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Game #52| Thu., Jan. 23, 2014| Flyers at Blue Jackets |7:00 p.m. ET

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (25-20-6, 12-11-5 away ) vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (25-20-4, 13-9-2 home )




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BROADCAST INFORMATION

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GAME PREVIEW, NOTES and STATISTICS

Team Stats
Team GP RecordHomeAwayL10G/GGA/GPP%PK%PIM/GS/GS/AFO%
PHI5125-20-613-9-112-11-5 5-3-2 2.67 2.78 18.5 84.215.929.9 30.0 49.4
CBJ4925-20-4 13-9-2 12-11-2 8-2-0 2.842.8019.2 80.2 11.628.430.7 51.0

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TEAMS' WEBSITES

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
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FLYERS' ROSTER
Forwards
No. Player Height Weight Date of Birth AgePlace of Birth
14 Sean Couturier 6' 3" 197 Dec 7, 1992 21 Phoenix, AZ, USA
9 Steve Downie 5' 11" 191 Apr 3, 1987 26 Newmarket, ON, CAN
28 Claude Giroux "C" 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 26 Hearst, ON, CAN
18 Adam Hall 6' 2" 212 Aug 14, 1980 33 Kalamazoo, MI, USA
19 Scott Hartnell "A" 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 31 Regina, SK, CAN
40 Vincent Lecavalier 6' 4" 215 Apr 21, 1980 33 Ile Bizard, QC, CAN
12 Michael Raffl6' 0" 192 Dec 1, 1988 25 Villach, AUT
24 Matt Read 5' 10" 185 Jun 14, 1986 27 Ilderton, ON, CAN
36 Zac Rinaldo 5' 11" 169 Jun 15, 1990 23 Missisauga, ON, CAN
37 Jay Rosehill 6' 3" 215 Jul 16, 1985 28 Olds, AB, CAN
10 Brayden Schenn 6' 1" 190 Aug 22, 1991 22 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
17 Wayne Simmonds 6' 2" 183 Aug 26, 1988 25 Scarborough, ON, CAN
76 Chris VandeVelde 6' 2" 190 Mar 15, 1987 26 Moorhead, MN, USA
93 Jakub Voracek 6' 2" 214 Aug 15, 1989 24 Kladno, CZE

Defensemen
No. Player Height Weight Date of Birth AgePlace of Birth
5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 28 Shaunavon, SK, CAN
75 Hal Gill 6' 7" 243 Apr 6, 1975 38 Concord, MA, USA
8 Nicklas Grossmann 6' 4" 230 Jan 22, 1985 28 Stockholm, SWE
26 Erik Gustafsson 5' 10" 180 Dec 15, 1988 25 Kvissleby, SWE
41 Andrej Meszaros 6' 2" 223 Oct 13, 1985 28 Považská Bystrica, SVK
20 Chris Pronger 6' 6" 220 Oct 10, 1974 39 Dryden, ON, CAN
22 Luke Schenn 6' 2" 229 Nov 2, 1989 24 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
32 Mark Streit 5' 11" 191 Dec 11, 1977 36 Bern, CHE
44 Kimmo Timonen "A" 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 38 Kuopio, FIN

Goalies
No. Player Height Weight Date of Birth AgePlace of Birth
29 Ray Emery 6' 2" 196 Sep 28, 1982 31 Hamilton, ON, CAN
35 Steve Mason 6' 4" 217 May 29, 1988 25 Oakville, ON, CAN

FLYERS' POSSIBLE LINEUP
Lines
Left WingCenterRight Wing
12 - Michael Raffl 28 - Claude Giroux (C) 93 -Jakub Voracek
10 - Brayden Schenn 40 - Vincent Lecavalier 17 - Wayne Simmonds
19 - Scott Hartnell (A) 14 - Sean Couturier 24 - Matt Read
76 - Chris VandeVelde 18 - Adam Hall 9 - Steve Downie

Pairings
Name Name
44 - Kimmo Timonen (A) 5 - Braydon Coburn
8 - Nicklas Grossmann 32 - Mark Streit
41- Andrej Meszaros 22 - Luke Schenn

