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Flyers Move Saturday’s Gametime to Accomodate Phils Crowd

The Flyguys have changed the start time for their Oct. 25 game against the Devils to 4:00 pm to avoid a conflict with Game 3 of the World Series between the Phightins and the Rays.

The Philadelphia Phillies will play their home game of the series across the parking lot at Citizens Bank Park later that night.

The Flyers were originally scheduled to play New Jersey at 7 p.m.

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Flyers Lose Another One

The Flyguys lose another one.  Another rough start for this team with a long season ahead.  The Flyers had 12 penalties, twice as many as the Avs and gave up three goals on power plays.

The Avalanche outshot the Flyers 17-3 in the first period and got goals from Brett Clark and Marek Svatos against Marty Biron to take a 2-0 lead.

The Flyers scored twice in the second period but both times the Avalanche quickly responded with goals and took a 4-2 lead into the final frame.

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Sixers 8th in ESPN’s Power Rankings

Marc Stein of ESPN.com has ranked YOUR Philadelphia 76ers 8th in the NBA in the pre-season Power Rankings.  This is probably the highest the Sixers have ever been on Marc Stein’s over-hyped ranking system, but you know, I’ll take it.

I am a diehard Sixer fan, probably one of the few Philadelphia sports fans where the Sixers are my favorite over the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers (which would be the order of importance to me).  I have never been more pumped for the start of an NBA season then I am for this upcoming season.  The Sixers were hands down the outright winners of the offeason and the team they are about to trot onto the hardwood could be the best in years.  The run and gun style combined with a true post presence really gives me goosebumps when I think of the potential this team possesses.

Mr. Stein ranked us 8th in the NBA, but behind fellow Eastern Conference mates: Boston (1), Cleveland (6) and Detroit (7).  He had this to say about our franchise heading into the 2008/2009 NBA season.

The Sixers were undisputed champs of the offseason, but it’s also true that Mr. Brand might lift last season’s No. 7s only one spot. Philly can finish anywhere from No. 2 to No. 6, like Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando and Toronto.

I think Mr. Elton Brand will indeed lift us higher then then 7th seed in the East.  I’m predicting a 3 seed (behind Boston and Detroit), it’s bold, it’s a tad high, but who ever said lofty expectations were bad.   I think Mr. Brand is the best pickup we possibly could have made.  Not only was he the best FA out there, but he also filled our biggest need at a true Power Forward.

Things are looking bright Sixer Fans and I’m jumping on the bandwagon now, wait, I was always on the Sixer bandwagon… anyway, see you on opening night.

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What the Blood Clot?

As your Philadelphia Flyers prepare for game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal match-up against the Penguins, last night defensemen Kimmo Timonen, the man who was going to be primarily responsible for keeping Sidney Crosby, was lost for the series.

In game 4 against the Canadiens, Timonen blocked a shot that deflect off his left ankle and after playing in severe pain in the game 5 clincher, Timonen had a MRI earlier in the week that did not reveal the clot. But after going to the hospital yesterday, a surgeon discovered the clot. BING BANG BOOM, out for the series.

DOESN’T IT FRICKIN’ FIGURE PHILADELPHIA?

Yes I am being Neg – adelphia right now. But why should we expect anything else? Every time we get close to the promised land, something out of the blue arises. Joe Carter, Marshall Faulk, Ronde Barber, Ricky Manning Jr, Bill Beli – cheat, going against a team on a 20 game win streak in the playoffs (Colorado Rockies), Shaq and Kobe. There always seems to be something and now this.

Our best defensemen is now out for the series and the Flyers must adjust on the fly. But still feel confident Flyers fans, Derian Hatcher’s new line mate will most likely Braydon Coburn, the two of them were paired earlier in the season and were very successful together. And now look for Coburn and Hatcher to share the responsibility of shutting down Ev-gay-ni Malkin, and Sydney Cunt-sby, and look for fine results. And if Marty Biron continues on the pace he has set all post-season, although YES this loss is a huge blow, it might not quite be fatal.

Prediction: Flyers in 7 gut-wrenching games.

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Down to the Niitty Gritty

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With only 16 games remaining, the Flyers gained a very important point yesterday in a shootout loss to the hated New York Rangers.  They are currently two points behind the Rangers and hold the 8th and final playoff spot. 

As the season winds down and after watching a shaky first period yesterday, I ask you this; Does having two starting goalies help or hurt this team?

Antero Niittymaki and Marty Biron are both great goaltenders and need to see ice time in order to stay sharp and focused for the upcoming playoffs.  I feel that having two starting goalies on this hockey club has both its positives and negatives.  On the positive side, I believe it provides great depth in the case of an injury at a position that is usually tough to fill with premier players.   It also provides the Flyers with great trade bait as many teams are constantly searching for the next great goaltender to anchor their team.

