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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

Rod Brind’Amour’s Finest Hour as a Flyer

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Previews with tags , , on February 18, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Reasons like this one are why Brindy was so beloved during his time in Orange and Black.  Early in his Flyers tenure, he was one of the few bright spots for a team marred in a string of seasons that included playoff misses.  Eventually, he got his Cup, when the Flyers dealt him to Carolina in the Keith Primeau trade.  He’ll have his number retired tonight in Raleigh prior to the Flyers-Hurricanes game.  Is Brindy a Hall of Famer?  Certainly not.  However, does he deserve to have his number retired, as he was undoubtedly one of the greatest faces in the Hurricanes’ franchise?  Absolutely.

Game Recap: Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , on November 12, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Philadelphia Flyers returned to NHL action last night after a three day lay-off in a big way by dismantling the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh by a final score of 8-1.  The game was never close from the get-go, and, quite frankly, the Flyers would’ve reached double digits had they not hit a few pieces of iron and had an early goal disallowed.  Still, a win is a win, and the Flyers have now gotten points in their last eight games, all while boosting their lead in the Atlantic Division.  On to the quick hits:

–  Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his 9th win of the season (9-2-1) as the Flyers were able to win their sixth game in seven tries.  Bobrovsky made 35 saves for the victory.

Zherdev scores his fifth of the season

–  Jeff Carter recorded his second career hat trick, scoring a natural hat trick and his sixth, seventh, and eighth goals of his season.

–  Danny Briere and Ville Leino had another tremendous game together.  Briere finished with 2 goals and an assist, and Leino had an assist and was +2.  Leino’s assist was his tenth of the season.

–  Nik Zherdev tallied another goal, his third in his last three games, on a breakaway towards the end of the contest to bring the score to 8-1.

–  Cam Ward was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots.  Jason Peters came in in relief and also gave up four goals on 13 shots.

Scott Hartnell congratulates Sergei Bobrovsky after the victory

–  The Flyers showed absolutely no signs of being sluggish or rusty despite the fact that the team enjoyed two straight days of golfing during their off-days in Raleigh.

–  If there is one alarming statistic from this game, it’s this: the Flyers were outshot 14-6 in the second period, and 14-11 in the third.  That being said, 8 goals is 8 goals.

–  Only four Flyers skaters did not record a point in this game (Betts, O’Donnell, Carle, Powe).

–  Matt Carle led the Flyers with time on ice (23:17), while Dan Carcillo had the least amount of minutes played (9:03).

–  Andrej Meszaros led all skaters in posting a +4 on the evening.

–  The Flyers are next in action Saturday night against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.  The team has now entered a stretch in which they will play 10 games in 16 days.

GAME PREVIEW: Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Posted in Game Previews with tags , on November 11, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Game: The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice for the first time since Sunday’s loss to the Washington Capitals that snapped a season high six-game win streak tonight when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Flyers are comfortably in first place in the Atlantic Division, entering tonight with a 9-4-2 record, and five points ahead of the second-place New York Rangers.  The Hurricanes enter tonight having destroyed the Edmonton Oilers 7-1 earlier this week and with a 8-7-0 record to their name.  They are battling with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Thrashers for a second place spot in the Southeast Division.

The Story: Tonight’s game will be difficult in the sense that the Flyers will have some catching up to do not having played a game since Sunday.  The team has been on a bonding trip, having played golf in the Carolinas on Monday and Tuesday, and finally getting back on the ice at the RBC Center on Wednesday.  The Flyers have been able to earn points in their last seven contests, something they surely will be hoping they can continue tonight in Raleigh. 

Who to Watch on the Hurricanes: Eric Staal, Center.

Staal is one of the game's present-day greats

The best of the three Staals in the NHL today, Eric will be looking to take his spot in NHL history tonight as one more goal will give him 200 on the career.  Certainly, the Flyers are hoping that isn’t the case, but its easier said than done when talking about one of the NHL’s most gifted centermen.  The captain of Carolina – a role he assumed when Rod Brind’Amour stepped down last Spring – Staal has been an instrumental figure in Raleigh for the better part of the past decade, and was a member of the Cup-Winning team in 2006.  He works well at even strength and the power play and the Flyers will need to keep an eye on him tonight.

The Skinny: The Flyers have DOMINATED Carolina head to head in recent meetings.  Over the last 16 matchups between the two sides, the Flyers are 13-0-3 against the ‘Canes.  In the first matchup between the two sides this season, Philadelphia won by a score of 3-2, but if not for the goaltending of Jason Peters, the score likely would have been a lot more lopsided in the Flyers’ favor.

Notes: Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers, Cam Ward for Carolina.  JVR remains a healthy scratch in a lineup that has been very successful in his absence.  The Hurricanes are 5-5-0 in their last ten games, while the Flyers are 7-2-1. 

Game Recap: Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , on November 1, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Philadelphia Flyers won their fourth game in a row and fifth of their last sixth contests tonight as they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes by a final of 3-2.  Onto some quick hits from the game tonight:

–  Scott Hartnell scored twice for the Flyers this evening including the game-winner, bringing his season total to four.

–  Claude Giroux added a powerplay marker for his seventh of the season.

"Bob" was solid again, as he and the Flyers picked up their 4th straight win

–  Jeff Carter had two assists tonight, and now has 5 points (2G, 3A) in his last two games.

–  The Flyers absolutely dominated the neutral zone tonight, and as a result were able to dictate play for the majority of the game.

–  With that in mind, there’s no surprise that the Flyers dominated in shots, by a total of 37-28.