Goalies
Name Name
29 - Ray Emery (confirmed starter) 35 - Steve Mason

FLYERS' INJURIES and SCRATCHES
Player Status Description
Hal Gill available expected to be a healthy scratch
Erik Gustafsson available healthy
Chris Pronger placed on LTIR Sep. 30 post-concussion syndrome
Zac Rinaldo placed on IR Jan. 10; out six weeksleft high ankle sprain; injured Jan. 8
Jay Rosehill available could be scratched

FLYERS' POWER PLAY UNITS
No. 1: Wayne Simmonds |Claude Giroux | Jakub Voracek |Scott Hartnell | Kimmo Timonen
No. 2: Brayden Schenn |Steve Downie |Vincent Lecavalier| Matt Read | Mark Streit

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COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
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BLUE JACKETS' POSSIBLE LINEUP
Lines
Left WingCenterRight Wing
11 - Matt Calvert 17 - Brandon Dubinsky 13 - Cam Atkinson
38 - Boone Jenner42 - Artem Anisimov 8 - Nathan Horton
71 - Nick Foligno 19 - Ryan Johansen 18 - R.J. Umberger
24 - Derek MacKenzie 55 - Mark Letestu 26 - Corey Tropp

Pairings
Name Name
7 - Jack Johnson 51 - Fedor Tyutin
27 - Ryan Murray 21 - James Wisniewski
6 - Nikita Nikitin 58 - David Savard

Goalies
Name Name
72 - Sergei Bobrovsky (expected starter) 31 - Curtis McElhinney

BLUE JACKETS' INJURIES and SCRATCHES
Player Status Description
Cody Bass available recalled Jan. 22
Jared Boll injured reserve bruised left foot
Matt Calvert probable; did not skate today affects of a blocked shot
Blake Comeau skated but will not play; injured reserve sprained knee
Marian Gaborik injured reserve broken collarbone
Dalton Proust available healthy

BLUE JACKETS' POWER PLAY UNITS
No. 1: Matt Calvert | Brandon Dubinsky | Cam Atkinson |Ryan Murray | James Wisniewski
No. 2: Mark Letestu | Artem Anisimov | Nathan Horton |Jack Johnson |Nikita Nikitin

BLUE JACKETS' ROSTER
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No. Player Height Weight Date of Birth AgePlace of Birth
42 Artem Anisimov 6' 4" 198 May 24, 1988 25 Yaroslavl, RUS
13 Cam Atkinson 5' 8" 174 Jun 5, 1989 24 Riverside, CT, USA
(32) Cody Bass 6' 0" 210 Jan 7, 1987 27 Owen Sound, ON, CAN
40 Jared Boll "A" 6' 3" 214 May 13, 1986 27 Charlotte, NC, USA
11 Matt Calvert 5' 11" 187 Dec 24, 1989 24 Brandon, MB, CAN
14 Blake Comeau 6' 1" 202 Feb 18, 1986 27 Meadow Lake, SK, CAN
17 Brandon Dubinsky"A" 6' 2" 216 Apr 29, 1986 27 Anchorage, AK, USA
71 Nick Foligno 6' 0" 210 Oct 31, 1987 26 Buffalo, NY, USA
10 Marian Gaborik 6' 1" 204 Feb 14, 1982 31 Trencin, SVK
8 Nathan Horton 6' 2" 229 May 29, 1985 28 Welland, ON, CAN
38 Boone Jenner 6' 2" 208 Jun 15, 1993 20 Dorchester, ON, CAN
19 Ryan Johansen 6' 3" 223 Jul 31, 1992 21 Vancouver, BC, CAN
55 Mark Letestu "A" 5' 10" 199 Feb 4, 1985 28 Elk Point, AB, CAN
24 Derek MacKenzie 5' 11" 181 Jun 11, 1981 32 Sudbury, ON, CAN
26 Corey Tropp 6' 0" 185 Jul 25, 1989 24 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA
18 RJ Umberger 6' 2" 214 May 3, 1982 31 Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Defensemen
No. Player Height Weight Date of Birth AgePlace of Birth
7 Jack Johnson "A" 6' 1" 238 Jan 13, 1987 27 Indianapolis, IN, USA
27 Ryan Murray 6' 1" 208 Sep 27, 1993 20 Regina, SK, CAN
6 Nikita Nikitin 6' 4" 223 Jun 16, 1986 27 Omsk, RUS
47 Dalton Prout 6' 3" 222 Mar 13, 1990 23 Kingsville, ON, CAN
58 David Savard 6' 2" 219 Oct 22, 1990 23 St. Hyacinthe, QC, CAN
51 Fedor Tyutin 6' 2" 212 Jul 19, 1983 30 Izhevsk, RUS
21 James Wisniewski 5' 11" 203 Feb 21, 1984 29 Canton, MI, USA

