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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

Tweet: Alex Ovechkin Won’t Play Against Flyers Tomorrow Night

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Previews with tags , on March 21, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…I get resting your best players up before the playoffs so they are ready for the stretch run, but why rest AO against the Flyers – a team that, with a win, the Caps would match at the top of the Eastern Conference?  I’m not complaining, but it still seems a bit weird to me.

Inquirer: Flyers are Ready to Rock This Week

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

FLYERS BUZZED FOR GAMES AGAINST CAPITALS AND PENGUINS

…This week’s games are obviously huge and it’s a very good sign that the Flyers realize that and know that their best hockey had better be on the horizon.  The potential exists for the Flyers to pull four points ahead of the Capitals with two games in hand, while also going further in front of the Penguins, the lone team that stands in their way this point when it comes to an Atlantic Division title.

I agree with Carchidi in that Bobrovsky will likely get one, if not both of these contests, and will probably be the man in between the pipes come playoff time for the Orange and Black.  The Caps will be red hot coming in on Tuesday, and it will be up to the Flyers to stop them in their tracks.  I have a bad feeling – I SINCERELY hope I’m wrong – but I have a bad feeling that these next two games will show the Flyers’ glaring defensive weakness without having Chris Pronger in the lineup against some of the game’s best players.  We shall see though; one game at a time.

Updates: Flyers Third in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on November 8, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

ESPN.com released another week’s worth of power rankings on the NHL portion of their site today, and the folks in Bristol put the Flyers down as the third best team in the National Hockey League at this early juncture of the season.

Jody Shelley and the Flyers are tops in the East according to ESPN

Ahead of the Orange and Black are the St. Louis Blues (#1 overall, 9-1-2) and the Los Angeles Kings (#2 overall, 10-3-0).  The Washington Capitals (5th overall) join the Flyers as the only two Eastern Conference teams in the top five, with the Flyers being the top-ranked Eastern Conference team at 3rd overall.  The Orange and Black made a significant jump from last week’s rankings, which saw the Flyers just barely clinging on to the tenth spot.  Here’s ESPN.com’s reasoning as to why the Flyers made a seven spot step forward this week:

“The Flyers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end in overtime against Washington on Sunday but are getting contributions from throughout the lineup. Sergei Bobrovsky (Bob, or Bobo the Goalie, as we like to call him) appears to be the real deal with eight victories (tied for the league lead).”

Comments?  Post ’em below.  First in the East sounds alright to me.

Check out the rankings here: POWER RANKINGS: BLUES STAY AT #1

Updates: Caps a “Good” Opponent for Flyers?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The last time the Flyers and Caps got together, the Flyers had the last laugh

The great Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News has a column today about the Philadelphia Flyers and a potential second round opponent – the East’s top seed and President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals.  While the Capitals were far and away the Eastern Conference’s best team this regular season, Seravalli argues that their first round series against the eighth seeded has shed a mortal light on a trendy Stanley Cup Finalist pick from the Eastern Conference.  Seravalli points out that Washington is just 1 for 24 on the powerplay against Montreal, and that their lethal scoring threat has been somewhat subdued in their current series.

A big reason for that is obviously the disappearing act of Alexander Semin.  Once again, Semin proves this season – for the third Stanley Cup Playoffs in a row – that he is about as inconsistent as they come in hockey’s second half.  It’s completely right for him to be called – as Seravalli quotes Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau – one of the ‘four or five passengers’ that have been riding Washington’s playoff bus.  Going back to Washington as a whole, a Flyers match-up with them would mark the second time in three years the two teams will have collided in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Two years ago, when the two sides met, the Flyers came away victorious in dramatic fashion, winning Game Seven in overtime on the Verizon Center ice.  Joffrey Lupul scored the series-clinching goal for Philadelphia.

The Capitals will try to close out the series tonight North of the border in Game 6.  A Montreal win sends the Habs and Caps back to our nation’s capital for a decisive Game Seven.  Something tells me this series is over tonight.

Updates: Flyers Playing the Waiting Game

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

After laying the smack-down on NJ, the Flyers must sit and wait

After a tremendous effort and a four games to one victory in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Flyers entered Monday having not played a hockey game three days.  Given how the past couple months of grueling action has gone for the team, some would welcome this “long” lay-off.  Others, however, aren’t as keen to the extra rest.  On his philadelphiaflyers.com Blog, “On the Fly,” Kevin Kurz speaks with some of the players, notably Danny Briere and Chris Pronger about the extra long lay-off between rounds.  The players also briefly discuss their thoughts on potentially playing the Washington Capitals, and an Ian Laperriere injury update is also included.