Timonen not with Flyers; Gustafsson to fill in

When was the last time Erik Gustafsson played in a game for the Flyers? The answer: Feb. 27 – after the Olympic break – as the Flyers awaited Kimmo Timonen’s return from Sochi. That was 14 games ago. It now appears the 25-year-old defenseman will again replace Timonen on Tuesday night in St. Louis when the Flyers face the Blues. Timonen, who was struck by a puck on the chin...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

#AskSteezy, Volume 1: Defensemen, Facial Hair, and Vinny

At an in-between time for columns (winning streak over, losing streak not at a newsworthy level, and no glaring advanced statistic trends leaping off the screen at me), I decided to field questions this week and answer them in what will be the first of hopefully many #AskSteezy mailbags. Feel free to submit your questions for future editions to me on Twitter @GoingHard_inger and...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Putting On The Foil with @jsaquella: What’s up with Nicklas Grossmann? My Problem Ain’t The Math

Editors’ Note: Noted Philadelphia Flyers fan John Saquella is going beyond 140 characters. The man most of you probably know from social media as @jsaquella will bring you his wide-ranging opinion and commentary on the Orange and Black in his column Putting On The Foil. By John Saquella (@jsaquella) Getty Images I’ve been shredded for my “bias” against Nicklas Grossmann...
Via The Hockey Guys
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning After: Flyers on fire entering Olympic break

With a 4th straight win against the Flames, the Flyers matched their longest winning streak of the season The Flyers celebrate after Scott Hartnell scored the game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Flames. (Photo Courtesy of The Olympic break is a blessing and a curse for the Philadelphia Flyers. They spent the final few minutes of Saturday's 2-1 win...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Panaccio: Downie In, Vinny Moves Again

Some lineup changes for tonight's Flyers game as they host Detroit. Steve Downie is back in the lineup, while Andrej Meszaros remains out in favor of Erik Gustafsson. “I’m looking for him to be an intense hockey player,” coach Craig Berube said of Downie when I asked him this morning about the re-entry. “The Steve Downie that I know wins one-on-one...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Panaccio: Which Defensemen Gets Benched?

Flyers coach Craig Berube dropped a nugget at lunch today with the assembled media. He said he was contemplating putting Erik Gustafsson back in the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Boston Bruins. The hard-luck, young defenseman suffered a knee sprain last month in an awkward collision at Columbus against Corey Tropp. Although he's been healthy for a couple weeks...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Defense Rests: Flyers area of struggle easy to find

Luke Schenn has just three points and is a minus-3 in the last 16 games. (Photo by Amy Irvin/Flyers Faithful) When dealing with a scoring drought, the Flyers tried nearly everything to get their players going. That was evident when a slumping Vincent Lecavalier was moved to the second line with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, breaking up the hottest line the Flyers had in recent...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers' Gustafsson ready to return, but are Flyers ready for him?

Philadelphia Flyers' defenseman Erik Gustafsson feels that he is ready to return to the lineup after missing the last eight games with a sprained knee - but there's a problem.The Flyers are on a roll, winning seven of those eight matches, including steaks of four and their current streak of three straight, their only loss a hard-fought loss at Colorado last Thursday...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers Trade Targets: Under-the-Radar Defensemen

The Flyers biggest need is painfully obvious: mobility at the blue line.  While Braydon Coburn and Erik Gustafsson are good skaters, the rest of the Flyers defense corps consists of guys who are older (Timonen), slower (Schenn, Meszaros, Grossmann), or both old and slow (Hal Gill).  In a perfect world, the Flyers would be able […]The post Flyers Trade Targets: Under-the-Radar...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Flyers Gustafsson out 2 weeks

Philadelphia Flyers Erik Gustafsson will be out for approximately two weeks after spraining his left knee on Saturday during their 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. On Saturday night before suffering from the knee sprain in the third period, he played nineteen shifts averaging just under twelve minutes of ice time. So far this season Gustafsson has played twenty games for...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting On The Foil with @jsaquella: If you were the GM of the Flyers, what would you do to right the ship?

Editors’ Note: Noted Philadelphia Flyers fan John Saquella is going beyond 140 characters. The man most of you probably know from social media as @jsaquella will bring you his wide-ranging opinion and commentary on the Orange and Black in his column Putting On The Foil. By John Saquella (@jsaquella) Getty Images   If you were the GM of the Philadelphia Flyers, what would you...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Flyers’ Gustafsson out two weeks with knee sprain

Another day, another Philadelphia Flyers defenseman headed out of the lineup. The team announced defenseman Erik Gustafsson would miss the next two weeks with a knee sprain. GM Paul Holmgren said he was hurt in the third period of their 6-3 loss at Columbus on Saturday. Gustafsson has two goals and five assists this season in 20 games and has averaged nearly 17 minutes of ice time per game.
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Gustafsson out 2 weeks with knee sprain