Goalies
No. Player Height Weight Date of Birth AgePlace of Birth
72 Sergei Bobrovsky 6' 2" 182 Sep 20, 1988 25 Novokuznetsk, RUS
31 Curtis McElhinney 6' 3" 205 May 23, 1983 30 London, ON, CAN

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FLYERS vs. BLUE JACKETS SERIES HISTORY

Regular Season Record
Opponent W-L-T-OTL Home Away
Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4-3-0 5-0-1-0 2-4-2-0

Playoffs Record
Opponent Series W-L Home Away
Columbus Blue Jackets 0-00-00-00-0

Regular Season Streaks (unless noted)
Opponent W-L-T-OTL Home Away
Columbus Blue Jackets 0-1-0 in the last 1 5-0-0 in the last 5 0-4-0 in the last 4

2000-09:
  • November 29, 2000 -- Mark Recchi scored twice in the third period including the GWG with 58.6 seconds remaining in the Flyers' 4-3 win at Columbus. Recchi also tied the game at 3-3 near the midway point of the third period. Both Recchi goals were assisted by Ruslan Fedotenko. Brian Boucher made 23 saves in the win. This was the first time the teams met and Tyler Wright scored the first goal in this series, but 13 seconds later the Flyers' Jody Hull evened the game. The Jackets held a 3-1 lead in the second period and 3-2 at the start of the final period. It was the first time the expansion Blue Jackets lost a game when leading entering the third period (6-0-1 prior mark).
  • October 6, 2001 -- In the first meeting in Philadelphia, the Flyers rallied for a 3-3 tie when Justin Williams scored with 4:14 to play. Columbus led 3-1 when Grant Marshall (2-0-2) scored his second goal of the game 1:11 into the third period. Kim Johnsson (2-0-2), who earlier scored his first goal as a Flyer, replied with his second tally to make it 3-2 Blue Jackets. Eric Weinrich, Simon Gagne, Williams and Johnsson each had two points. The Flyers outshot the Blue Jackets 40-18 including 29-10 from the start of the second period. Ron Tugnutt made 37 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets went 2-for-2 on the PP. Mark Recchi beat Espen Knutsen in a fight.
  • October 8, 2001 -- Simon Gagne and Jan Hlavac scored 50 seconds of each other in the game's final eight minutes and the Flyers skated to a 2-2 tie in Columbus. Hlavac's shot bounced off the skates of two Columbus players before beating goalie Marc Denis (30 saves). Serge Aubin gave the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead early in the third period. Brian Boucher made 28 saves. Jesse Boulerice fought Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSnMq9I5J94
  • July 4, 2002 -- Luke Richardson, who spent the last five seasons with the Flyers, signed a four-year deal reportedly for $11 million with the Blue Jackets.
  • April 1, 2003 -- Columbus was limited to 10 shots in the Flyers' home finale, a 4-0 win. The Flyers held shot advantages of 12-3 through one period, 21-6 through two periods and 29-10 overall. Roman Cechmanek, who prior to the game was named the Flyers' MVP and winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy, had his 20th career shutout and afterwards said "Ten shots is not nice for me. Sometimes I wasn't focused. I stand there for 10 minutes and nobody was shooting.'' Kim Johnsson scored in the first period and Jeremy Roenick made it 2-0 in the second period. Keith Primeau (0-2-2) assisted on the second and fourth goals. Tyler Wright of Columbus was a -4. Jim Vandermeer was a winner in a fight against David Ling. Simon Gagne returned after missing 13 straight games and 29 of 31 with a right groin injury (Gagne played in the final three games of the regular season).
  • December 10, 2003 -- Sami Kapanen scored with 1:08 left in regulation and the teams played to a 1-1 tie in Columbus. Earlier in the game, Kapanen lost up to four teeth when an errant stick from teammate Donald Brashear caught him in the mouth. Fred Brathwaite made 40 saves for Columbus as the Flyers held a 41-20 shot advantage, including 8-3 in overtime. Manny Malhotra, picked up on waivers less than three weeks prior, scored in the first period. The Flyers improved to 17-3-7-1 in their 28th game of the season including 13-1-4-0 in their last 18; however, the Flyers went 2-3-2-3 to finish the calendar year.
  • December 13, 2005 -- Robert Esche made 23 saves and Peter Forsberg, Jeff Carter and Sami Kapanen each scored in the 3-1 home win. The Blue Jackets had a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. The Flyers had seven minors in the second period compared to two for Columbus. The Flyers killed seven of the eight PPs awarded Columbus including 3:02 of a two-man power play. Carter won 10 of 13 faceoffs.
  • November 24, 2006 -- Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season, in the third period, and Antero Niittymaki made 39 saves in the Flyers' 3-2 home win. The Flyers ruined the Columbus coaching debut of Ken Hitchcock. Freddy Meyer made it 2-1 and he also had an assist. Rick Nash's tally with 19 seconds left in the second period knotted the score 2-2. Columbus outshot the Flyers 41-22 and Fredrik Modin had 10 shots. Hitchcock was fired by the Flyers October 22, 2006 after a 1-6-1 start. He coached his 758th regular season game as a head coach in the NHL. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouHQBMuPbnI

