The Philadelphia Flyers (29-27-14) open a four game road trip tonight as they take on the Ottawa Senators (32-24-11) at the Canadian Tire Centre. This is the second of three meetings between the clubs and the lone game in Canada. Opening faceoff is at 7:00.
Another week of Flyers hockey is in the books and it's time for us to give out our Player and Play of the Week honors.
The Flyers struggled through the week, falling to the Devils on Sunday, 5-2, the Stars on Tuesday, 2-1, and the Blues, 1-0 in a shootout, on Thursday before picking up a huge win on Saturday against the Red Wings, 7-2.
Brayden Schenn is our Player of the Week. Schenn tallied three points in Saturday's win, including two goals.
Our Play of the Week honor goes to Steve Mason. Mason made several incredible saves in Thursday's loss to the Blues, but none better than this robbery on Jori Lehtera.
The Flyers open a four-game road trip on Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators and will face the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, the Calgary Flames on Thursday and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
Despite a blustery snowstorm that had descended on the Delaware Valley around mid-morning, the Flyers game against Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings was to go on as scheduled.
The Kings were already in town, having played in Pittsburgh two days prior and the Flyers had gotten to the rink earlier in the morning. By the time the puck was dropped at 1:05 pm, there was already eight inches or more of snow on the ground and roughly about 2,000 die-hard hockey fans in the seats.
With the news of R.J. Umberger's season-ending injury, the Flyers had a void at forward that needed to be filled. And in the closing stages of this season, they have decided to give one of their up-and-coming prospects a chance at the NHL level.
Nick Cousins, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms leading scorer this season, has been recalled and will join the Flyers for the upcoming four-game road trip.
Saturday signaled the one-week mark of the beginning of the end for the Flyers. Last Saturday, the Flyers were 15 seconds away from moving within two points of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot.
One week later, the Flyers are now 10 points back of that spot. On Saturday afternoon, they welcomed the Detroit Red Wings to town. Detroit is currently third in the Atlantic Division.
You wouldn't have known it by the play on the ice. It marked the 10th straight home win for the Flyers against Red Wings, who are still in search of their first win at Wells Fargo Center since the 1997 Stanley Cup Final after Saturday's 7-2 shellacking.