Sitting tentatively in the fourth place position in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers need to string together some wins down the stretch to solidify their spot in the post season. And with the third toughest remaining schedule in the conference, there is no better time to do that than a home-and-home against the New York Rangers on Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2009
The Flyers have announced that Danny Briere and Riley Cote will both be in the line up Thursday against the Washington Capitals. Briere, who has played just 12 games this season due to a chronic groin injury, will be inserted into the lineup for Andreas Nodl. Cote, who left Tuesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres because of an upper body injury, will also be in the lineup after tests on his shoulder came back negative.
Meanwhile, Washington enforcer Donald Brashear is still questionable for Thursday with a knee sprain. Brashear left Tuesday’s contest against the Nashville Predators after getting KO’d by Wade Belak.
Flyers’ enforcer Riley Cote, left the ice in the second period of his team’s 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night, with what is reported as an upper body injury. He did not return to the game and the severity of the injury is unknown.
The Flyers return to action Thursday night against the Washington Capitals, who coincidentally also lost their enforcer, Donald Brashear, to an injury. Brashear was knocked out by Nashville Predators tough guy Wade Belak and did not return to the game. The injury is reported as a sprained knee, which is identical to what he was diagnosed with after his two fights with Cote, in a game against the Flyers earlier in the season. It seems the Capitals’ “sprained knee” is the equivalent of the Flyers’ “sinus infection.”
Danny Briere practiced the last three days in hopes to have enough strength in his legs to face his former team, the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. But after writing himself into the lineup, coach John Stevens had some words with the 31-year old center and managed to change his mind on playing, meaning Briere will miss yet another game with a groin injury.
“I wanted to be in,” Briere said. “Obviously, because it’s the Sabres, you want to play against your old team. In the end it’s probably the safest decision with everything that’s happened this year.”
Briere has only played 12 games all season, scoring five goals and four assists during that span. Briere’s latest setback happened last Thursday against the Calgary Flames, when Danny pulled himself out of the line up late in the second period due to pain and weakness in his legs.
Coach John Stevens was impressed with the way Daniel Carcillo has handled himself with the Flyers thus far. Carcillo, traded from Phoenix in exchange for Scottie Upshall, scored an assist on Joffrey Lupul’s second goal of the game in the Flyers’ 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. It was his first point with the Flyers. He also got the team going with a big hit and fight early in the game, cementing his position with the orange and black.
Saturday night’s 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators was the exact type of performance the Flyers need in order to be successful during the final stretch of the season and into the playoffs And it all boiled down to getting above average goaltending.
Philadelphia fans had next to nothing to cheer about during Thursday’s embarrassing 5-1 home loss to the Calgary Flames. But as the disgruntled group sat stagnant in disbelief between the second and third period, exiled fan favorite Scottie Upshall still managed to bring the half-filled Wachovia Center crowd to its feet.
Tim Pannaccio from hockeybuzz.com is reporting that Danny Briere’s injury is not a reaggrevation of his groin, but scar tissue from the surgery breaking up. He will miss Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators but should return after that.
Contrary to speculation, not Jared Ross but Andreas Nodl will make his return to the Flyers. He will play on the fourth line with Riley Cote and Darroll Powe, while Arron Asham will move to the third line with Daniel Carcillo and Claude Giroux. Nodl has one goal and three assists in 29 games for the Flyers this season.
The deadline acquisition of veteran defenseman Kyle McLaren was voided today by the Flyers. McLaren, who is 31, did not pass the physical needed to finalize the move.
Prior to the trade deadline, the Flyers were forced to begrudgingly move three players and a draft pick so that Danny Briere, who was returning from a stomach/groin injury after playing only nine games, would fit under the cap. But after all the meticulous accounting work and break ups with committed players, Briere’s influence was short lived, as General Manager Paul Holmgren announced to the media that Briere had indeed re-injured his groin, Thursday in the Flyers’ 5-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. Briere’s injury comes after only three games since his return, in which he had no points and was a minus-2.
From his first shift on, Briere looked slow and out of sorts. He wasn’t working for pucks and was quick to change on a shift. He did play power play time, but eventually left the ice between the second and third period and didn’t return. It is not known whether the injury is just a tweak or something that will keep him out until the playoffs. The early report is that Briere needed a blood bubble to be removed from the area.
As questions begin to pour in over the trade sending fan-favorite Scottie Upshall to the Phoenix Coyotes for pugnacious left wing Daniel Carcillo, General Manager Paul Holmgren did his best to explain the move, that on paper, seems like trading skill and speed for toughness and not much else.