  • June 20, 2008 -- R.J. Umberger and the Flyers' 2008 fourth round choice (Drew Olson) were traded to Columbus for Colorado's 2008 first round choice (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Luca Sbisa) and Columbus's 2008 third round choice (Marc-Andre Bourdon).
  • December 27, 2008 -- Steve Mason made 20 saves in Columbus' 3-0 home win, the Blue Jackets' first victory against the Flyers in franchise history. Mason lowered his NHL-best GAA to 1.87. The Flyers were shutout for the first time in 76 games. Columbus was blanked in the prior two games and hadn't scored in 131 minutes, 8 seconds before Jan Hejda scored. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen didn't play due to an injury suffered the night before in Chicago. Weather in the Chicago area prevented the Flyers from their scheduled post-game departure and the team didn't arrive in Columbus until mid-afternoon. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I0npk5k5-8
  • October 20, 2009 -- Stefan Legein was acquired by the Flyers in exchange for Michael Ratchuk.

2010-2014:
  • January 19, 2010 -- Jeff Carter scored twice (22nd time in his career), won 14 of 18 faceoffs, snapped a 2-2 tie with an incredible maneuver and was chosen the game's top star in Philly's 5-3 home win. Carter's impressive play ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oPPPg8XIUw ) culiminated with a shot directly off a faceoff win which beat goalie Mathieu Garon (25 saves, 30 shots) who was eventually replaced by Steve Mason (7 saves, 7 shots). The play came about a minute after Ian Laperriere fought Mathieu Roy ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxbn2Ef4Vnc ). Daniel Carcillo, Chris Pronger and Arron Asham also scored. Ray Emery made 25 stops for the victory. R.J. Umberger scored consecutive goals for the Blue Jackets which tied the game 2-2 and nearly completed a hat trick leading to Flyers' fans prematurely tossing hats onto the ice. Said Umberger "I've never seen that before, where a player from an opposing team gets that response. I had great times and it's nice to see them appreciate the effort I put in and how much it meant to be a Flyer." Kristian Huselius had three assists. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_hYgD6znkE

  • October 25, 2010 -- The Flyers dropped a 2-1 decision in a listless performance that was described by head coach Peter Laviolette as "The first 40 minutes, there was nothing there. There was no jam to our game. We played mindless hockey without any energy. Without any passion.” Mathieu Garon made 28 saves and Kyle Wilson and Derick Brassard scored. Ville Leino scored the lone Flyers' goal with 5:01 to play. The struggling Flyers' PP went 0-for-2 and was 3-for-35 eight games into the season.
  • February 28, 2011 -- Tom Sestito was acquired from Columbus for Michael Chaput and Greg Moore.
  • June 23, 2011 -- Jeff Carter was traded to Columbus for Jakub Voracek, the Blue Jackets' 2011 first round pick which was eighth overall (Sean Couturier) and Columbus' 2011 third round pick (Nick Cousins).
  • November 5, 2011 -- The Flyers led 5-0 through the first period and clobbered Columbus (2-10-1 entering the game) 9-2 in Philadelphia. Eight different Flyers scored which tied a team record set four other times, the most recent being October 23, 1983. Fifteen Flyers had at least one point and seven had multi-point efforts led by James van Riemsdyk (1-2-3) and Jakub Voracek (1-2-3). Sean Couturier (2-0-2) scored twice including a 3-on-1 SHG. Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves. The Flyers led 2-0 at the 2:27 mark and after the next goal Steve Mason (21 saves, 28 shots) was replaced by Allen York (3 saves, 5 shots); Mason returned to start the second period and went the distance. The Flyers 5-0 lead after the opening period is believed to be the eighth such occurrence in team history. The Flyers led 8-0 after two periods; the most recent time the Flyers led by eight goals after two periods was October 18, 1984 (Vancouver). The Flyers were outshot 21-6 in the third period and 35-33 in the game. Matt Carle was a +5 and Eric Gustafsson was a +6, the first Flyers' rookie to be +6 since Thomas Eriksson, Rich Sutter and Ron Sutter in a 1984 game. The Flyers were +27 while Columbus was -28. The last time the Flyers scored nine goals was February 6, 1997 (Montreal). Wayne Simmonds beat Derek Dorsett in a fight ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtmh1gT0bRc ). Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh66CZ5df4o

  • June 22, 2012 -- The Flyers acquired three draft picks for Sergei Bobrovsky. The Flyers received Ottawa's 2012 second round pick (Anthony Stolarz), Vancouver's 2012 fourth round pick (Taylor Leier) and Phoenix's 2013 fourth round pick which was later traded to Los Angeles for Simon Gagne.
  • April 3, 2013 -- The Flyers acquired Steve Mason from Columbus for Michael Leighton and their 2015 third round draft choice.
  • December 19, 2013 -- Captain Claude Giroux's (2-2-4) terrific performance, which culminated with his 100th career goal, helped lead the Flyers to a remarkable comeback in a 5-4 home win. The Flyers out-scored Columbus 5-1 in the third period. It is unofficially the fourth time in team history the Flyers have out-scored an opponent 5-1 in the third period of a regular season game and the first time since April 1, 1976. It was also the third time in team history the Flyers rallied from a deficit of three or more goals through two periods and won. Columbus led 3-0 through two periods and temporarily halted a brief Flyers' rally when Blake Comeau scored 8:35 into the third period to make it 4-2. That lead remained until Erik Gustafsson scored with 4:39 remaining. Giroux netted a pair of sensational goals, one that tied the game with 3:46 remaining and then a sparkling backhander with 1:38 to play in regulation was the eventual winner. The Flyers outshot Columbus 14-4 in the opening period but trailed 1-0. Columbus held an 18-9 advantage in the middle period. The Flyers outshot the Blue Jackets 16-7 in the third period. Ten Blue Jackets had a point apiece. Jake Voracek (1-2-3) and Mark Streit (0-2-2) also had multiple point games for the Flyers in addition to Giroux. In four games since the top line became Michael Raffl (1-4-5), Giroux (4-5-9) and Voracek (4-4-8), the trio had 22 points (9-13-22) and the team was 3-0-1. Columbus was 36-0-1 all-time under head coach Todd Richards when entering the third period with a lead. Highlights -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZlNLdz8P5A and Giroux's winning goal ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf7SwT85LrA ).
  • December 21, 2013 -- Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger both scored twice and Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves in the Blue Jackets' 6-3 home win. The Flyers scored twice in 20 seconds late in the second period to knot the game 2-2. Columbus held a 4-1 advantage in the third period and went ahead to stay at the 3:36 mark on David Savard's goal. The Flyers' PP was 0-for-5. The game saw the return of Vincent Lecavalier but Erik Gustafsson suffered a knee injury, Columbus's Marian Gaborik, who returned after missing the prior 17 games, suffered a broken collarbone on a Zac Rinaldo hit in the first period, and referee Dan O'Rourke left the game for good in the opening period after being struck by a skate in the chest.
  • January 23, 2014 -- Brandon Dubinsky and Matt Calvert had two points and Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves in the Blue Jackets' 5-2 home win, the team's eighth straight victory. The Flyers led 2-1 at the game's midway point but trailed 3-2 as the third period opened and failed to score during a brief 5-on-3 which carried over from the second period. About two minutes after the successful kill, Dubinsky made it 4-2. Columbus won 59% of faceoffs and Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov combined to win 22 of 29. Ray Emery made 34 saves.

