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Link Checks 2/24/2012

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Far away in Edmonton, the Flyers were looking to win their second game in a row.  That wasn’t meant to be though, as the Oilers won by a score of 2-0 (TCL Flyers).  They looked strong in the first but the second period came, and, as Coach Laviolette put it, the Flyers played like “Horses--t.”  They were undisciplined (Broad Street Buzz) and Edmonton took advantage.

During play, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell delivered a knee-on-knee hit to Magnus Paajarvi (YouTube).  He said it was an unintentional hit, and the NHL agreed.  Hartnell will receive no supplementary discipline (CSNPhilly).

Ilya Bryzgalov had a solid game.  Despite letting in one weak goal, he played great, coming up big and bailing out the Flyers’ defense on several occasions.  Briere and the rest of the players have trust in him (FaceOff).  He’s been under-performing almost the whole year, but he still has plenty of time to turn things around (Philly.com).

Flyers forward Matt Read started out well and was a top candidate for the Calder Trophy, but has really slowed down.  In his last 14 games, he’s picked up just three points.  Just like James van Riemsdyk did in his first season, Matt Read has hit the ‘rookie wall’ (SBNation Philly).

It overall wasn’t a good game for the Orange and Black.  With just four days remaining before the NHL trade deadline, the question in Philadelphia now seems to be “when” rather than “if” the Flyers will make a move (TCL Flyers).

Talking about the deadline, two big-name Flyers players who were dealt away in the offseason to separate teams have now been reunited (The 700 Level).  Mike Richards and Jeff Carter will now both be playing together in Los Angeles, after Carter was traded to the Kings.  The trade was needed for both the Kings and Blue Jackets (Crimespree Hockey).

The “Battle of New York” is on for 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 60 73 33 20 7
4. Image preview 60 73 34 21 5
5. Image preview 60 58 24 26 8

Playing on Long Island will be the Islanders and Rangers (TCL Isles).  For once, an Islanders-Rangers game late in the season will actually mean something (RLD Hockey).  The Islanders desperately need wins to stay in the playoff hunt.  Meanwhile, a Rangers loss could greatly increase their already high chances of acquiring Rick Nash (The Rangers Tribune).

The red-hot Devils, who have won four straight games, will be at home tonight.  They won’t have easy opponents in the Vancouver Canucks, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 just like the Devils.  It is the only meeting between the Devils and Canucks this season (NHL.com).

The Penguins will host the Lightning tomorrow in an afternoon game (NHL.com).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

@ CAL  Saturday 2/25
@ SJ  Tuesday 2/28
vs NYI  Thursday 3/1
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