–  Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots for his sixth victory of the season (6-2-0)

The Flyers celebrate Scott Hartnell's game winning goal in the 3rd, his second of the game

–  Chris Pronger led the Flyers in ice time for the first time this season with 23:33 played.

–  Eric Wellwood had a very strong NHL debut tonight, playing alongside JVR and Mike Richards.  He looked great, and should stay in the line-up as an alternative to Dan Carcillo.  Just my opinion.

–  Under-the-radar, but very solid game from the fourth line of Blair Betts, Jody Shelley and Darroll Powe.

–  Nik Zherdev was even with two shots on goal and 15:07 played in his return from a two-game stint as a healthy scratch.

–  Ville Leino had a particularly strong game tonight; the Finn had an assist and was +2.

–  James van Riemsdyk looks utterly lost on the ice right now.  Line changes aren’t working for him and the Sophomore remains scoreless now through 12 games this season.

–  The Flyers are next in action Thursday night as the host the New York Rangers for the first time since the two sides squared off in a memorable Game 82 of last year’s regular season which sent the Flyers to the playoffs on a shootout victory.

GAME PREVIEW: Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Posted in Game Previews with tags , on November 1, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Game: The Flyers play their first of four regular season contests against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Hurricanes enter the game happy to be back on the road as the team is winless in their first two contests at the RBC Center.  On the road, Carolina has posted a 5-3-0 record, including a victory in their season opening series as the home team against the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki.  The ‘Canes enter tonight’s contest with a 5-5-0 record, and are currently 4th place in the Southeast Division – only five points behind first place Tampa Bay.  Carolina is coming off a 3-0 shutout at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday and hasn’t scored a goal in two of their last three contests.  The Flyers, on the other hand, are rolling right now and enter tonight’s game on a three game win streak.  The team defeated Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and the New York Islanders last week after a disturbing 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets to begin the week.  The Orange and Black are 6-4-1 on the season, and tied for first place in the Atlantic Division with Pittsburgh.

The Story: Last season, the Carolina Hurricanes were the Philadelphia Flyers’ puppet.  The Orange and Black tarnished the ‘Canes on a consistent basis, sweeping the season series four games to none, and outscoring Carolina 16-6 in the process.  Michael Leighton tended net for one of the Hurricanes losses, as well as one of the Flyers wins after the Orange and Black claimed him off waivers from Carolina.  After a two-goal outburst Saturday against the Islanders, Jeff Carter could potentially get some consistent play going if history repeats itself tonight.  The Flyers sniper led all Philadelphia skaters last season with four goals against Carolina. 

Who to Watch on the Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner, Right Wing.

Skinner is an early contender for Rookie of the Year

 

Only one player has been able to even come close to matching Hurricanes superstar Eric Staal’s production this season.  And that player is a rookie.  Skinner, who was the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has dazzled since his first game in the National Hockey League in Helsinki against Minnesota when he scored a beautiful shootout goal and put his skills on display.  Since then, he’s tied with Staal for the team lead in Carolina with 7 points (3G, 4A), and is second among NHL rookies in scoring.  It’s still too early to tell just how important Skinner will be to the ‘Canes in the long run, but it’s definitely worth nothing that he’s been one of their most important players in the early going.  The Flyers should certainly keep their eyes on number 53 in white tonight.

The Skinny: The Orange and Black enter tonight on their first 3-game win streak of the season, and thus, their longest win streak of the season so far.  Carolina is a young team in a very competitive Southeast Division with four teams including the ‘Canes (Caps, Thrashers, and Lightning) all looking like legitimate Eastern Conference playoff contenders out of the gate.  So, despite the fact that the Flyers have been rolling of late, it will be very important for them to come out firing again against a hungry Carolina team tonight.  The Hurricanes have already picked up five road wins, including a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers last week at Madison Square Garden.  If anything, that fact alone should keep the Orange and Black on their toes heading into tonight’s contest.

Notes: All three of the Flyers’ wins during this streak have come from Sergei Bobrovsky, and after an off-day as far as games are concerned, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Laviolette stick with what’s working and go with Bobrovsky again tonight against Carolina.  For the Hurricanes, look for Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe winning goaltender Cam Ward to be tending the nets.  Against the Flyers in his career, Ward is 3-6-2 with a 3.11 GAA and .891 SV %.  

Updates: Rod Brind’Amour to Retire Today

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on June 30, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Kevin Allen of USA Today tweeted earlier that the Carolina Hurricanes will be having a Press Conference today at 2:30 PM EST in which Rod Brind’Amour will announce his retirement from the game of hockey and that he is taking an off-ice position in the Hurricanes’ organization.  ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford will also be present.

Rod Brind'Amour was one of the greatest Flyers of my lifetime

For Flyers fans, it’s the end of a career for one of our long-time favorites.  Brindy donned the Orange and Black from 1991-2000 and was as great a contributor as any Flyer not named Eric Lindros or John LeClair to his team during those years.  He will always be remembered as a guy that worked hard, and deserved everything he got.  Personally for me, I remember watching a special on him back when PRISM existed in the Philadelphia area that he would actually do a heavy weight-lifting routine after he had just competed for 60 minutes in an NHL game.  To me, that simple fact epitomizes Rod Brind’Amour.  He’s a guy that’s been liked everywhere he’s been and someone who wears his emotions on his sleeve.

We’ll all miss you, Rod.  Good Luck in the future!

One of the only times in my life I’ve cheered and nearly cried when a team won the Stanley Cup that wasn’t the Flyers happened in the 2005-2006 season with Peter Laviolette’s Hurricanes.  When Rod Brind’Amour got the Cup from Gary Bettman, all of Philly was cheering.  Here’s the video: