Link Checks 4/26/2012
It’s only a matter of time now before the Flyers find out who they’ll be going up against in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They’ve been practicing daily and got good news today when Nicklas Grossmann was there without the “no-contact” jersey on. He participated fully in the practice (TCL Flyers).
Bryzgalov was one member of the team to speak with the media after practice. He wasn’t exactly the most interesting guy to be taking questions, but his replies were actually quite funny, though dull (Broad Street Bull). He doesn’t need to be good with the media though; all he has to do is perform well on the ice. If he does and leads the Flyers to the Finals, he has a good chance of being considered the best Flyers’ playoff goaltender in recent years (Flyers Faithful).
One thing's for certain: The only team left in the East that the Flyers can’t vs is the Rangers. This is because of the Capitals’ Game 7 overtime win over the Bruins last night (The Checking Line). It’s still a waiting game though for the Flyers, as there are four different scenarios for who their opponent will be, with two Game 7s tonight (CSNPhilly).
It’s been a waiting game for almost a week now. Sure, the rest is great, but a week-long break in between games feels too long, and even Kimmo Timonen, the most banged-up guy on the team, says so (Daily News). Claude Giroux probably wants to get going again, too, as the playoffs are his favorite time of the year (The Inquirer).
Especially after his performance in Game 6 of the ECQF, Giroux has been the topic of discussion when talking about captaincy. However, there’s no need to name a captain, because each player provides their own guidance in different ways, whether they have a “C” on their sweater or not (Flyers Faithful).
Now the Caps and Flyers have advanced for the East, but which two teams will move on tonight?
The Rangers and Senators will play tonight in New York. Chris Neil will need to have another big game in order for the Sens to advance (NHL.com). The Panthers and Devils will also face off in another Game 7 (NHL.com).
Perhaps the more interesting series in the West will be between the Coyotes and Predators, for one reason: Goaltending. Pekka Rinne and Mike Smith, both elite at their position, will battle it out in Round 2 (RLD Hockey).