Bobrovsky Has Plenty of Doutbers and is Doing His Best to Silence Them

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 25, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

BOBROVSKY ATTEMPTING TO SILENCE HIS CRITICS IN PHILADELPHIA

…I am a “Bob Believer.”  I said it after the Washington loss, and although he validated my thoughts with his performance against Pittsburgh, it would’ve been nice to have seen the Flyers pick him up on the offensive end a bit.

People need to get used to the idea of Bob being in net, quite simply because he is the future at this point as far as goaltenders are concerned, and, unless there’s an unforeseen injury or complete mental breakdown, he’ll be in net for the Flyers’ first playoff game in mid-April.  I was extremely encouraged by how he played last night, and I can only hope he’ll carry it over into one of the two games this weekend – assuming that Brian Boucher handles one of the back-to-backs on Saturday and Sunday.  Look for Bobrovsky to start against the Islanders – just a gut feeling.

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Tweet: Pronger Could Return for April 3rd Game vs. NYR

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 25, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…I can’t wait till Pronger comes back.  Whether it be the Rangers game, before that, or just before the playoffs begin, Pronger’s return will definitely be a jolt for this team.

Quote: “That Was Embarrassing”

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags , , on March 25, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“They did everything better than us in our building. That was embarrassing.  We talked after the second [period] to come out hard, and we just couldn’t get it going. We didn’t have a shot on net for I don’t know how long.”

– Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros after the Flyers 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

 

…It was embarrassing, and, quite frankly, the game stunk.  Still, the Flyers were able to get a point despite a poor showing, and still lead the Pens by four points with a game in hand.  Obviously, that contest in the Steel City next week now looms even larger than it did before, but the Flyers must first take care of business against the Islanders and Bruins – preferably two points in the former and at least one in the latter – before they can go ahead and worry about anything concerning Pittsburgh.

I’d say the Flyers will come out charged up for the Islanders on Saturday night, but who knows at this point?  They may just assume it will be another two points.  Paging Chris Pronger: come back.

Flyer Five with @BroadStBull

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyer Five is back after a lengthy hiatus, and just in time for the stretch run.  This week, we sit down with Philadelphia Inquirer Flyers beat writer, Sam Carchidi.  Sam tackles everything from whether it should be Bobrovsky or Boucher come playoff time, if Nikolay Zherdev should see the ice again, and whether or not the Flyers will hold on to the Eastern Conference’s top spot.  Read away:

 

FLYERFIVE with Sam Carchidi

The Flyers Blog: There has been a lot of banter back and forth as to who should tend goal for the Orange and Black come playoff time.  Who, in your opinion, should be the Flyers starting goaltender this Spring: the rookie, Sergei Bobrovsky, or the well-traveled veteran, Brian Boucher?

SC: I would go with the rookie (Sergei Bobrovsky), but have him on a short leash. It’s easier for the veteran (Brian Boucher) to come into a game in relief than a rookie.

 

TFB: It’s widely known amongst the NHL that the Flyers have one of the league’s deepest line-ups both at forward and defense.  What player or players in particular do the Flyers need to step up most in these last 10 regular season games?

SC: Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk have been very quiet lately. Time to step to forefront. Ditto Sergei Bobrovsky (of course).

 

TFB: A season-long debate has raged as to who should be the Flyers’ twelfth forward, with Jody Shelley, who’s recently gone on the shelf with a fractured orbital bone, Dan Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev all rotating into what has been perceived as the 12th forward slot.  If you were head coach Peter Laviolette, what player would you put in that slot, and why?

SC: I would rotate Zherdev and Carcillo, depending on the opponent. If it’s a physical opponent, I’d go with Carcillo. If not, I’d go with Zherdev.

…I take this to mean it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Zherdev again this season unless there’s an injury.

 

TFB: Entering tonight’s (Thursday vs. PIT, 3/24/11) action, the Flyers lead the Atlantic Division by five points over the Pittsburgh Penguins with one game in hand, and lead the Eastern Conference by one point over the Washington Capitals with a game in hand, despite falling to Washington in a shootout Tuesday night.  Do you see them winning both the Atlantic and Eastern Conference by season’s end, one of the two, or neither?

SC: I think the Flyers will win both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, but getting a win Thursday against the Penguins in Philadelphia is the key.

 

TFB: The New York Rangers (84 pts, 7th place), Buffalo Sabres (81 pts, 8th place), and Carolina Hurricanes (78 pts, 9th place) are all in a dogfight for the final two playoff spots.  If the standings hold true and the Flyers win the division, which would likely assure them of the 1st or 2nd seed, which one of these teams is the best matchup for the Flyers and why?  The worst?

SC: The Rangers would be the worst matchup because they are peaking at the right time and have a gear goalie (Henrik Lundqvist). Buffalo also has a great goaltender in Ryan Miller but I question the Sabres’ offense.  Carolina isn’t as well-rounded as the other two, so I think the ‘Canes would be the Flyers’ most desired opponent in the first round.

 

Thanks again to Sam Carchidi for offering his thoughts on everything Orange and Black.

Follow Sam on Twitter if you aren’t already at @BroadStBull

Newsflash: Flyers Aren’t Overlooking Crosby-Less Penguins

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

ABSENCE OF SIDNEY CROSBY MATTERS LITTLE TO FLYERS

…I’m glad, but not surprised that the Flyers aren’t taking the Penguins lightly.  At this stage of the game, whether it be injuries or something else, a team’s greatest hope lies within playing the hand they’ve been dealt.  Few teams have handled the adversity better than Pittsburgh, who can remarkably pull to within 3 points of the Flyers with a win tonight in regulation.

The Pens have done it all without their best two players in Evgeni Malkin and Crosby, and I seriously doubt they’ll be at a lack for motivation come tonight’s puck-drop.  That’s why the Flyers need to get on this team early, and carry over that spectacular play they showcased for the 2nd and 3rd periods Tuesday against Washington.  A regulation victory tonight by the Orange and Black could go a LONG way towards a division title.

Numbers on Matt Read According to @CapGeek

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Phantoms with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

MATT READ, PHILADLEPHIA FLYERS

The Flyers came to terms with Read, a 5’10”, 185 pound forward yesterday afternoon.

Read, age 24, was the team captain at Bemidji State University, where he posted 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points in 37 games his senior season.  He led the team in goals, and was second in points.

Read is signed through the 2013-2014 season.

Watch: “Comeback,” the latest in the “History Will Be Made” Series

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Video courtesy of MrFlyerGuy

…May 14, 2010.  I’ll never forget the day: I was at the viewing party at the Wells Fargo Center with 15,000 of my closest friends and it was quite a party when that final buzzer sounded.