is that of current Los Angeles Kings backup Goaltender Jonathan Bernier.  Stuck behind the all-star brick wall known as Jonathan Quick, Bernier has had limited time to showcase his skills between the pipes. As he is set to become a restricted free agent, Bernier would no doubt like to …

Hockey Hilarity: Stanley Swag

Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players and media personnel. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! You know, there used to be this professional hockey league called the NHL. That stands for National Hockey League. Back in the days where seasons didn’t get entirely cancelled, even if they were put on hold for nine days or postponed for a few months, there was this guy who played for this team called the Detroit Red Wings. His name was Steve Yzerman. He was one of the greatest players in …

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On Competing and Conceiting: Trade Deadline thoughts

Blame it on the fact that what I do for my bread and butter is sit for 40 hours a week in front of a 13″ TV and digest a constant stream of information. This was not a national holiday for me, and its responsibilities no different from any other. The reality of days like today is that it is nothing more than a last-ditch opportunity for clubs teetering on the brink of something to appear like they are doing everything to tip the scales in their favor. So when Paul Holmgren or any man in charge of the other …

RICE & MICE: To play or not to play?

Throughout the NHL season, there is always pressure for players to play with injury. Sure players can be called “tough” for battling through injury, but is it worth it?  I’m not going to harp on players that play through injury and say how bad it is, but there are certain innate risks with pushing through injury. Injuries come with the territory of being an athlete.  No matter how fit, no matter how skilled or mentally tough an athlete is, injuries will happen. The ultimate dilemma is never whether or not an injury will occur; the dilemma usually occurs on the …

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