The goaltending position has always been a sore spot for the Philadelphia Flyers. Their track record with goalies is terrible and there have only been a handful of goalies (if that) that have made a significant impact in Philadelphia Flyers history.
As we exit the NHL Regular Season and enter into the playoffs, the Flyers have a lot of question marks going forward. On the flip side, they also have some things in their favor as well heading into Thursday night’s bout with New York at MSG. Let’s look at the series as a whole.
Series Schedule- Date/Location/Time/Channel (all times EST)
04/17- @ New York- 07:00 PM- CSN
04/20- @ New York- 12:00 PM- NBC
04/22- @ Philly- 08:00 PM- CSN
04/25- @ Philly- 07:00 PM- CSN
04/27- @ New York- 12:00 PM- NBC (if necessary)
04/29- @ Philly- TBA- CSN (if necessary)
04/30- @ New York- TBA- CSN (if necessary)
Despite posting a winning record (23-22-3), last season (2012-13) was one to forget for Philadelphia in the lockout-shortened season; as they missed the postseason for just the second time in the span of the past 16 seasons. Interim head coach Craig Berube has to feel good about that, as well as his club’s overall improvement(s) within this season as well; as they began the season at just 0-3, and were just 3-8 one month in. Since November 1st, Philly’s gone 39-22-10.
Alain Vigneault is in his first year as Rangers’ head coach, having previously coached two Canadian NHL teams in Vancouver (2006-2013) and Montreal (1997-2001). Vigneault has had success as coach, not just in the regular season either, as he took the 2011 Canucks three years ago to the Finals; before eventually bowing to Boston.
If you’re a hardcore fan of the National Football League, there is perhaps no more-anticipated out-of-season day than Day One of the draft. Who will go No. 1? How many trades will be made? (Will the Eagles take a wide receiver with their Round One pick?)
Well, we’ll have to wait until May 8 for those answers in the real world, but in the meantime we have the new movie “Draft Day,” directed by Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “Meatballs,” “Stripes,” “Dave”), about a pro football executive in crisis mode on the big day. That executive is Sonny Weaver Jr., fictional general manager of the long-suffering Cleveland Browns, son of Browns recently deceased former coach Sonny Weaver Sr., whom – it turns out – Junior had fired. Yes, he fired his father!
The Browns GM is played by Kevin Costner, who – with this football flick – checks off another sport in his filmography, which already included baseball (“Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” “For Love of the Game”), bike racing (“American Flyers”), golf (“Tin Cup”) and, of course, dancing with wolves! Read the rest of this entry »
How about that game last night, the Phillies were looking good , then blah. It’s okay, we have a strong, healthy team, and the season just started. There are many more games to come. I am very excited to be your Babe of the Year 2014. I can’t wait to go to games and meet you guys. My page will be up soon. I will be on TSP Radio this Wednesday at 12:30pm, please listen in! Go Phillies!!
Today I’ll compare arguably the two best left-handed pitchers of all-time in Major League history, and two of the best pitchers in general. First, I’ll list their career stats, in comparison, before I delve into specifics.
Carlton- 329-244 (.574%), 3.22 ERA, 4136 Ks, 5217.2 IP, 1833 BBs, 709 GS, 1.247 WHIP, 8.1 H/9, 0.7 HR/9, 3.2 BB/9, 7.1 K/9, 2.26 SO/BB
Johnson- 303- 166 (.646%), 3.29 ERA, 4875 Ks, 4135.1 IP, 1497 BBs, 603 GS, 1.171 WHIP, 7.3 H/9, 0.9 HR/9, 3.3 BB/9, 10.6 K/9, 3.26 SO/BB
Excluding wins, losses, and winning percentage; because I feel wins don’t represent how good/bad a pitcher was, because baseball’s a team sport; based on the stats above, they’re even at six apiece. If you take away/exclude totals, and base the comparison on averages, Johnson wins slightly 4-3 (WHIP, H/9, K/9, and SO/BB ratio).
Carlton pitched for 24 years; 15 of which were with Philadelphia, while Johnson pitched for 22. Since Johnson was traded mid-season twice, he played both 12 seasons in the AL and NL in his career, while Carlton pitched primarily in the National League with Philly and St. Louis.
Date/Time/Channel- 04/08- 07:30 PM EST- CSN Philly
Site: BB&T Center
Head-to-Head Match-up- Season Series Tied 1-1. Florida beat Philadelphia at home on November 25th 3-1, while at home Philly won 2-1; four games in
Starting Goalies- Steve Mason (Philadelphia)- 32-18-7, 2.52 GAA, .916%, 4 SO
Roberto Luongo (Florida)- 5-6-1, 2.45 GAA, .923%, 1 SO
|43||Marc-Andre Bourdon||Sep 11||Injured Reserve||Post-concussion syndrome|
|9||Steve Downie||Mar 23||Day-to-Day||Upper-body injury|
|20||Chris Pronger||Sep 11||Injured Reserve||Post-concussion syndrome|
-Not including forward Zac Rinaldo, who’s currently suspended for four games, and defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who’s a healthy scratch
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This week we will have a fighter, Brett Martinez, he will be on the show talking about the XFE fights and his fight coming up this weekend at the Sands. Friday Night is the Queens of the Ring and the Men fight on Saturday. Some great cards here, so get your tickets!
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