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FLYERS vs. BLUE JACKETS 2013-14 SCHEDULE
Schedule: http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?team=PHI
DateGame Time Television (could change)
Thu Dec 19, 2013Columbus 4 at Philadelphia 5 7:00 PM ETFS-O, CSN-PH
Sat Dec 21, 2013Philadelphia 3 at Columbus 67:00 PM ETCSN-PH, FS-O
Thu Jan 23, 2014Philadelphia 2 at Columbus 5 7:00 PM ETCSN-PH,FS-O
Thu Apr 3, 2014Columbus at Philadelphia 7:00 PM ETFS-O,CSN-PH

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FLYERS' UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Date Visiting Team Home Team Time Television (could change)
Sat Jan 25, 2014Boston Philadelphia 1:00 PM ETNESN, CSN-PH
Tue Jan 28, 2014Detroit Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET FS-D, CSN-PH
Thu Jan 30, 2014Philadelphia Anaheim 10:00 PM ETCSN-PH, PRIME
Sat Feb 1, 2014Philadelphia Los Angeles 4:00 PM ETNHLN-US, CSN-PH, FS-W
Mon Feb 3, 2014Philadelphia San Jose 10:30 PM ETTCN-PH, CSN-CA
Thu Feb 6, 2014Colorado Philadelphia 7:00 PM ETALT, CSN-PH
Sat Feb 8, 2014Calgary Philadelphia 1:00 PM ETSNET-W, CSN-PH
Feb 12-23, 2014 Olympics Sochi, Russiacheck sched below*** varies
Thu Feb 27, 2014San Jose Philadelphia 7:00 PM ETCSN-CA, CSN-PH
Ice Hockey Olympics TV schedule*** ( http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/...ochi_2014.html )

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THIS DATE IN FLYERS' HISTORY: January 23, 1969
Dick Sarrazin and Jean-Guy Gendron set what is believed to be an existing team record for fastest two power plays goals, 16 seconds apart, in a 2-2 tie at Chicago. The Flyers capitalized during a five-minute major to Gilles Marotte and one goal was scored while Bobby Hull served a minor infraction.

