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Link Checks 1/27/2012

 

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To start off all the fun of the NHL All-Star events, the highly anticipated draft took place last night.  Team Alfredsson and Team Chara alternated picks, selecting players one by one (YouTube).  The two rosters are now set for the game (TheCheckingLine).  Flyers' players Giroux and Hartnell will be on Team Alfredsson, and they'll try to get past Kimmo Timonen who will be suiting up for Team Chara.  Rookies Couturier and Read will be participating in the Skills Competition, and they'll be soaking in the experience (CSNPhilly).
Timonen, who is providing leadership to the Flyers' blue line (SBNation Philly), and Giroux were both picked early in the draft, but Hartnell was left waiting until the final rounds of the draft.  He wasn't picked last to win a nice Honda Crosstour though (CSNPhilly).  That now belongs to Logan Couture (Sports Illustrated).
Remember back when you were a kid and your mother made you buckle your helmet before going out to ride your bike?  Maybe the NHL should take the role of the mom here and start to mandate the usage of helmets during warm-ups (Crimespree Hockey).  After Taylor Hall's gruesome injury (YouTube), a lot more NHL players are starting to wear the helmets during pre-game, but it's not an NHL rule.
The Flyers will need to win a whole lot of games in the second half if they plan on taking first in the division...
 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 47 66 31 12 4
2. Image preview 48 63 29 14 5
3. Image preview 49 60 28 17 4
4. Image preview 48 55 26 19 3
5. Image preview 48 45 19 22 7
The New York Rangers are currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference.  What has been the key to success for them this year (LoHud Blogs - Rangers)?
The Penguins have been surging lately, winning seven in a row heading into the break.  Neal and Malkin have definitely impressed, but one player is quietly being a huge difference maker for the team (PensBurgh).
A lack of goal-scoring isn't going to get the Devils anywhere (In Lou We Trust).  Peter DeBoer and the rest of the Devils' coaching staff is going to be working hard over the break to try to turn things around (NJ.com).
The Islanders currently sit at last place in the Atlantic Division, and 13th in the Eastern Conference.  How have the forwards overall play been (TCL Isles)?  What about their play in front of the netminder (TCL Isles)?
 
FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS
vs WPG Image preview Tuesday 1/31
vs NSH  Thursday 2/2
vs NJ Image preview Saturday 2/4
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