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Welcome to Around the Net, a look at the Philadelphia Flyers on and off the ice. This week we look at Andrej Meszaros and his back, Claude Giroux and whether he misses playing with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, Ilya Bryzgalov earning another NHL player of the week honor and more.Meszaros to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks
This could be a damaging blow to the Flyers defense, but with the additions of Kubina and Grossman and Brandon Manning's solid play thus far, the Flyers should be able to live with Mez for a short while. [ Broad St. Hockey ]
Richards and Carter aren't missed, are they?
Giroux has blossomed into a potential superstar and should be atop the list for the league's MVP this season. Look what he has done for Scott Hartnell, a guy a lot of people, including myself , was looking to move early this season. [ Of Ice and Men ]
The top 5 Flyers personalities
Inspired by the Five Reasons I Love the Flyers series, James Minger reminisces about his top five personalities who wore orange and black.
What do you think of James's list? Any one you would replace? Leave a comment here or @Phillyflu75 and let me know your thoughts. [ Flyers-Philia ]
Scott Hartnell is having the best year of his career
Through 72 games, Hartnell has posted a career highs in both goals (35) and points (64) while scoring at an impressive 17.3 shot percentage. He's turned even the most jaded naysayers into believers. [ Broad St. Hockey ]
Bryz does it again
Ilya Bryzgalov continues to play very well in goal and you can see how confident the team is around him. The Flyers have become a very dangerous team that few will want to matchup with in the Stanley Cup playoffs. [ Orange and Black Pack ]
That's all for this week's Around the Net, join me next week at we get closer to the playoffs and start finalizing the first round match-ups.
Welcome to this week’s 3-on-3, a weekly look back at the Orange and Black. The Flyers went 2-1-1 in four games last week, getting five out of a possible eight points, good enough to keep themselves in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Let’s get to this week’s 3 “Hot” and 3 ”Not” players of the week.
Scott Hartnell: “Harts” continues his recent torrid pace with six goals in four games including a hat trick against the Bruins on Sunday. His 25 goals puts him at sixth place in the NHL and only five goals away from tying his career best of 30 in a season, set three years ago. Scott’s 44 points is second on the team and his plus-18 leads the team as well. Hartnell is also fourth on the team with a relative Corsi of 7.4, showing his improving all around play and how good he has been at even strength this season.
Matt Read: The rookie from Bemidji State has continued to have a very strong freshman campaign for the Flyers. Matt had two goals and two assists in four games and was a plus-2, putting him at plus-12 for the season, tied for third-best on the team and among all rookies. Read also leads all NHL rookies in goals with 15 and is third overall in rookie scoring with 31 points, four points behind Edmonton’s dynamic but injured Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Claude Giroux: Although his goal scoring has slowed down,Giroux continues to dish the puck and pile up assists. His six helpers in the last four games have raised his point total to 55, three behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the scoring lead. “G” continues to have an MVP type season and it is only a matter of time before he lights the lamp again for the Flyers.
Braydon Coburn: Coburn had a sub-par week, posting a minus 3 in four games for the Flyers. Coburn needs to be a steadying force in the absence of captain Chris Pronger, especially with two rookies in the lineup on defense. His minus-1 for the season is unacceptable for a top-four defenseman on a presumed Stanley Cup contender.
Everyone but Sergei Bobrovsky against the Islanders: The team’s complete lack of “jam”, as coach Peter Laviolette likes to say, was disturbing and lead directly to the defeat, their first against the Islanders in eight games overall. It also snapped a 13-game home win streak against their rivals.
Shootouts: Ilya Bryzgalov has yet to make a save this season in the shootout (0-for-5) and the Flyers are tied with Carolina with zero shootout wins this season. Since its institution for the 2005-06 season, the Flyers are a brutal 19-37 in the post-regulation skills competition.
That’s all for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we review Tuesday’s game against Florida and look back at the first half of the season at the All Star break.(The column will now be published on Tuesdays.)
Welcome to 3-on-3, a weekly look at the Philadelphia Flyers from a statical standpoint. The Flyers were 1-1-1 last week, gaining three out of a possible six points. Claude Giroux returned from injury against Dallas with a four point performance, but would it be enough to capture the top spot for the week? Let's find out:
Claude Giroux: “G” returned from his concussion and had a goal and three assists for four points. Giroux, only 23, continues to have an MVP-caliber season for the Flyers and currently leads the NHL in scoring with 43 points. He is a plus-8, his relative Corsi is 5.8 and he has kept his faceoff winning percentage at a steady 51.2 percent. Giroux simply makes this team go.
Scott Hartnell: Hartnell also had a four-point week, with a goal and three assists. He continues to have a great year playing on the Giroux-Jagr line. He leads the team in plus minus at plus-20 and is second on the team in scoring with 32 points. He also leads in relative Corsi with a 10.7 rating.
Jaromir Jagr: Jagr had a three point week with a goal and 2 assists in three games. Jagr continues to have a revival in his return to the NHL this season, ranking third on the team in scoring with 29 points, third in plus minus at plus-11 and second in relative Corsi with a 10.6 rating.