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MEDIA COVERAGE
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Bucks County Courier Times
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/sports/flyers/
Bucks County Courier Times: Wayne Fish's Twitter
https://twitter.com/waynefish1
Comcast Sports Philadelphia
http://www.csnphilly.com/pages/flyers
Comcast Sports Philadelphia: Sarah Baicker's Twitter
https://twitter.com/sbaickerCSN
Comcast Sports Philadelphia: John Boruk's Twitter
https://twitter.com/JohnBorukCSN
Comcast Sports Philadelphia: Tim Panaccio's Twitter
https://twitter.com/tpanotchCSN
Courier-Post of South Jersey
http://www.courierpostonline.com/section/sports04
Courier-Post of South Jersey: Dave Isaac's Blog
http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/flyers
Courier-Post of South Jersey: Dave Isaac's Twitter
https://twitter.com/davegisaac
Delaware County Times
http://www.delcotimes.com/flyers
Delaware County Times: Rob Parent's Twitter
http://twitter.com/reluctantSE
Flyers Inside Reporter: Anthony SanFilippo's Blog
http://flyers.nhl.com/club/blog.htm?id=804
Flyers Inside Reporter: Anthony SanFilippo's Twitter
https://twitter.com/InsideTheFlyers
HockeyBuzz.com
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/team/Philadelphia-Flyers
HockeyBuzz.com: Bill Meltzer's Twitter
http://twitter.com/billmeltzer
Philadelphia Daily News: Frank Seravalli's Blog
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/frequentflyers/
Philadelphia Daily News: Frank Seravalli's Twitter
http://twitter.com/DNFlyers
Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/
Philadelphia Inquirer: Sam Carchidi's Blog
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inqflyersreport/
Philadelphia Inquirer: Sam Carchidi's Twitter
http://twitter.com/broadstbull
Sports Radio 94 WIP
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/cat...sports/flyers/
Sports Radio 97.5 The Fanatic
http://www.975thefanatic.com/teams/flyers/home.aspx
Columbus Dispatch
http://bluejacketsxtra.sportsdirecti...ms/team30.html
Columbus Dispatch (blog)
http://www.bluejacketsxtra.com/
Columbus Dispatch (Shawn Mitchell's Twitter)
https://twitter.com/smitchcd
Columbus Dispatch (Aaron Portzline's Twitter)
http://twitter.com/#!/aportzline
FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer's Twitter)
https://twitter.com/jrimercbj

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Not really a must win yet, but this game should definitely tell us what kind of team we have !!!

After probably the worst effort of the year, they need a bounce back game tonight.

Go Flyers !!!!!!!!!!

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I really hope Gus gets a chance for once. The Luke Schenn - Andrej Meszaros experience has gone on long enough.

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I'd rather lose this game 1-0 then see a mediocre team score 3 or more goals again. Time to go back to boring defensive hockey.

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I'm predicting 3 or more goals against.
Flyers have stopped playing responsibly ever since cracking the 0.5 mark.

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I've been really excited for this game for the past week or so.

Gonna be a really tough one, huge game in the standings.

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After last night's great and entertaining game I've decided to take a little break from watching these late night games (late for me). It's just not worth it to stay up late if most of our players decide to not show up and play their hearts out.


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Not really a must win yet,
upcoming games after tonight:
Boston
Detroit
@ Anaheim
@ LA
@ San Jose

could get ugly quick

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Considering Mason's play of late.....looks like Bob is causing regrets again...grrr!


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Columbus rides a seven-game winning streak into Thursday's game. Overall, the club is 8-1-0 thus far in January.

Former Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been outstanding of late, demonstrating the form that helped him to win the Vezina Trophy last season. Bobrovsky has won each of his last eight starts, with a 1.77 goals against average, .941 save percentage and one shutout in that span. Bobrovsky was injured at the time the two clubs met in the December home-and-home. This will be his first career game against the Flyers

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Wow...Bob has had a good 8 games in a row. Lets forget about his first 30 mediocre ones this year.

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Wow...Bob has had a good 8 games in a row. Lets forget about his first 30 mediocre ones this year.
Well he is trending upward at the right time while Mason is regressing....let's see if that continues. Remember it is how you finish.....

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Well he is trending upward at the right time while Mason is regressing....let's see if that continues. Remember it is how you finish.....
There is over 3 months left in the season. lol

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Big '4 point' game tonight.

A win here would be just what the doctor ordered.

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They will get smoked, everybody will wanna praise Bob even if he gives up 3 goals. People will guarantee they miss the playoffs, it'll make me pray for the Olympic break.

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There is over 3 months left in the season. lol
Like I said..let's see who finishes strong. Obviously I hope it's Mason and we can secure a playoff spot. This stretch coming up should tell a lot IMO...

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Like I said..let's see who finishes strong. Obviously I hope it's Mason and we can secure a playoff spot. This stretch coming up should tell a lot IMO...
Just prepare yourself for disappointment. Its the Philadelphia way.

