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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

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Brian Boucher’s Robbery of Colby Armstrong is NBC’s Save of the Night

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 11, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

SAVE OF THE NIGHT – BRIAN BOUCHER (MARCH 10)

…This save ended up being a huge turning point in the game as the Leafs had just scored minutes earlier to make it a 2-1 game.  If Boucher lets this one by him, who knows what happens.  Still, Boosh held strong and made about as big a save in about as big a spot as their was in this game.  In the end, it resulted in two more points for the Flyers.

Panaccio: Boucher Should Start in Playoffs

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

BOUCHER HAS INSIDE TRACK TO BE PLAYOFF STARTER

…It’s still February – this topic hasn’t even crossed my mind.  However, Panotch makes some valid points on behalf of Boosh, most notably that his puck handling skills are FAR superior to that of Sergei Bobrovsky.  In fact, Kimmo Timonen and Matt Carle both commented that they are able to jump-start their offense more and break out easier when Boosh is in net simply because he can get the puck settled and to them quicker than Bob can.

Obviously, there are intangibles and reasons as to why Bob has struggled with it: bigger ice surface in the KHL, goaltenders handling the puck isn’t nearly as common, etc.  Still, he’ll need to improve upon that if he wants the nod over Boosh come playoff time.  Personally, I haven’t made up my mind yet, and I really don’t care – both of these guys have been legit this season and I’ll be fine with whoever is in net.

Tweet: Boucher in Net Tonight

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 15, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Boosh is 13-6-2 with a .922 save % and a 2.25 GAA this season. He has won his last two starts  – Feb 5 vs. Dallas and Feb 10 vs. Carolina – allowing one goal in each game.  The Lightning have seemed to have Sergei Bobrovsky’s number this season, so starting Boucher tonight seems like a logical move.

Video: The VERSUS Crew Talks Flyers Netminders

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 16, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…REALLY enjoyed this one.  Thanks to Mr.FlyerGuy on YouTube for this video.

@Kausatoday Says “Bob” is Calder Trophy Winner in First-Half Awards

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on January 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Top rookie: Sergei Bobrovsky (Philadelphia): He’s 16-6 with a .917 save percentage for the best team in the East. With Brian Boucher playing more, it’s possible that Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes) or Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks) will contribute more in the second half. But the first-half performance by “Bob” can’t be ignored.

– Kevin Allen, USA Today

Tweet: Thomas vs. Boucher Tonight in Boston

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on January 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Boucher played strong in the back-to-back victories against the Devils and has earned the right to start as the Flyers’ number one netminder.  Hopefully he can up keep his strong play on the road tonight in Beantown.  Thomas brings forth a VERY difficult challenge for the Flyers as the Bruins netminder is a frontrunner for the Vezina Trophy at this point in the season.