Erik Gustafsson scored his second goal of the season on Thursday in the Flyers comeback win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Canada)   The 6-3 loss for the Philadelphia Flyers against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday didn't come without a further loss. On Thursday night, Erik Gustafsson played an integral part to the Flyers third-period...
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December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting On The Foil with @jsaquella: Even Handed

Editors’ Note: Noted Philadelphia Flyers fan John Saquella is going beyond 140 characters. The man most of you probably know from social media as @jsaquella will bring you his wide-ranging opinion and commentary on the Orange and Black in his column Putting On The Foil. By John Saquella (@jsaquella) Getty Images The Flyers are on a roll, thanks in large part to new coach Craig...
Via The Hockey Guys
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Final Observations: Philadelphia Flyers 4, Buffalo Sabres 1

Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images O’Connor’s Observations Think back to the November 1st game against the Washington Capitals. The Flyers had put together a relatively strong first period and while not dominating, were certainly outplaying the Capitals. But a late first period goal by Nicklas Backstrom sent Philadelphia into a tailspin, and the game eventually ended...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting On The Foil with @jsaquella: Baby Steps Towards The Future or Blow It Up?

Editors’ Note: Noted Philadelphia Flyers fan John Saquella is going beyond 140 characters. The man most of you probably know from social media as @jsaquella will bring you his wide-ranging opinion and commentary on the Orange and Black in his column Putting On The Foil. By John Saquella (@jsaquella) Getty Images The dawn must be coming on fast, because it’s really a dark time...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Coming home again, Flyers host Canucks

Claude Giroux scored in the Flyers last meeting with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, a 5-4 Flyers win. It has been a week since the Flyers made a coaching change and picked up their first win of the season. They also lost both games in back-to-back games over the weekend. Following losses to the Western Conference's Phoenix Coyotes and former West foe Detroit Red Wings, another...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Net October 15, 2013:Flyers-Canucks preview,more

Welcome to Around the Net, a weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Stay off the bus, Gus Erik Gustafsson looking to make his mark: [ Carchidi] Injury bug Scott Hartnell  and Vincent Lecavalier are both hurt and will be out at least a week: [Broad Street Hockey] [The Checking Line] Flyers-Canucks preview Bill Meltzer...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Canucks-Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers' problems have persisted under interim coach Craig Berube, and a good portion of them have been self-inflicted. They'll look to play a more disciplined contest Tuesday night when they host the Vancouver Canucks, who are dealing with their own issues of late. Philadelphia fired Peter Laviolette on Oct. 7 after an 0-3-0 start, and Berube won his head...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Looking for Payback in Early Match

Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins Venue: TD Garden, Boston MA Time: 1:00 PM Broadcast: Detroit: FSDetroit, Boston: NESN After a disappointing performance Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Detroit Red Wings (3-2-0, T-2nd Atlantic Division), looked to bounce back and show that sometimes too much time off can be more harmful than advantageous. While they looked...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit’s power play hurts Flyers, Philly loses 5-2

The Philadelphia Flyers lost for the fifth time this season tonight in Detroit, as they lost to the Red Wings by the count of 5-2. Niklas Kronwall has a goal and two assists, while Daniel Alfredsson had three helpers in a win for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 32 shots for the win, while his team produced three goals on the power play. Ray Emery had 25 stops for the visitors, while...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Erik Gustafsson vs. Hal Gill: Battle of Seventh Defensemen

By Pat White (@patwhite9126) Getty Images Going into the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, it was pretty easy to gauge what the Philadelphia Flyers had on defense. And it really wasn’t a lot. Head Coach Peter Laviolette trotted out 13 different defensemen throughout an injury-plagued season on the backline. Luke Schenn (47 games) and Kimmo Timonen (45 games) were the only two Flyers...
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October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Seven or Eight D?, Quick Hits

SHOULD FLYERS CARRY EIGHT DEFENSEMEN THIS SEASON? The Philadelphia Flyers currently have the NHL's most expensive defense corps. Entering the 2013-14 season, the team's top seven defensemen -- Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn, Mark Streit, Nicklas Grossmann, Andrej Meszaros and Erik Gustafsson -- eat up a combined 43 percent ($27.85 million) of the NHL maximum...
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Kimmo Timonen takes Breaking Bad too seriously

(Warning: There are some spoilerish things about Breaking Bad below) KIMMO TIMONEN shows up to Flyers practice at the SKATE ZONE. He is sporting a new look with a goatee and pork pie hat. While skating around, he sees ERIK GUSTAFSSON block a shot. Kimmo skates over to Gus and uses his stick to tip him over.   KIMMO I am the one who blocks!   PAUL HOLMGREN calls Kimmo in to meet...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Sislo scores winner for Devils

Mike Sislo scored the winner at 7:34 of the third period in the New Jersey Devils' 2-1 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky opened the scoring at 6:37 of the first period, dancing around Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson and evading goalie Ray Emery before backhanding the puck in from behind the goal line. Sislo scored...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

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