Found March 23, 2013 on
The Philadelphia Flyers are not having a strong season. With 13 wins and 17 losses (one of which earned a regulation tie point), they are tied for the second last position in the East Conference. A big reason for their poor showing has been goaltending. The Philadelphia Flyers chose Ilya Bryzgalov to be their starter when they signed Bryzgalov and traded Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to make salary cap room. I criticized them at the time because they gave up a lot of present value to get a goalie who seemed chosen to win now.
Bryzgalov turns 33 early this summer. He is no longer performing at the level he performed at when he was in Phoenix. He is posing a 2.79 GAA and a .898 saves percentage. Those are lacklustre numbers. His back-up goaltending hasn't been any better. Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton have only appeared in five games between them and both have worse saves percentages than Bryzgalov.
Meanwhile the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in part bec...
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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
For the Flyers, a team fighting for its playoff lives, the good news is this: After Sunday, they play five straight games at the Wells Fargo Center.
The bad news: Including the one in Pittsburgh, they have eight more games on the road, where they are an unthinkable 4-12. That's the most road losses in the NHL.
(photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images) The Battle of Pennsylvania. The Keystone State Rivalry. Whatever you choose to call it, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are currently one of the apex rivalries in all of sports. On this Sunday night, the Flyers, coming off of an eight day break, and the Penguins, who [...]
12 wins in a row. 24 points. February 20th, the Flyers won that free-for-all 6-5 on CONSOL ice. The Pens haven't lost at home and have gone 14-2-0 overall since then.
Even with both Malkin and Letang creeping from the press box, the Pens have managed to get teams sucked into playing their game. The complete 180 on the blue line has been the main catalyst for...
Philadelphia Flyers (13-16-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (24-8-0)
ROOT, NBCSN, RDS, 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 11 games in a row. The Philadelphia Flyers have won 13 games period. The Flyers haven't had much success this season, so breaking the Penguins' winning streak would be huge for them. Expect...