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The Flyers' captain doesn't have a point in the team's first four games.
The Flyers' captain doesn't have a point in the team's first four games.
about 3 hours ago
Getty Images By Rich Miller (@pensbender) Marc-Andre Fleury has redefined what it means to be a successful goalie in the NHL. At age 28, he is the holder of every significant record in Penguins history including most wins and shutouts.  ...
Getty Images By Rich Miller (@pensbender) Marc-Andre Fleury has redefined what it means to be a successful goalie in the NHL. At age 28, he is the holder of every significant record in Penguins history including most wins and shutouts.  Over the past four seasons no other goaltender in the league has won more games.  His name is on the Stanley Cup. But thanks to failures in the postseason, no other goalie in the league is more scrutinized.  At best, he’s been labeled an average regular season goalie with an above average salary.  In ESPN’s yearly ranking of the 25 top goalies around the league, Fleury wasn’t even mentioned. After Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma endorsed Fleury as his starting goaltender this past offseason, it became clear that this season would inevitably prove to be the most pivotal in his career.  With only one year remaining on a contract that pays him $5 million annually and a host of young goaltenders in the system, it seems unlikely the Penguins would bring Fleury back after another disappointing campaign. The popular opinion has been that nothing Fleury accomplishes this regular season is of relative significance; what really matters is the playoffs.  But after allowing only three goals in the first three games played this young season, it would appear that not only is Fleury back, he’s better than ever. It isn’t so much the results and statistics that are significant, it’s the way Fleury has looked in the process.  Mentally, he’s looked composed and confident in his approach, but he has also made some very visible physical changes to his game as well.  He’s less active in net while playing noticeably deeper.  He’s also squaring himself to the shooter and relying more on his side-to-side athleticism, as opposed to reading and preparing for possible cross-passes.  So far, this change has seemed to also help with his rebound control. Penguins management is doing their part to assist with a Fleury bounce back through some changes of their own. Renowned as one of the best defensive minds in the game, Jacques Martin was brought in to add new wrinkles to a Bylsma system that has never struggled with scoring goals.  So far, the changes have been clearly visible.  The Penguins have taken a much more conservative approach, positioning the F3 forward slightly higher in their offensive zone and decreasing the gap between their defenseman and the oppositions rush.  They have also at times employed variations of the trap, making it much more difficult to pass through their neutral zone with speed.  The additions of defensive minded defensemen Rob Scuderi and Robert Bortuzzo to the lineup hasn’t hurt either. Another sign of support came when the team did not make a move. When news broke that Tomas Vokoun would miss 3-6 months after multiple surgeries to correct a blood clot issue, the Penguins didn’t panic.  Even after Fleury’s below average preseason they chose to push forward with what they had.  Jeff Zatkoff does deserve a chance to prove himself at the NHL level, but more often than not he will spend most nights on the bench.  Though Zatkoff is replacing Vokoun, this decision had more to do with Fleury and the workload he is capable of carrying.  There are multiple competent veteran free agent goaltenders still available; by not making a move management has sent a clear message that they have faith in their starting goaltender. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where anything positive could come from the loss of Tomas Vokoun.  A professional in every sense of the word and a respected leader inside the Penguins locker room, simply replacing what Vokoun means to this team off the ice is impossible.  However if there is a silver lining, it is that Fleury now has the opportunity in front of him to take on a leadership role. Dating back to the days of Ty Conklin and Brent Johnson, Fleury has always had a veteran leader behind him the team could fall back on.  Now, if the Penguins are going to win
about 3 hours ago
Flyers head coach Craig Berube talks about the team's 2-1 win over Florida.
Flyers head coach Craig Berube talks about the team's 2-1 win over Florida.
about 4 hours ago
*It may not have been pretty but the Flyers won their first game of the season! Hooray! And it was on the back of Steve Mason, so remember how everyone was like "we need a goalie who can steal a game etc."? Wish: granted. Recaps from BSH...
*It may not have been pretty but the Flyers won their first game of the season! Hooray! And it was on the back of Steve Mason, so remember how everyone was like "we need a goalie who can steal a game etc."? Wish: granted. Recaps from BSH, CSN, Philly.com, and NHL.com. *Craig Berube didn't wait long to change things up, as his first practice yesterday featured new lines and defensive pairings. (Philly.com) *Is it possible that Craig Berube will bring the "fresh perspective" the Flyers need? (BSH) *On Ed Snider and the spoils of success and Ed Snider being Ed Snider on Canadian radio. *Coach Berube is going to emphasize accountability with his players going forward and will draw from his time playing under Darryl Sutter as he shapes the team. *So what's up with the random criticism of Luke Schenn by "anonymous source"? (BSH) *Let's look at why Peter Laviolette was fired so quickly and whether Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn played a role in his firing. *Speaking of Schenn, BSHer Dangler9 takes the time to examine his performance pretty closely. (BSH) *Any other NHL coaches in imminent dangers of losing their jobs? And what of all these dangling questions remaining after the Lavi firing? *Checking in with the Phantoms via their die-hard fans in Glens Falls. (Flyers Faithful) *Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli sat down with Jason Bourne for a podcast in which he tackles all the news that's fit to print and has no place on twitter. (Backhand Shelf) *The Canadian Prime Minister seems to think hockey is too violent. (TSN) *BSHer PierceC is tracking zone exits; check out the data from the Flyers' opening game here. *30 Thoughts, including some on those pesky spin-o-ramas players insist on doing. (CBC) *And finally, a bit of humor gets injected into this coaching fiasco by our friends at Lighthouse Hockey. (LH)
about 7 hours ago
Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images O’Connor’s Observations The Flyers’ 5v5 shooting percentage wasn’t going stay below 5.0% forever, and the first period was a classic example of regression. Both Philade...
Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images O’Connor’s Observations The Flyers’ 5v5 shooting percentage wasn’t going stay below 5.0% forever, and the first period was a classic example of regression. Both Philadelphia goals were fluky, as Brayden Schenn took advantage of a fortuitous bounce off the boards to score his second of the year, and Braydon Coburn added his first of the season due to a Tim Thomas injury. From there, the Flyers leaned on Steve Mason, who delivered his best game by far of the young season. Stellar positioning and top-notch rebound control were the highlights of his game tonight. Aside from the early weak goal in Carolina, Mason has looked exactly like the goaltender that finished last season with a 0.944 save percentage in the Orange and Black. One game was not going to be nearly enough time to fix the Flyers’ issues with the breakout and forecheck, but there were a few noticeable changes. The Flyers attempted more long stretch passes and cross-ice passes tonight than in any other game this season, and less-than-fleet defensemen like Luke Schenn and Nicklas Grossmann seemed to be emphasizing whatever speed they could muster in moving the puck out of their own end. Still, Philadelphia was shut down offensively following the early goals, and much of their struggles could be attributed to their usual inability to exit their own end cleanly. Improving in this area will be a process, and it remains to be seen if Berube can provide the long-term solution to this problem given the current roster. Claude Giroux had what can be best described as a high-effort, low-impact game. The captain was all over the ice, which resulted in some great shifts, but also turnovers, poor positioning and no points. Craig Berube described Giroux’s issue as “trying a little bit too hard,” which sums it up perfectly. Giroux is at his worst when he lets his emotions get the best of him, which is exactly what is happening right now as he seemingly tries to will the Flyers out of their early season doldrums on every shift. Jay Rosehill continued to give more ammunition to critics who believe that his presence on the roster is unnecessary at best, and detrimental at worst. After taking a minor penalty, he jumped out of the penalty box during the same stoppage to join a scrum at center ice, drawing yet another minor penalty and a ten minute misconduct. Kris Newbury was decent in limited minutes against Carolina, and will likely replace Rosehill yet again on Friday against Phoenix. Philadelphia Flyers Three Questions (And Answers) 1) In Berube’s first game as coach, are there any obvious changes to the nature of the Flyers’ breakout or their forecheck? Slight tweaks, but no major shifts, as to be expected. A very strong forecheck at the end of the third period did prevent the Panthers from pulling Jacob Markstrom for an extra attacker and essentially clinched the win, but its appearance was an anomaly rather than a trend. Any major changes that Berube brings to the table will take weeks, if not months, to reveal themselves. 2) Do the new line combinations/defensive pairing stick through the game, or does Berube continue to mix and match as the game progresses? Berube mostly stuck with his new combinations. Zac Rinaldo saw some time with the Couturier line, and the defensive pairings were jumbled on occasion, but overall, Berube set his lines and let them roll. The next few weeks will likely be an information-gathering period for the new coach, and he was careful not to tinker too much in his first game. 3) Mason gets his 3rd start of the season, the first hint that he may have a leg up on Emery as the #1. Does he deliver another solid game? Not only did he deliver another solid game, Mason came through with his best performance of the season, stealing the Flyers a win despite the team being outplayed for long stretches of time. It remains early in the year, and gloss
about 13 hours ago
Photo: The Philadelphia Flyers are less than an hour away from puck drop with the Florida Panthers. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams and the only one that will be played in Philadelphia. Tonight will be differe...
Photo: The Philadelphia Flyers are less than an hour away from puck drop with the Florida Panthers. This is the first of three meetings between the two teams and the only one that will be played in Philadelphia. Tonight will be different as Craig Berube makes his coaching debut for the orange and black. The Flyers […]Flyers, Panthers Preview - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More Read the rest here: Broad Street Buzz
about 13 hours ago
Craig Berube is undefeated as an NHL head coach, the power play is perhaps the Flyers biggest worry and Steve Mason really does look like Stevezina. I'm not sure what weird world we're living in, but it's not so bad considering the Flye...
