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Link Checks 1/16/2012

This past weekend has not been a good one for Flyers fans.  Before the game Saturday, it was announced that James vanRiemsdyk would be out indefinitely due to a concussion (TCLFlyers).  Later that night, the Flyers were 4-2 losers in Nashville (TCLFlyers).  Despite Bobrovsky being on a roll, Laviolette started Bryzgalov that game, again hoping things will pan out.

Whether to start Bobrovsky or Bryzgalov has become an issue divided (TCLFlyers).  Either way, the 128 goals allowed by the Flyers this season is not all in part to the goaltenders.  The Flyers defense could still use some improving, and there are different options for who they could add to the team or what they need to do (TCLFlyers).

The Flyers were 2-2 on their road trip, and are now happy to be home (flyers.nhl.com) for the next nine out of 12 games.  Next on the schedule are the 22-16-7 Minnesota Wild, who the Flyers prepared for today during morning practice (NHLFlyers tweet).  At the practice, forward Zac Rinaldo went off the ice after being hit in the face by a puck.  He is not expected to miss any time, however (Sarah Baicker tweet).

 

The NHL-leading Rangers aren't making it easy for the Orange & Black to catch them.

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 43 60 28 11 4
2. Image preview 43 56 26 13 4
3. Image preview 44 52 25 17 2
4. Image preview 44 50 23 17 4
5. Image preview 42 38 16 20
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On Saturday night, they showed the Maple Leafs why they're in first place, beating them 3-0 (NHL.com).  It was the Rangers who were conquered last night though, losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1 (The Checking Line).

Also winners on Saturday night were the Islanders and Devils.  The Islanders took down the Sabres (NHL.com), and the Devils did the same to the Jets (CBC.ca).

The Penguins didn't play Saturday, but were 6-3 winners against the Lightning on Sunday, a game in which Evgeni Malkin had a natural hat trick (NHL.com).

 

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

 

vs MIN Image preview  Tuesday 1/17
vs NYI Image preview  Thursday 1/19
@ NJ Image preview Saturday 1/21