Jan 22, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT
In recent games against the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, the Flyers have given reason for doubt that they’re among the Eastern Conference elite. True, they did beat the Bruins and spoil the Garden’s Stanley Cup raising banner, but a 6-0 loss in mid December and three losses to the Rangers have left the Flyers with plenty to prove.
Unfortunately, they’ll be shorthanded as hell when they try. Already without their towering defensive foil to Boston’s Zdeno Chara, the Flyers lost Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere yesterday. Will they have enough firepower without them to crack one of the league’s stingiest defenses and its unquestioned top goaltender?
There are a few things in the Flyers favor, and a few factors decidedly against them…
Hartnell Leads Revamped Power Play in Win, But Briere, Jagr, Rinaldo Hurt … Bryz Wants to Be Left Alone
Jan 21, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT
The Flyers’ dual-matinee weekend appeared to get off to a promising start, with a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. But, injuries disclosed both during and after the game could prove to be more important than their resurgent effort after a poor outing against the Islanders, and Ilya Bryzgalov’s postgame comments may get as much attention as his stellar in-game play.
Jan 21, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT
The merciless wrath of the concussion has gripped another Flyer, this time Danny Briere. Could it have come on the de-skater by New Jersey Devil Anton Volchenkov? Or one of several other times he appeared to have taken contact to the head?
Jan 21, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT
A look at Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils.
Jan 19, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT
Cross the Flyers’ home winning streak over the Islanders off the ledger, replace it with 0-1-0 on games after fashion shows.* Sergei Bobrovsky gave the Flyers all they could possibly ask for, but at times, he might as well have been on the ice by himself. Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders defense kept the Flyers off the board until halfway through the third period, then finished them off, 4-1, with an empty netter.
Jan 19, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT
The Flyers may have lost with few positives outside of the play of their goaltender, but the game also featured something almost as rare as an Islanders win at the Wells Fargo Center. Below, peek the seldom seen Claude Giroux fight video.
Jan 19, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT
The Flyers’ dominance over the New York Islanders in recent seasons is well documented and increasingly not even worth the key strokes to detail again. The Isle have fallen from their heyday, and the future is not exactly promising either.
But ‘dominance’ is part of tonight’s storyline, in that it has factored into Peter Laviolette’s decision to start Sergei Bobrovsky over Ilya Bryzgalov despite Bryz having a very good outing against the Wild on Tuesday.
Jan 19, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT
Earlier in the day we posted a wonderful photo of Max Talbot riding a bicycle on stage at the Flyers Wives Fashion Show. We thought it was ripe for a good caption, but, as Level readers often do, regular commenter will.H had a better idea: get Evan Turner — often times dubbed the “Extraterrestrial” — into a basket on the front of that bike.
Jan 19, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT
The Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival has been around longer than most of us here at the Level have been alive. It’s where we shot on Ron Hextall to varying results. The 35th annual Flyers Carnival will take place next month on February 12, but the Flyers wives added a new wrinkle this year as they held their very own fashion show last night.
Jan 19, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT
Chris’s wife Lauren was at the fashion event put on by the Flyers’ wives last night and talked about how her husband is dealing with the symptoms and the fact that he’s not out there on the ice helping his team. It makes you want to forget about hockey for a while and just hope the guy feels better one of these days simply so he can live a better life.
Jan 18, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT
It must feel good to be home… and to play the Wild there. The Flyers made short work of the league’s second-worst offense, dispatching Minnesota 5-1 and dropping them to 0-8-2 on the road since December 10. That’s right, but for one minor hiccup, everything was coming up orange and black on Tuesday night.
Jan 17, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT
Will the injury to Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu open up a All-Star bid for the Flyers’ Scott Hartnell?
Jan 15, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT
Chris Pronger broke his silence to release a brief statement on his state of mind.
Jan 15, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT
Highlights and summary from the Nashville Predators’ 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Jan 14, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT
Paul Holmgren’s makeover of the Philadelphia Flyers this past off-season is still fresh in our minds midway through the season. The makeup of the team changed somewhat dramatically, catching nearly everyone outside of the club’s front office entirely by surprise. But it wasn’t Homer’s first time hitting the reset button on a Flyers roster — just the first time he did it with a winning team. Two players he targeted when initially rebuilding the club the four years ago were Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen, who visit the first NHL city they called home tonight with the Flyers in Nashville to face the Predators.
Below, a look at the Flyers first transformation under Holmgren, and how the conjoined paths of an unlikely duo survived hockey depravity in Nashville and another roster implosion in Philadelphia.
Jan 14, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT
At a time when fans and media alike are wondering the degree to which James van Riemsdyk is slowed by a possible hip injury, and trade rumors once again encircle the third-year Flyer, he’ll now be sidelined with a concussion.
Jan 13, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT
In the Winter Classic story we wish would go away, an arrest has been made on the Flyers fan side.
Jan 13, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT
It wasn’t pretty up on Long Island, but the Flyers escaped with a 3-2 win in a brilliant performance by Sergei Bobrovsky. Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, and Sean Couturier each scored, with the third being the definition of a necessary insurance goal. Video highlights, plus a look at the elbow Max Talbot took via Steve Staios.
Jan 12, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT
Jaromir Jagr is caught by the Flyers broadcast taking care of some business on the bench
Jan 12, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT
Sergei Bobrovsky will be rewarded for his stellar play against the Hurricanes with another start tonight. I’m surprised only because when I saw he was facing the ‘Canes, a team that can score, I half thought that Lavy was setting up Ilya Bryzgalov with the easier of the two easy matchups this week.
Jan 12, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT
How are you gonna shaft Harsty like that, Mr. NHL All-Star Game selection people?
Jan 12, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT
The 2011 portion of the Flyers’ 2011-2012 season was to be the great unknown when the team took the ice in October. No one knew exactly how the surprising reshaping of the team would work out, as it’s never so simple as putting good players together and letting them play (ask the Eagles).
Jan 11, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT
A look at Sean Couturier’s most recent pair of goals, which are near-mirror images of each other.
Jan 10, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT
Our Philadelphia Flyers hockey club has been through a gauntlet of challenging teams and scenarios lately, including playing elite competition, a grueling stretch of away games, and the scrutiny of playing in the sport’s most visible game, followed by the top team in the West and a home-and-home with an upstart conference foe. Fans, players, coaches, and owners alike probably wouldn’t have it any other way. While the stretch hasn’t been easy, it’s been a great experience.
Jan 10, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT
Perhaps it was the less than stellar showing in the fan All-Star voting that motivated G to get back on to Twitter, but whatever the reason may be, it’s awesome to have the most entertaining athlete on the ice in Philadelphia on the Internet for 140 characters at a time.
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