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ESPN.com: Cross-Checks Blog

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 29, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

CROSS-CHECKS BLOG: STOCK UP, STOCK DOWN

STOCK UP:

Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia Flyers: So much for hitting the rookie wall. After a slight wobble, Bobrovsky (Bob to most around the NHL) is on a tear heading into the All-Star break. Bobrovsky has won six straight starts and has allowed two or less goals in each of those contests, while facing just over 30 shots a game during the streak. No wonder the Flyers hit the break as the NHL’s top team and the annual talk of Flyers goaltending uncertainty has quieted to a faint hum.

– Scott Burnside, ESPN.com

ESPN.com: The Atlantic is the NHL’s 3rd Best Division

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

RANKING THE NHL’S SIX DIVISIONS – THE CROSS CHECKS BLOG

…The two divisions ranked ahead of the Atlantic – the Central and Pacific (both in the West) – are very deserving of their placement.  The Central is ranked first, and is flat-out loaded, boasting the defending Cup Champs in Chicago, as well as perennial  Cup contenders Detroit.  The division also has St. Louis and the always impressive Nashville Predators, two teams that seem to look destined for playoff action for the foreseeable future.

The Atlantic is definitely brought down this season, because the Islanders and Devils have been downright awful.  In past seasons, the Flyers, Rangers, Pens, and Devils seem to always each have a chance in their own right.  This season, the Flyers and Pens look to be at the class of the East, with the Rangers literally inches behind them.  The strength of these three teams is going to make for some exciting inter-divisional matchups in the near future.  Let’s just hope the Flyers come out on top.

ESPN.com Power Rankings: Flyers Third

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

POWER RANKINGS: PREDS, RANGERS JUMP INTO TOP 10

…The Canucks (lost 6-2) and Red Wings (beat 3-2) are ahead of the Flyers in the rankings from the WorldWide Leader in Sports.  Vancouver is a great team that is hitting on all cylinders right now and is certainly the best team in the league.  The Wings, despite dealing with some devastating injuries (both Dan Cleary and Pavel Datsyuk are out for at least the next month), have managed to battle their way to remain atop the West.  Still, the Flyers, Penguins, and Rangers all make the top ten in the league.  Speaks volumes about the strength of the Atlantic Division this season.

Burnside: Flyers Will Win President’s Trophy

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

The Philadelphia Flyers will edge Vancouver for the top spot in the league based on playing more junky teams in the East.

– Scott Burnside, ESPN.com

…It’s hard to imagine the Flyers becoming the best team in the National Hockey League after just four seasons ago they were the worst team in the league.  Still, such is the situation the Flyers have put themselves in after putting together quite a formidable group in Orange and Black this season.  The Flyers are currently in second-place in the NHL, with Vancouver holding the league’s top spot.  I could certainly see them winning the President’s Trophy, but I’m far more concerned with winning the Atlantic Division and getting one of the top seeds in a wide-open Eastern Conference.

Besides, how important is the President’s Trophy anyway when last season’s winner, the Washington Capitals, blew a 3-1 series lead to the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens, capped off by losing Game Seven on their home ice?  It would be nice to have the league’s top regular season record, but you won’t find many in the Flyers organization satisfied with anything less than being at the top when the Stanley Cup Playoffs have concluded.