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Link Checks 2/1/2012

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In a surprisingly low scoring game vs the Jets last night, the Flyers did not get the result they were looking for.  A 2-1 final in the shootout left the Flyers with only one point (TCLFlyers).  It was a game which lacked tempo and for the most part, a game without any consistent pressure from either side.

The Flyers can definitely take some positives from the game though.  Jaromir Jagr, just back from a groin injury, quickly got going and looked impressive throughtout the enitre match (TCLFlyers).  Battling his injury throughout the game (Philly.com), he still played very well.  He also has an unselfish reason for wanting to play good this year: helping Giroux win the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer (CSNPhilly).

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who has largely struggled over the past month, allowed just one goal in 65 minutes of play (TCLFlyers).  He also did well in the shootout compared to his other shootouts this year.  After going 0-for-5 in previous attempts, he managed to stop the first two Jets' shooters.

The concussion 'epidemic' in the NHL has definitely taken it's toll on several Flyers players.  Both Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk practiced yesterday, but didn't today (CSNPhilly).  Holmgren said he guesses "you can call that a setback."  Briere, who originally got his concussion from an elbow the the head is disappointed about the whole situation (Philly.com).  It is a slow but promising recovery for both players (Delco Times).

One Flyer who is perfectly healty and just doesn't contribute to the team is Jody Shelley (TCLFlyers).  It's unfortunate to say, but as Rangers forward Mike Rupp put it, he's "[expletive] irrelevant."

Of course every team has it's wide array of prospects around the world.  How are the Flyers' prospects around Europe doing (Flyers Faithful)?

It is the players of the Flyers' first team roster who is trying to catch the Rangers though, not the prospects...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 47 67 31 12 5
2. Image preview 48 64 29 14 6
3. Image preview 49 62 29 17 4
4. Image preview 48 57 27 19 3
5. Image preview 48 47 20 22 7

They had a chance to move within two points of the Rangers last night, as they also lost in a shootout.  They fell 4-3 to the Devils (In Lou We Trust).

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the team the Flyers should really be worrying about though.  Even though they have a game in hand, they've won eight straight games in a row.  Their most recent was a come from behind shootout win vs the Leafs (The Checking Line).

The Islanders were in Carolina, where they dominated the Hurricanes to pick up a 5-2 victory (TCL Isles).

 

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs NSH  Thursday 2/2
vs NJ Image preview Saturday 2/4
@ NYR  Sunday 2/5
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