Found December 08, 2011 on
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After the staged histrionics of the Flyers/Rangers feud this season, it's nice to have an authentic blood-rivalry over which to salivate. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers hate each other only slightly less than their fans hate each other, and the last several months have seen this hostility intensify like someone piloting the Exxon Valdez into the middle of a brush fire.
The Penguins enter Thursday night's battle in Philly with 36 points in 28 games, with the Flyers right behind them (35 points) with two games in-hand. When healthy, the Penguins are considered perhaps the best team in hockey; the Flyers believe the same applies to them.
Philly will be without Chris Pronger (again) and the Penguins will be without Sidney Crosby, who was scratched for the next two games vs. the Flyers and New York Islanders for precautionary reasons and a touch of the Orange Flu.
(Mike Colligan believes it may have been a David Krejci elbow that shelved Sid.)
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via the Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a statement concerning the injury status of defenseman Chris Pronger:
While Chris’ knee is improving, he has struggled with other issues that are concussion-like symptoms. Chris will see Dr. Joe Maroon and Dr. Mickey Collins on Wednesday, December 14th in Pittsburgh for further evaluation. Chris will be out...
It started out as a mysterious virus. That virus turned into a knee surgery somehow, and has now morphed into concussion-like symptoms. Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren announced today the the Flyers’ Captain, Chris Pronger, will be out of action indefinitely.
Chris Pronger has already been sidelined for the past couple weeks as he recovered from a knee surgery...
Who we'll hate, who to be scared of, and more.
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1. WHERE PHILLY SITS IN THE EAST
2. WHAT PREVIOUS OPPONENT FANBLOGS SAID:
Die By The Blade on Philly's 5-4 win over the Sabres:
The second period has haunted the Sabres all season and tonight was the same old story. The Flyers scored...
Sometimes, you can learn a lot by watching someone when they do not realize anyone's looking. Take Jaromir Jagr, for instance. The majority of Penguins fans might view the sure Hall of Fame right winger as a traitor and user who spurned a chance to prove that you can go home again and wrap yourself in the good graces of people who once greatly appreciated you.
Pens and Flyers for the first time this year. It's weird that these two teams played each other three times in October last season, but that they haven't met until now this year.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Penguins.NHL.com:
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Joe Vitale - Pascal...
Brooks Orpik, Penguins defenseman, spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and had some interesting things to say about Jaromir Jagr.
"With that guy, you never know," defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "With his personality, I wasn't shocked that he went to Philly."
What? Can someone please tell me what that means? Is that a shot at Philly or Jagr? Or both?
PHT: Danny Briere, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell each scored to lift Philadelphia to a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh.
Claude Giroux scored with 2:23 remaining in overtime to send Philadelphia past Buffalo, 5-4.
So what happened?
Crosby or no Crosby - the Pens have had two good indications over the past two games that they have some work to do if they want to be considered one of the top teams in the East.
The Pens started out well for the first few shifts, and then the wheels fell off of the wagon. By the time the wagon was repaired, the Pens were down 3-0 and had a hole to...
Danny Briere, Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell each scored to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's "NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman," Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider touched on a variety of topics including realignment, the current state of his team and his upcoming induction into the U.S...