The Flyers in the shootout: The Flyers have been historically bad in the shootout, so when they had to go to the skills competition against the Avs, you just had a feeling it wouldn’t go the way of the Orange and Black. Overall, the Flyers fell to 19-36 all time in the shootout with their loss in Denver, placing 30th in the league along with the 30th-ranked save percentage at 54.6 percent. I know whenever it goes to the shootout, I just automatically chalk it up as a loss and I'm thankful for an extra point.
The Flyers at MSG: It has been almost a year since their last win at MSG, February 20, 2011, to be exact, when Dan Carcillo of all people scored the game winner. The Flyers are still an impressive 13-4-2 on the road this season even with those two conspicuous losses at 34th and 7th against the Rangers. They finally scored their first two goals of the year there in the third period on Monday, so hopefully they have broken whatever spell Henrik Lundqvist had over them.
Ilya Brzygalov: Not that he has been awful, but “Bryz” needs to be more consistent and start making the “10-bell” saves that a supposed Stanley Cup-level goalie needs to make. His save percentage is a dismal 59th in the NHL at .895, and his GAA is 51st at 2.92. There is still time for him to turn it around, but if the Flyers want to win the Cup this season, they will need Brzygalov to be a big reason why.
That does it for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we look back at two more road contests against Tampa and Pittsburgh.
Welcome to this week’s 3-on-3, where we look back on the week that was for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers won all three games last week to gain 6 points and take over the overall lead in the Eastern Conference from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Let’s look at this week’s 3 “hot” and 3 “not”:
Claude Giroux: “G” has continued his stellar play and has taken over the scoring lead in the NHL with 39 points, 3 points ahead of Toronto’s Phil Kessel. Claude totaled one goal and 7 assists in the 3 games but left in the second period on Saturday with an "upper-body" injury when teammate Wayne Simmonds ran into the back of his head. Giroux leads all forwards in average ice time with 21:28 per game and is a plus-7. Hopefully, he will not miss any time as he has been playing great hockey lately.
Scott Hartnell: “Harts” has been riding the wave with his linemates Jaromir Jagr and Giroux,but Scott has been putting up some good numbers all by himself. Hartnell had 3 goals and an assist in 3 games and is a team high plus-17. He currently has a five-game goal scoring streak as well. If he keeps it up, Hartnell will be on pace for a career year, one on par with his 30-goal season in 2008-09.
Jaromir Jagr: The ageless wonder notched 2 goals and an assist in the 3 games last week, continuing his great return to the NHL. Jagr ranks 3rd on the team in scoring and fourth in goals and is a plus-7 as well. He continues to play both ends of the ice equally well, which was not always the case early in his career.
No one really: The team is on a five-game winning streak, so other than a misplay here and there, everyone on the team is playing well. Not much to complain about when it’s all going right, despite injuries and playing 9 rookies this season.
That’s it for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we look back at 2 road tilts against Washington and Montreal and a home contest with Boston.
Welcome to this week’s 3-on-3, where we look back on the week for the Orange and Black.
This past week the Flyers went 2-2, getting 4 out of a possible 8 points. A rash of injuries have hit the Flyers recently, but they are still in second place in the Atlantic Division, 3 points behind Pittsburgh. Let’s get to this week’s “hot” and “cold” Flyers:
Claude Giroux --”G” continues his Hart Trophy candidacy with another strong week, potting 2 goals and an assist in 4 games. He continues to trail Phil Kessel for the overall scoring lead in the NHL by 1 point. Giroux continues to play well regardless of his linemates and he has also raised his faceoff percentage to 51.1%,highest on the team among forwards.
Danny Briere -- Briere scored 2 goals, including the game winner in OT against the NY Islanders, putting him in 4th place in points on the squad with James van Riemsdyk. Danny is starting to play more consistently and it is showing up on the scoresheet. He will never be a Selke Trophy candidate, as his relative Corsi is still a very low -11.4, but he is a plus-1 after being a minus player earlier in the season.
Sergei Bobrovsky --”Bob” stepped up big this week with 2 wins and seemingly has taken the starting job away from Ilya Bryzgalov after winning in relief against the NY Islanders. Bob has lowered his goals against to 2.82 and raised his save percentage to .905, both better than his countryman’s. Look for "Bob" to continue to split time with Bryzgalov until Ilya can get back on track.
Braydon Coburn -- Coburn has dropped to even on the season and his relative Corsi is -7.3, worst on the team among defensemen who have played 10 or more games. Coburn did have 2 assists against the Habs, but the team is giving up a lot of shots while he is on the ice, not something you want to see against one of your top defensemen.
Wayne Simmonds -- Simmonds has dropped to a minus-3, worst on the team (not including Brayden Schenn,who has only played in 4 games)and has not registered a point in the last 4 contests. His physical play is still there, but Wayne needs to tally some points, especially with all the injuries right now. His relative Corsi of -6.9 could use some work as well.
Ilya Brzygalov -- “Bryz” has not looked sharp in his last two outings and was pulled after surrendering 3 goals on 9 shots against the Isles. He simply needs to be more consistent or “Bob” will be starting instead.
Well,that does it for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we look back at two lonely road contests against the Ducks and the Coyotes.