Better With Popcorn

Link Checks 3/26/2012

The past weekend was a successful one for the Flyers.  They were determined to clinch a playoff spot and they did, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 (TCL Flyers).  They might have had a little extra motivation the beat the Habs, as captain Chris Pronger was in attendance.  It was the first time in a long time (TCL Flyers).  He received a standing ovation (The 700 Level).  It’s good to know you’re guaranteed a chance at the Stanley Cup, but now’s not the time to focus on the post-season (Orange and Black Pack).

While the Flyers were looking to clinch a playoff spot, their ECHL affiliates were just looking to move out of last place in the league.  Losing to their division rivals though didn’t help, as the Titans were dismantled by the Royals, 7-0 (TCL Flyers).  The Phantoms however are just out of playoff position.  Their dreams of making it are alive and well after their 5-4 win yesterday over Binghamton (Post Star).

The Flyers may have locked up a spot in the playoffs, but there are still eleven teams battling to get in.  With just two weeks left to go in the season, every game is going to be intense and every win will mean something (Crimespree Hockey).  Games like Buffalo vs Washington will be the ones you won’t want to miss (RLD Hockey).

While it will be tough, the Tampa Bay Lightning are fighting to get in.  Their game will of course be stepped up and the Flyers need to be ready because that’s who they’ll be facing next.  If they keep their offense rolling, they should be fine (TCL Flyers).  

They’ll also have to keep Stamkos at bay and the man who will have a big part in that is Sean Couturier.  His line was matched against Evgeni Malkin’s line vs Pittsburgh and there’s no reason to believe it won’t be match against Stamkos vs Tampa Bay.  This is Couturier’s next big challenge (Broad Street Bull).  

The Lightning will have to keep Claude Giroux at par too, as he will be eyeing a strong finish to the season (Broad Street Bull).  It is a longshot, but he could catch Malkin for league’s top scorer (CSNPhilly).

The Penguins are closing in on the Rangers (CSNPhilly), and it’s looking more and more likely that the Flyers will face New York the first round of the playoffs:

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 75 101 47 21 7
2. Image preview 75 100 47 22 6
3. Image preview 75 96 44 23 8
4. Image preview 76 90 42 28 6
5. Image preview 75 73 31 33 11

The Pens cruised past the Devils in a 5-2 win yesterday (NHL.com).  Dupuis, Malkin, and Crosby all led the way with two points each.  The Islanders also played yesterday.  They just edged the Panthers in a shootout, winning 3-2 (TCL Isles).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs TB  Monday 3/26
@ TOR  Thursday 3/29
vs OTT  Saturday 3/31
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Kimmo Timo