Posts Tagged ‘NHL playoffs’

Flyers and the NHL Playoff Standings

March 22nd, 2018 by Leo | Comments Off on Flyers and the NHL Playoff Standings | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, NHL

Below is a listing of the NHL standings for the playoffs for the Eastern Conference as they currently stand.  The Philadelphia Flyers are in good position and are hoping to improve it before playoff time.


NHL Standings: Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (104 points, 44 ROW)

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Flyers Lose Coots for Series

April 16th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Flyers Lose Coots for Series | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America

When the Flyers clinched the final playoff spot just about a week ago, they knew that a tough assignment awaited them in the NHL-best Washington Capitals. Unfortunately, they didn’t realize that road would get tougher before the series even got into the full swing of things.

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Because It’s the Cup!

April 24th, 2015 by Joe Buscemi | Comments Off on Because It’s the Cup! | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Some call it Christmas, others call it the NHL playoffs. If you are a die-hard of a hockey fan, as I am then you understand just how awesome and intense playoff hockey is.

There really isn’t anything better, and this year it has lived up to all its hype.

Interesting stat, there was a seven team turnover from last year’s NHL Playoff’s (seven teams from last year did not qualify this year), the highest turnover rate in the history of the NHL. That speaks volumes of how much the game has changed, from a business/salary cap perspective, and also from the balance of talent surrounding the league.

As a Flyers fan it is obviously tough not watching them compete for the cup, however I have caught quite a few games and they are some of the most evenly matched and entertaining series’ I can remember. Old-time hockey seems to be making more of an appearance as the refs are letting the boys play and blowing the whistles less. Tons of hits, fights, highly electric offensive displays, stellar goaltending performances, and a series that shockingly ended in a sweep.

The highly talented Anaheim Ducks spoiled the Jets first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg back in 2011. The original franchise was last seen in the playoffs 19 years ago. That was a tough one for die-hard Jets fans to swallow.

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Sunday Night Hockey

May 14th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Sunday Night Hockey | Filed in Flyers, Hockey

The attraction known as the NHL Winter Classic will be coming to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on January 2nd. The Winter Classic has become the premier event for the regular season of the NHL. This is only part of the reason why the NHL is on the upswing in terms of popularity and ratings. This year’s playoffs are up 12% from last year because of the close intense play that has taken place throughout. The next step that the NHL needs to make in order to become relevant is to have a nationally televised game that takes place at night, on NBC.

I have had this idea for about a year now and game 7 between the Sharks and Red Wings made me realize that this idea would most certainly work.

NBC has done a fantastic job with the Sunday night game for the NFL. The ratings last year were through the roof, having a nationally televised game in prime time helped reach a bigger audience, which is exactly what the NHL has to do if they want to expand their product.

After the NFL wraps up the playoffs there is a gaping hole of programming on Sunday nights, which usually gets filled up with Dateline and then a new show at 10 o’ clock which seems to only last a season, The Cape was the victim of that time slot last year. Instead of putting in millions of dollars to come up with a new concept for a television show, less money could be put into sending out the production team to film a game.

The schedule for the NHL would have to change a little bit, there couldn’t be any other games played on Sunday night, which would mean that all of the Sunday games come late February would be played during the day. This would allow NBC to create a show similar to Hockey night in Canada and Football Night in America.

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Flyers 2010-2011 year in review

May 9th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Flyers 2010-2011 year in review | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, TalkSportsPhilly

To begin I just want to apologize to the readers out there, I haven’t wrote a column in a couple of  days. I’m a senior at Rutgers University and have been loaded with work during finals, but  thankfully they are over

There was so much optimism going into this season. In the 2009-10 playoffs the Flyers gelled  together and made one of the most historic runs to the Stanley Cup finals in the history of the  NHL. The regular season was a big improvement from last year. This team looked prime to make  the run all the way back to the finals and obtain the elusive championship that has haunted this  franchise for decades. That’s when things began to turn south. The Flyers took their foot off of the  pedal, not because they got tired of going 100 mph, it was because the bus ran out of gas.  Remember it’s not how you start, but how you finish.

