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Link Checks 2/23/2012

Before heading on their long road trip, Max Talbot and fellow Flyers had fun at the Flyers Wives Fight For Lives Carnival (Puck Daddy).  It was a relaxing day before a long stretch of 10 away games.

Tonight, they’re 2,393 miles from home and are looking to get their second win in a row tonight.

In Edmonton, they’ll take on the 23-30-6 Oilers (TCL Flyers) after a thrilling overtime victory two nights before.  The Flyers haven’t won in Edmonton since 2001 (CSNPhilly), but the momentum from their last game where they capitalized late should carry over into this one (CSNPhilly).  It wasn’t Bryzgalov’s best of games on Tuesday as he was bailed out (Philly.com), but he did get the win, and will probably start tonight.  It’s important that he starts to get on a roll and play better heading into the playoffs.

In the game vs Winnipeg, the Flyers threw everything they had at the Jets in overtime, and for good reason: they were avoiding the shootout as much as possible (Philly.com).  Zac Rinaldo was very aggressive, and will continue to be just that in future games (Philly.com).

Pavel Kubina made his Flyers debut in that game.  Him, along with new defenseman Nicklas Grossman, are still learning the Flyers’ system (CSNPhilly).

Both of them wee recently acquired through trades, of course.  That’s two trades within days for Philadelphia, but as the fans all know, there will still be rumors about James van Riemsdyk being moved.  There’s been many of them, but how do they all make sense (SBNation Philly)?  There’s still Rick Nash to Philadelphia rumors (Press of AC), but the JVR one’s make more sense.  That’s not saying either of them will be moved, though.

No Atlantic Division teams played last night, and the Flyers are the only ones playing tonight:

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 58 81 38 15 5
2. Image preview 59 74 35 20 4
3. Image preview 59 73 33 19 7
4. Image preview 60 73 34 21 5
5. Image preview 60 58 24 26 8

Tomorrow, the Devils will be home to take on the Canucks (NHL.com).  There are many questions as to whether they will make a move prior to the deadline.  If they do, it will most likely be for a forward, because they don’t need any new defenseman (In Lou We Trust).

Also playing tomorrow are the New York Islanders and Rangers.  That game will be on Long Island and the division-leading Rangers will want to stomp the Islanders (NHL.com).  The Islanders are in the “re-building” stage right now, you could say.  How are some of their prospects doing?  Sound Tiger Matt Donovan recently talked to The Checking Line’s own, Rob McGowan (TCL Isles).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

@ EDM  Thursday 2/23
@ CAL  Saturday 2/25
@ SJ  Tuesday 2/28
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