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Link Checks 3/8/2012

With three wins in a row, the Flyers will look to make it four tonight (TCLFlyers).  The game will be another home one for the Flyers and they’ll go up against the 74-point Florida Panthers.  Because of several injuries, Harry Zolnierczyk and Brandon Manning have been recalled from the Phantoms (TCLFlyers).  There is still a possibility that Jaromir Jagr (hip injury) could play tonight (CSNPhilly).  Jagr, as much as he enjoys starring in Czech commercials (Orange and Black Pack), sure wants to get back on the ice.

Meanwhile, Claude Giroux says his hands are fine (Philly.com).  His faceoff numbers were low versus the Red Wings after he took a slash to the wrist the game before.  That was called a penalty, but maybe penalties like that won’t be called so quickly from here on out.  Knowing that the playoff games are so physical, the NHL officials are gearing up for that and letting the guys play (Metro).

Bryzgalov will of course be in between the pipes again (@NHLFlyers).  Many fans blamed Bryzgalov’s poor play earlier in the year as a mental issue he has.  Really though, history and regression prove that all that blaming was just a bad explanation (SBNation Philly).  

He’s definitely been performing to his ability now, though, and with him getting so many deserving starts, what happens to Bobrovsky (Flyers Faithful)?  Either way, the Flyers want to continue their perfection in March (Broad Street Buzz), no matter who’s in net.  If they do, it will be very likely they’ll face their rival Penguins in the first round of the playoffs (CSNPhilly).

Those Pittsburgh Penguins are really on a hot streak...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 65 91 41 16 7
2. Image preview 66 85 40 21 5
3. Image preview 65 81 37 21 7
4. Image preview 66 79 37 24 5
5. Image preview 66 65 28 29 9

They’ve won seven games in a row, their most recent one coming last night against the Leafs.  Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist in the 3-2 come from behind victory (The Star).  Their superstar captain Sidney Crosby has finally been cleared for contact (Post-Gazette), but another athlete warns him not to rush back from injury (SportsNet).

The Islanders and Devils will begin their home-and-home series tonight in New Jersey (TCL Isles).  Meanwhile, the Rangers will look to get back on track when they vs the Senators in Ottawa tonight (SBNation NY).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

vs FLA  Thursday 3/8
@ TOR  Saturday 3/10
@ NJ  Sunday 3/11
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