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Game 47 Preview: Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres

Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-4) @ Buffalo Sabres (13-26-5), 7:30pm, NBCSN/CSN-Philly/TSN After a pair of rough contests over the weekend, the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping that they’ll be able to rebound tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Tonight should equate to a win for the Orange and Black, but a loss could put the Flyers in a World of hurt. Neither of the losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Rangers this past weekend could be described as pretty, but they weren’t losses that should cause this team to fold. If it wasn’t for one of Steve Mason’s worst starts of …

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Then and Now: Kris Versteeg

In February of 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers added Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they were looking for a piece to help them make a deep playoff run. In exchange for the forward, Philly dealt a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto selected Stuart Percy with the first-round pick and Josh Leivo with the third-round pick. Versteeg’s first point as a Flyer came in Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, 2011, as the former Chicago Blackhawk set up Mike Richards’ for the opening goal of the contest. …

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Then and Now: Ville Leino

After spending parts of six seasons in the SM-liiga, Ville Leino became a member of the Detroit Red Wings’ organization for the 2008-2009 campaign. The forward spent time with the Tampereen Ilves, HPK, and Jokerit before he spent most of his first season with the Wings’ franchise in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Leino saw regular season and postseason action for both the Griffins and Red Wings during 2008-2009, as he posted 46 points in 57 games with Grand Rapids and nine points in 13 tilts with Detroit. In the AHL playoffs, Leino totaled three goals and 10 …

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Premature season predictions

With the start of the 2013 NHL season suddenly right around the corner, it is time to make some unfounded predictions that, in the long run, will either make us look like prescient geniuses or complete fools. Or, maybe we will just play it safe and make some conservative predictions that have a high probability of coming true. Either way, here we go. Marcello De Feo 1. Luke Schenn will accumulate 200 hits and win over fans Last season, Luke Schenn accumulated 270 hits over 79 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which was good enough to lead the league …

Homer’s Do’s and Doh’s: A Closer Look

Paul Holmgren became the interim General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2006. That interim title was removed only weeks later on November 11. Holmgren was able to take a team that finished last in the National Hockey League, and rebuild it to make a deep run all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals the very next season. Yes, some of Holmgren’s moves have been amazing, but he’s also a guy who has gotten this organization into some hot water with the salary cap and was forced to make deals that were head scratchers to say the least. If you enjoyed …

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