…I agree with this move by Laviolette, though I know I’m in the minority. Bobrovsky has played tremendous this season, and one bad start shouldn’t eliminate him from consideration as the team’s top netminder. I still believe he is, and I believe he’ll prove that tonight.
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“That’s something we got to continue to push; I said that from the start, I continue to say it. There won’t be an easy game for us for the rest of the year. No matter who you’re playing, it won’t be easy. So every game means something now. Organizations are not going to make the playoffs if you’re trying to reboot. There’s 16 teams trying to make the playoffs and there’s eight or 10 teams fighting for a spot. There are no easy games and we have to continue to press them.”
– Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette
Read the rest of Panotch’s Week in Review here.
“I’ve answered this probably 40 times this year. You have some sort of quote on your microphone. We had a 10 [game losing streak] two years ago. Last year, we had some. I’m not going to keep answering the same question every single year.”
– Mike Richards to Sam Carchidi post-game earlier today.
…Usually I get mad when Richie ignores questions or is an asshole to reporters, but in this case I understand. The team is in a slump, it’s a bad slump, and there really hasn’t been a sign that it’s going to just disappear at the snap of their fingers. That being said, there aren’t many lineups in the league that can throw out a unit like the Flyers can, and I fully expect them to continue to contend for the top spot in the East. Whether they may have allowed teams to creep back into the race or not at this point, now that’s a whole other topic – and hopefully something we don’t need to revisit down the line.
…I don’t know how I feel about this. I was talking to my dad about this last night, and we both agreed that a day away from the rink may have been the best scenario today. Obviously, the flu is going around, and it’s already grabbed two of the best players on the team in Richards and Carter, but it’s hard to imagine there being any chance Lavy would give his guys a break after another disappointing effort. The fact that he had them in probably before the sun came up this morning, now that’s something different entirely. I like that.
…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.
…It didn’t look good when O’Donnell went down yesterday against New York. Oskars Bartulis will fill in for at least this week’s games against Phoenix and the Islanders. Rest is always good in OD’s case. He’s 39 years old, and the Flyers will need him to be in the best shape possible come playoff time.
Wednesday, Feb. 16
Event No. 1: Flyers Hooked On Hockey (9:30 a.m.)/School Assembly Program (1:30 p.m.): Brookside Elementary (800 Marrows Road Newark, DE. 19713) Flyers Alumnus Bob “Hound” Kelly will aim to get kids hooked on hockey while he instructs students on the game of hockey and talks to them about the importance of teamwork both on and off the ice. The Flyers will donate Mylec hockey sticks to the school to be utilized during physical education classes.
Event No. 2: On-Ice Hockey Clinic: Regency Ice Rink at 6 p.m. (2155 Ambassador Circle, Lancaster, PA. 17603) Flyers Alumnus Bob “Hound” Kelly and members of the Flyers staff will lead an on-ice hockey clinic for young players.
Thursday, Feb. 17
Event No. 1: Flyers School Assembly Program: Hawthorne Park Elementary at 1:45 p.m. (84 Hampshire Lane, Willingboro, N.J. 08046) Flyers Alumnus Bob “Hound” Kelly will aim to get kids hooked on hockey while he instructs students on the game of hockey and talks to them about the importance of teamwork both on and off the ice. The Flyers will donate Mylec hockey sticks to the school to be utilized during physical education classes.
Event No. 2: On-Ice Sled Hockey Clinic: Virtua Center Voorhees Skate Zone at 4:30 p.m. (601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees N.J. 08043) Flyers Alumnus Bob “Hound” Kelly will give sled hockey a try, as he works with youngsters from the Virtua Wings of Steel, which is one of six teams within the The Atlantic Sled Hockey League (ASHL).
Friday, February 18
Wear Your Favorite Hockey Jersey Day: As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, fans are encouraged to show their support for the Philadelphia Flyers by wearing their favorite hockey jersey.
Event No. 1: Flyers Hooked On Hockey (9:30 a.m.)/School Assembly Program (1:45 p.m.): West End Memorial Elementary (215 Queen Street Woodbury, N.J. 08096) Flyers Alumnus Bob “Hound” Kelly will aim to get kids hooked on hockey while he instructs students on the game of hockey and talks to them about the importance of teamwork both on and off the ice. The Flyers will donate Mylec hockey sticks to the school to be utilized during physical education classes.
Event No. 2: Flyers Viewing Party: United Sports Training Center at 8 p.m. (1426 Marshallton Thorndale, Downingtown, PA. 19335) Flyers fans are encouraged to join Flyers Alumni and Ice Team members to watch the Flyers battle the Carolina Hurricanes and participate in family-friendly contests such as target shooting, puck stacking, Flyers trivia, and more. Flyers prizes will also be distributed.
Saturday, February 19
Bring a Friend To The Rink Day: As part of Hockey Weekend Across America, children ages 10 and under are encouraged to participate in free “Learn to Skate” sessions at various rinks throughout the Philadelphia region. A list of all participating rinks can be found at USAHockey.com.
Members of the Flyers Fun Patrol will distribute Flyers give-a-ways at Ice Works in Aston, PA. from 12:00 – 3:00 pm (3100 W. Duttons Mill Rd, Aston, PA. 19014)
Sunday, February 20
Hockey Day In America: Settle in for six hours of wall-to-wall hockey coverage on NBC (starting at noon), including the Flyers visit to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m.
– Tim Panaccio, Flyer & Ice