I Mason really playing that poorly??

Were ANY of those 3 goals really on him? If any of them, I'll lay the 3rd one at his feet because of the rebound, but Tlusty has to have SOMEBODY on him.

Semin was a sniper shot that was blocked by Meszaros (because he can't play D)
Gerbe was one of the most ridiculous goals this year.

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could get ugly quick
This is a huge game tonight. If the flyers can't come out firing after last nights performance with 3rd place on the line, they could be in serious trouble. A loss in regulation puts them in the final wildcard as Columbus will have more wins and 2 games in hand.

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The best part is people say they didn't have any energy or whatever. They are just slow. The D slows down the entire team. They can't skate and they can't pass. Meszaros can't play D, he may have offensive ability, but every time he was on the ice, the Hurricanes had a good scoring chance. Schenn just looks lost.

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I Mason really playing that poorly??

Were ANY of those 3 goals really on him? If any of them, I'll lay the 3rd one at his feet because of the rebound, but Tlusty has to have SOMEBODY on him.

Semin was a sniper shot that was blocked by Meszaros (because he can't play D)
Gerbe was one of the most ridiculous goals this year.
Mason is playing average...with our D and the competitive nature of the division and conference due to the new seeding it's not going to cut it....

Last month or so Mason has looked pretty pedestrian..not just one game. It's a bit worrying.

Not saying it should all be on him but we do need him to step it up like the rest of the team but particularly him considering this next run of games. We need him to be the best player on the ice like he was in the beginning especially now that other teams like Columbus and the Rangers are heating up...

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Bobrovsky had an average/mediocre 30 or so games before his recent hot streak, but Mason has been that way for a while now too. Also, Bobrovsky won a Vezina prior to those 30 or so average games. So there's that.

As for Mason, it's pretty easy to understand what the complaint is with him. He's been pretty mediocre/average for a couple months or so now and that's not what you expect of any starter. That's what you expect of a backup goalie. The D is god awful, but Mason has shown much higher levels of play behind the same D and isn't anywhere near that level right now. You also can't have awful D and average to mediocre goaltending and expect anything good.

Mason also just got a contract extension where a lot of people argued that Homer should have waited till the end of the season to get it done to see how he plays out. So there's that too.

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Mason is playing average...with our D and the competitive nature of the division and conference due to the new seeding it's not going to cut it....

Last month or so Mason has looked pretty pedestrian..not just one game. It's a bit worrying.

Not saying it should all be on him but we do need him to step it up like the rest of the team but particularly him considering this next run of games. We need him to be the best player on the ice like he was in the beginning especially now that other teams like Columbus and the Rangers are heating up...
Hey, I've only seen a handle full of games lately, and none screamed that Mason was the reason. Do they need him to be a 95% Save %? If they do, there are MAJOR problems on this team. You can't expect him to be a .930-.940. That's unsustainable.

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Bobrovsky had an average/mediocre 30 or so games before his recent hot streak, but Mason has been that way for a while now too. Also, Bobrovsky won a Vezina prior to those 30 or so average games. So there's that.

As for Mason, it's pretty easy to understand what the complaint is with him. He's been pretty mediocre/average for a couple months or so now and that's not what you expect of any starter. That's what you expect of a backup goalie. The D is god awful, but Mason has shown much higher levels of play behind the same D and isn't anywhere near that level right now. You also can't have awful D and average to mediocre goaltending and expect anything good.

Mason also just got a contract extension where a lot of people argued that Homer should have waited till the end of the season to get it done to see how he plays out. So there's that too.
And we all congratulated Bob for having a good 37 games last year.

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Yeah it it amazing how inanimate he is back there.....

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And we all congratulated Bob for having a good 37 games last year.
I don't get why you're fixated on Bob. Since leaving here he has a Vezina which means he out performed just about every other goalie in the league at a very young age on a non playoff team even if it was for a shorter sample size then usual. He's also been their best player on an eight game winning streak (or at least his last eight games).

Are you trying to say Mason is as good? There's nothing to support that either. Bobrovsky was nothing but a good kid for us so I don't get why anyone would be angry towards him or want to discredit him.

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