Craig Berube is undefeated as an NHL head coach, the power play is perhaps the Flyers biggest worry and Steve Mason really does look like Stevezina. I'm not sure what weird world we're living in, but it's not so bad considering the Flyers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers tonight, their first win of the season and a big boost of confidence after firing Peter Laviolette. Let's talk about the good things: For starters, was Mason good tonight or what? I can think of at least five big saves that he made that he really should not have made, and they all kept the Flyers in the game at various points in the game. Aside from the goaltending, the penalty kill was very solid and eliminated a dangerous four-minute-long 5-on-4 Panthers power play early in the third. It all came about when Jay Rosehill went after somebody during one of his eight shifts on the night. He ended up with 14 total penalty minutes and kept the Flyers PKers out on the ice for four straight minutes in a one-goal game, but luckily they were up to the task. Stats and stuff: Boxscore | Event summary Ice time: Flyers | Panthers Shots: Differential | Full report Detailed game report | Faceoffs Game discussion thread Wayne Simmonds did well in his bump to the first line. He finished with a negative shot differential and he didn't have any shots that hit the net, but he had a lot of energy and he and Hartnell brought a nice element with Giroux. Simmonds was probably the most noticeable Flyers forward tonight, and that's a good thing. Also really liked what I saw from the third line. They were very strong, probably the Flyers best three-man unit tonight. Overall, the Flyers looked much more energetic and much smoother at even strength, and the transition game was a whole lot cleaner than it was in the first few games. Good things to see. Okay, now let's kill the buzz a bit. The Flyers did barely squeak out a win against what might be the worst team in hockey, and they did it on two goals against a clearly awful Tim Thomas. (Thomas left the game after this hilarious goal in the first period, which made it 2-0.) Without Mason's play, Florida would have won this game. No way around that fact. The power play was really bad again. A foolish Erik Gudbranson hit in the third gave the Flyers a full five minute power play and they didn't generate much sustained pressure at all with the man advantage. Overall the power play went 0-5 in 13 total minutes of 5-on-4 play, and they only generated eight total shots on goal in those 13 minutes. Both units look like shit and it needs to be better. Defensively, we might see Berube tinker with the pairings before Friday's game against Phoenix. The pairing of Kimmo Timonen and Luke Schenn was downright brutal tonight, with each player finishing minus-6 and minus-8 in shot differential respectively. The other two pairings -- Andrej Meszaros (who led the team in ice time tonight?) with Mark Streit and Braydon Coburn with Nicklas Grossmann -- were better, but that supposed "top" pairing of Kimmo and Schenn needs to be better. Overall, the defensive zone coverage still isn't great and the Flyers are giving up a lot of prime scoring chances. There's still work to be done, but everything did see a bit calmer and a bit less Benny Hill tonight. It was a win, and Jacob Markstrom also played well in goal after Thomas left, which didn't help as the Flyers tried to pad their lead throughout. We'll happily take the progress and move ahead to Phoenix on Friday. Questions with Answers 1. What changes are evident under new coach Craig Berube? Not too much tonight. I'm sure we'll see more in future games, but it's hard to see obvious changes in just one game. 2. How does Simmonds look on the top line? See above. I thought he looked very good. 3. Tim Thomas .... uh, what's he look like? You could say he was .... shutdown. 4. First win of the season?! YOU KNOW IT Comment of the Night I knew Tim Thomas leaned well to the
about 15 hours ago
Photo: Newly minted head coach Craig Berube said there were a few things that he didn’t like in the first three games of the season that lead to Peter Laviolette‘s firing and has decided to start his tenure off with a bang ...
Photo: Newly minted head coach Craig Berube said there were a few things that he didn’t like in the first three games of the season that lead to Peter Laviolette‘s firing and has decided to start his tenure off with a bang by shuffling up the lines. On the defensive end, the lines were moved back […]Berube Juggles Lines In First Practice As Head Coach - Broad Street Buzz - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More Continued here: Broad Street Buzz
about 18 hours ago
Reaction from Flyers at Skate Zone today to Peter Laviolette's firing and the hiring of Craig Berube: Claude Giroux: "That was a tough day yesterday. I was with Lavy for a while. To see him leave is a little sad. Itâ??s the business part...
Reaction from Flyers at Skate Zone today to Peter Laviolette's firing and the hiring of Craig Berube: Claude Giroux: "That was a tough day yesterday. I was with Lavy for a while. To see him leave is a little sad. Itâ??s the business part of it and we need to understand that. Having Chief coming in is going to have a different mindset. We only have today to work on some stuff. Guys are pret Originally posted here: Tim Panaccio
about 18 hours ago
Was told by source #Penguins James Neal's injury is something similar to strained oblique. Suffered it when Pens played whiffle ball on ice. — David Todd (@DavidMTodd) October 8, 2013 Just heard from someone else that Nea...
Was told by source #Penguins James Neal's injury is something similar to strained oblique. Suffered it when Pens played whiffle ball on ice. — David Todd (@DavidMTodd) October 8, 2013 Just heard from someone else that Neal indeed hurt himself playing wiffle ball. — Sean Gentille (@seangentille) October 8, 2013 ... probably because he's good at swinging and missing. *obligatory note that this is just a joke and we don't wish injury on anybody, even if said person likes to head hunt the star player of their biggest rival* Okay, ruining the fun .... It wasn't whiffle ball. That is all. Back to reporting I go. #pens — Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) October 8, 2013 We'll see.
about 19 hours ago