However, I believe the constant shuffle between starting goaltenders is taking its toll in a negative way.  Niittymaki who has been sidelined for a few games in favor of Biron looked awful out there in the first period, giving up three goals on 13 shots.   He came out flat, and looked pretty rusty out there, reacting what seemed to be seconds late to a few of those shots he let get by.  In the second period he gave up a fourth goal, prompting the pull and allowing Marty Biron to take the ice.  Marty played great stopping all 21 shots fired his way. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love Antero as a goaltender on this team, but I think it needs to be set in stone who our “starting” goalie really is.  With the playoff push in full swing, Marty needs all the work he can get especially against a division rival and higher seed in the New York Rangers.   He should have played the entire game and who knows, we might have even pulled out the win and been able to force a tie with the Rangers in the 7th spot.  When asked about why Niitty and not Biron, head coach John Stevens said this:

“One, he had played so much lately,” Stevens explained. “Two, he’s not had a lot of success in back-to-back outings (now 0-4 in second games). Niitty has played well here before. I had a feeling that would happen today.”

Fair enough answer, but not great.  I can see why Niitty would get the start, but don’t you want to push your starter and see what he’s made of as the playoffs near.  I mean, you are going to be playing back to back games in the playoffs and most likely going to be facing a team that is as good, if not better then the Rangers right.  Time to get our game faces on boys and start grinding this out.

How about Jeff Carter?  This guy has been playing incredible hockey of late after lots of trade speculation as the deadline approached.  Two goals in the loss to the Rangers, and one goal and an assist in the win against the Islanders.  During the 3rd period yesterday it seemed like Carter was always around the puck.  With the increased ice time, especially in crunch time, Carter has been a major asset in the Flyers small streak in their last three games.  

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Philly Sports Recap

Phils Rock Reds, 8-1

In the second inning Ryan Howard smacked a double to center and scored when newcomer Geoff Jenkins grounded into a double play. Another new guy, third baseman Pedro Feliz stroked a line single in his first Phillies at-bat, then doubled in the second run in the fifth. During the Phillies 7-run, fifth inning barrage of the Reds, Greg Dobbs belted out a 3-run shot for the Phillies inaugural home-run of the season.

Veteran Jamie Moyer, in his 22nd Major League season, allowed only one hit over three scoreless innings. He walked none and struck out three. Rule 5 Draftee Travis Blackley also worked three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, but picked the runner off and also struck out two.

Last years rookie sensation Kyle Kendrick will take the hill today at 1:05 against the Shitsburgh Pirates.  Word is first round draft pick Joe Savery will also see some work.

Sixers Win Big, 101 – 89

The Sixers seem to be hitting their stride at exactly the right moment with the playoffs looming in their near future.  Notice I said “their near future”, thats right, I believe the Sixers can and WILL make the playoffs this year. 

Andre Miller and Bill Green both had huge games with 26 points each, Bill’s being a season-high.  Iggy also added 24, however had a rough night shooting the rock, only going 7-20 from the field. 

The Sixers have won seven straight at home with their last loss at the Wach coming to the Magic on Feb. 1 — and 8 of their last 10.  

FLYERS GAME TONIGHT!

I’ll be in attendance with some of the guys and the lady to see our Flyers take on the Sens from the best view in the house,  Luxury Suite 1** right behind the goal, its a beautiful thing.  The Senators seem to be in turmoil at the moment after two scoreless loses, prompting the firing of head coach John Paddock.  Flyers have also been reeling as we all now.  Should make for some angry hockey players, lots of fights, and some good fun.  I’m pumped.

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Flyers Streak Hits 9

The streak continues, the winless streak that is.  Last night plenty mental mistakes contributed to the 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks. In their last nine games the Flyers are 0-8-1 and falling out of the race fast.  As a matter of fact they have fallen to 10th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Atlantic Division. And to make matters worse, Simon Gagne says he’s definitely out for the regular season, most likely out for the playoffs but optimistic he can resume his career next season.Gagne confirmed on Thursday night that he will sit out the rest of the last six weeks of the season due to ongoing concussion symptoms.

Last night the Flyers failed to generate a power play, a first for the season and one which definitely goes down as the ultimate sign of ineffectiveness. 

Tomorrow the Flyguys host the Florida Panthers and look to turn things around.  They then hit the road for one game in Buffalo against the surging Sabres.  Thursday I will be in attendance for their home game against the Ottawa Senators from the luxury box bitches.

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The New Kid on the Ice (Block)

20-year old Ryan Parent finally received the call up.  Parent has performed masterfully on the ice this season for the Phantoms warranting the call from the Flyers.  Truthfully they have some banged up defensemen at the moment; Braydon Coburn (ruptured artery), Derian Hatcher (knee), but Parent has played good enough for the Flyers to take a serious gander. 

There is a very good shot he will see the ice tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which would be a good test for the youngster, in just his second career NHL game.  His effort in the coming weeks could prove very meaningful in the decisions the Flyers will make before or at the trade deadline, which is approaching very fast (Feb 26).

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