Better With Popcorn

Link Checks 3/13/2012

After getting crushed and only scoring one goal vs the Devils on Sunday night, the Flyers will play them again and they will be seeking some offense and revenge (TCLFlyers).  They’ll likely have two key players back in Voracek and Timonen, both of whom practiced today.  While Kimmo Timonen was suffering from a lower body injury, it appears the team wanted him to get more rest than anything (Frequent Flyers).

Kubina also practiced today, but he and Meszaros will still remain out (TCLFlyers).  The team hopes the two defenseman heal quickly, as their lack of offense starts with the defense (CSNPhilly).

The Flyers are happy for their netminder (CSNPhilly) after he’s earned a humongous big honor.  Bryzgalov was named the NHL’s star of the week.  He’ll have to be sharp tonight as there are a valuable two points at stake (CSNPhilly).  The Devils and Flyers both have 85 points, and could swap places in the East with the Flyers moving down to 6th.

With the division and most of the Eastern Conference being so tight, there are several different playoff scenarios for the Flyers (CSNPhilly).  They could very likely be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs (PensBurgh).

The playoffs are of course quickly approaching if scenarios are already being formed as to which teams will play each other.  The end of the season is always the most physical, and the league may be making some rule changes to make the game safer (The Hockey Writers).  Flyers’ Paul Holmgren, who should be right at the top of the list for GM of the Year voting (Philly.com), will be among the group voting on the rule changes (CSNPhilly).

Safer game or not, it will still be a race to the finish in the Atlantic Division...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 68 94 43 18 7
2. Image preview 68 89 42 21 5
3. Image preview 68 85 39 22 7
4. Image preview 69 85 40 24 5
5. Image preview 69 66 28 31 10

The Islanders will be hosting the Washington Capitals tonight.  Being on a 3-game losing streak, the Islanders will look the rebound against the eighth place Capitals (TCL Isles).

Meanwhile, the Rangers will want to build on their win from Sunday’s game.  They’ll also be at home, where they will host the Hurricanes (NHL.com).  While he has been irrelevant this year, the Rangers may have one less player on their roster.  Flashy forward Sean Avery announced during a TV segment that he will be retiring from the NHL (Blueshirt Banter).

While the Rangers may lose one player, the Penguins will most likely have one player back, and he is much more relevant than Sean Avery.  When the Penguins are in New York on Thursday night, SIdney Crosby will finally be stepping back onto the ice for a game (ABC News).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs NJ  Tuesday 3/13
@ NYI  Thursday 3/15
@ BOS  Saturday 3/17
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