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Link Checks 2/27/2012

The NHL trade deadline has just passed not long ago, and the madness has come to an end.  The Flyers were rumored to be going after a number one goalie (TCL Flyers).  There was also talk that they wouldn’t make any moves (CSNPhilly), and they didn’t (CSNPhilly).  Even though the Flyers weren’t involved, there sure were a lot of moves.  The Checking Line had all the coverage, and what the writers had to say about the deals (TCL).

The Flyers were rumored to be seeking a goaltender because Ilya Bryzgalov obviously hasn’t performed up to expectations this season.  However, it’s all about a matter of perspective when discussing the netminder (TCL Flyers).  He did start out horribly against the Flames but righted the ship and was actually the winner in a shootout (TCL Flyers).

Bryzgalov will need to have another solid game tomorrow, because consistency is key for the Flyers down the stretch (TCL Flyers).  The “Bryz Boos” could disappear if he plays to his ability (Crimespree Hockey).

He’s not near being NHL ready yet, but goaltender Brad Phillips of the AHL affiliate Phantoms had one crazy day.  First he was an ECHL goaltender, then called up to the AHL, only to be sent back down again without playing.  It was just another day in the life of an ECHL goaltender (TCL Flyers).

It of course wouldn’t be a move needed to be made before the deadline, but should the Flyers name an official captain?  I think that there’s no need to, because anyone can step up and say what they want, but some think differently (Philly.com).  Whether or not they do, Pronger’s absence is still being missed.

The Penguins have pulled ahead of the Flyers in the standings:

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 60 84 39 15 6
2. Image preview 62 77 36 21 5
3. Image preview 61 75 34 20 7
4. Image preview 61 74 35 22 4
5. Image preview 62 60 24 28 8

They still have a game in hand, though.  With their 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets yesterday (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), they’ve moved two points ahead of the Flyers.

The Devils and Islanders both played yesterday as well, but they were both on the losing side of things.

In New Jersey, the Lightning defeated the Devils by a score of 4-3 (NHL.com).  It was their second loss in a row.  The Devils will hope to turn things around and come up with a big win vs the division leading Rangers tonight (NHL.com).

The Islanders were away in Ottawa, where they were dominated by a score of 5-2 (TCL Isles).  Their playoff hopes continue to diminish with each and every loss.

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

@ SJ  Tuesday 2/28
vs NYI  Thursday 3/1
@ WAS  Sunday 3/4
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