First it seemed as if the team was just bored. They took the lead in the Eastern conference on January 4th and had it all the way until the beginning of April. The Capitals swooped in and took the number 1 seed in the east. Then it happened. In game three against the Sabres it was a realization that this team was going to have to play much better than they had to even beat an up and coming Buffalo team, much less to make a run to the finals. It was understandable to get shut out in one game against Ryan Miller, he is an all world goaltender, but there is no excuse to get shut out twice by him.

The savior then returned, he also goes by the name Chris Pronger. Once he returned the power play got back up to speed and the Flyers ended that series with a dramatic game 6 comeback and a beat down in game 7. It was then that it seemed that the Flyers were back on track. Then it happened.

Boston had been waiting all year for another shot at the Flyers. In every sport that has a playoff system with series there was the graphic that was shown for teams that have come back from a 3-0 deficit, for a year the Bruin players had to stare at the screen and see the 2010 Flyers underneath the NHL column. They played such inspired hockey that the Flyers did not have a chance to catch their breath. The series was over when David Krejci blasted that one timer by Boucher in the overtime of game 2. They desperatly needed that win, but the Bruins were determined to destroy the Flyers championship hopes.  You can play the what if game with Chris Pronger. If he was in that series may have been completely different, but I don’t think that Boston would have been beat. Whatever the case it sends the Flyers into the off season with many more question marks.

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Thoughts after period 2 of Flyers-Bruins game 4

May 6th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Thoughts after period 2 of Flyers-Bruins game 4 | Filed in Baseball, Flyers, Hockey, Phillies

– I forgot that VS. was going to put the game on after the Red-Wings-San Jose game, because the coverage on Hockey Night in Canada has been fantastic. The color from Garry Galley and play-by-play of Dean Brown has made the game seem so epic.

– Bobrovsky looked fantastic that period. He is the main reason why the score is tied.

-Great job by Versteeg, he has played awful this series, but finally showed why the Flyers traded for him. He can make plays, finally made a good decision to wait shooting on Tim Thomas. Nice pass by Richards to set it up.

-Hartnell has had a rough game, but made a good decision on drawing that 4 on 4. The Flyers skate much better in the open ice.

-It would be a perfect time for JVR to step up. He has played fantastic this series and this would be the perfect time to step up when the captain is starting to play like one, he made a great pass to set up Versteeg.

-Tough loss for Cliff Lee. Hard to believe but he got out dueled by Derek Lowe.  16 k’s is hard to beat, but the offense worries me.

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Looking Ahead to Game 4

May 6th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

As hard as it is to believe this could be the last night that the public tunes in to watch Philadelphia Flyers hockey. It is hard to believe when any season ends for a team that you root for. You just don’t understand why everything didn’t fall into place, why the other team caught the breaks that they needed to move on. To make matters worse if the Flyers lose tonight they will have gone out like a lamb. They have played uninspired hockey in two out of the three games so far in this series. Make no mistake though, this is a Flyers team that was hard to stop at times during the season, they have the talent to come back in this series, using those talents correctly is a different story.

This isn’t just on the Flyers though, Boston has stepped up to the occasion, they came ready to play, minus the first 5 minutes of game 2. They have been much more physical, if you don’t believe me, go back an watch any part of game 3, especially when Kris Versteeg was on the ice. The Flyers have to try and stay one step ahead of the Bruins tonight. When they are going for the big hit, slide out of the way, similar to what Mike Richards did to Adam McQuaid in game 2. The worst thing that could happen tonight is to see a repeat of game 3 in the physical department.

Sergei Bobrovsky should start in net tonight. He had problems stopping the puck in game 1, but that was more so to do with the fact that the Flyers just couldn’t stop the Bruins at all that game. He looked fantastic for the 6 and a half minutes he played in game 2 and only got burned by Chara on a shot that no goaltender in the league could stop. It is not just his responsibility though, the team in front of him has to play better.

With Chris Pronger likely out, the defense has to be smart. They have to pick when to be aggressive, in order to turn the tide of the series the Flyers have to try and put the Bruins on their heels.

Perhaps most importantly the Flyers have to be patient when they get the puck around Tim Thomas. Too many times Zherdev, Giroux, or any one else on the offensive attack will fire a shot at Thomas when he is way out of the net. You have to make him have the sense that he is out on an island away from the net. He will begin to over think and then you can take advantage of him. The Flyers have to look for that extra pass, if they do it will lead to a wide open net.

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