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Link Checks 2/9/2012

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It’s Hockey Night in Philadelphia tonight.  The Flyers will be hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs (TCLFlyers).  The Flyers are on a three game losing streak, their most recent loss coming on Monday.  It was yet another shootout loss, something the Flyers just can’t figure out this season (SBNation Philly).  The Leafs also lost Monday night.  Bobrovsky will get the start, due to Bryzgalov apparently having the flu (Buzz on Broad).  He missed practice today.

In the building tonight is Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs, the same player who hit Pronger in the eye with his stick.  Pronger has been out since suffering that injury.  He hasn’t talked to media about how he’s feeling, so everyone is unsure about how he’s really feeling (CSNPhilly). Talking to his wife though, and knowing he hasn’t been up to much, it doesn’t seem very good.  Grabovski says he feels sorry for hitting him, but it was a “100 percent accident.” (@BroadStBull)

Also in the building for the Leafs is Brayden Schenn’s brother, Luke.  Luke Schenn says he loves playing in Toronto, but one day hopes to play with his brother (@BroadStBull).  Brayden said it would be fun (CSNPhilly).

Yet another player to watch tonight is former Flyer Joffrey Lupul.  He is on a line with Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak.  They’ve been very succesful together, and Lupul is having a career year because of it (CSNPhilly).

The Flyers need not to look at just their veterans to step up in order to start winning games again.  It’s been the year of rookies for the Flyers, and they also have to step up.  One player who has had no problem doing that, and was a bargain for the Flyers, is Matt Read (TCLFlyers).

Claude Giroux has been great this year, and definitely a noticeable aspect of his game that has improved is his faceoffs.  He ranks fourth overall in the NHL for his winning percentage.  Who deserves credit for teaching Giroux the ins-and-outs of the faceoff?  Surprisingly, Flyers legend Bobby Clarke (CSNPhilly).

Giroux won’t be going anywhere, but as the days pass, it’s getting closer and closer to the NHL trade deadline of February 27th.  Paul Holmgren is among the top GMs under pressure to make a move prior to that date (RLD Hockey).  NHL fans from all around will be excited to take in each and every transaction on deadline day (The Hockey Guys).  How active could the trade deadline be this year, though (Crimespree Hockey)?

Four of the five division teams will be in action tonight...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 51 71 33 13 5
2. Image preview 53 67 30 16 7
3. Image preview 53 65 31 19 3
4. Image preview 54 65 30 19 5
5. Image preview 52 52 22 22 8

They'll all be at their home arena.

The streaking Devils will take on the 31-14-7 St. Louis Blues (In Lou We Trust).  Their rivals, and division-leading New York Rangers, will play the Lightning.  It is their third of four meetings this season (NHL.com).

The New York Islanders will vs the Montreal Canadiens to start their three-game homestand (NHL.com).

 

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs TOR   Thursday 2/9
vs NYR  Saturday 2/11
@ DET  Sunday 2/12
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