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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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Watch: Flyers Beat the Rangers at the Garden

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 21, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

As usual, thanks to MrFlyerGuy for this.

Tweet: First Time in a Long Time

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Summaries with tags , , , on January 17, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Tonight’s contest definitely was much tighter than the first two, but the end result is all that matters at this stage in the game.  The Flyers got the two points, and have six points of a possible six this season against their New York rivals.  Three games still remain and with the Rangers right behind the Flyers in the standings, there’s no reason to believe those three games won’t be just as exciting as tonight’s victory.

Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on January 16, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Martin Biron (7-3-0) for the New York Rangers vs. Brian Boucher (10-5-2) for the FLYERS

1ST PERIOD

Jeff Carter opens the scoring, redirecting a Matt Carle shot in front for his 19th of the season and a 1-0 Flyers lead.  Ville Leino picked up the secondary assist.

–  Ville Leino scores his 11th of the season from the slot to make it 2-0.  Carle and Andrej Meszaros with the helpers.

2ND PERIOD

–  Mike Richards scores his 15th of the season, this one of the shorthanded variety, capping off a 2 on 1 rush with Claude Giroux.  3-0 Philadelphia.

3RD PERIOD

–  The Rangers begin to claw back as newly-acquired Wojtek Wolski scores his 2nd as a Blueshirt, and makes the score 3-1 Flyers.  Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan with the assists.

–  Things get even dicier when Stepan converts a one-timer from the slot to bring the score to 3-2.  Zuccarello and Wolski with the helpers.  The Rangers would dominate the rest of the way, but the Flyers would hang on.

FINAL: Flyers 3, New York Rangers 2

Shots were 36-27 Rangers (29-17 for the final two periods)

Flyers were 0 for 3 on the PP, Rangers went 0 for 4 with the man advantage

Which Rangers Team Will the Flyers See Tonight?

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

The big question, at least to me, is which Rangers show up? I suspect they’re going to carry over their third-period momentum and come out with a very strong effort. I know they’ve been bad against the Flyers this season with twin 4-1 losses but I think the Rangers will play with a bit of a chip on their shoulder after punting last night’s game to the Canadiens through an inability to forecheck or possess the puck for about 30 minutes.

OR….

Or the Flyers could outhit, outskate a tired a team and put another 4-1 win on the board.

– Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record (RangerRants)

…I would be shocked – SHOCKED – if the Rangers didn’t come out like a house on fire in their home barn against an archrival (this is the first Rangers home game of the season series, by the way).  I watched the entire Rangers game last night, cheering for the Canadiens of course, but couldn’t help but be impressed with the dominant onslaught the Blueshirts sustained for the final ten minutes or so of the contest.  Montreal hung on for dear life, but the Rangers were better in crunch time.  If they play that way tonight, the Flyers are certainly going to have their hands full, but the issue of a back-to-back could work in the Flyers’ favor as the game wears on.  Hit ’em hard and wear ’em down.

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.