Postgame Perspective: Lightning out-pace Flyers as streak ends

The Flyers got the all-important first goal that dictated results of late, and did hold the lead after the first period. But something about the first period didn't add up. The Flyers led, but were massively out-played by the East-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning turned things on in the second and scored two quick goals that proved to be the difference in a 3-1 Flyers...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Stamkos and company extend winning streak over Philadelphia

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, and Valtteri Filppula each scored. Ryan Callahan grabbed a pair of assists and Tampa Bay continued their mastery over the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The first period started out with both teams having some good chances. Tampa hit two posts and Nick Schultz made...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

By The Numbers: Special teams play sparks team victory.

The Flyers played a defensively sound game tonight. They limited the Devils chances and made the most of theirs. There was just one goal scored at 5v5 play in this goalfest, allowing for the special teams play and goaltending to lead the way to victory. Overall The Flyers controlled play during the first period with a shorthanded goal and an even strength goal from the duo...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning After: Jaws takes life from Flyers

Tuesday night's game against the Sharks had two different feels. On one hand, the Flyers were playing their best game in recent memory. And they were buzzing toward the end of regulation. As overtime neared, visions of the Flyers win against Los Angeles in late October were in mind. The Flyers just needed the finish, and with sustained pressure, it could be done. On the other hand...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning After: Flyers rusty in return from break

Five days off on the schedule helped end a five-game home winning streak for the Flyers. But the break was hardly a reason for the Flyers sluggish effort against a reeling Blue Jackets team. Columbus entered Friday night's game on a nine-game losing streak - 0-8-1 in their last nine games - and stunned the Flyers with a 4-3 win. It was a game the Flyers could have won, but didn...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning After: Defense faces tough challenge without Coburn

There are times where Braydon Coburn looks totally out of place in the Flyers defensive system. I even criticized his positioning on the Bruins first goal on Wednesday night. But it is games like the Flyers home opener on Thursday, a 6-4 loss to the Devils, where his absence proves costly. Less of Coburn means more of Luke Schenn and Michael Del Zotto, a pairing that is bound to...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014-15 Columbus Blue Jackets Preview: Expectations High After 2013-14 Playoff Appearance

The Columbus Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the second time in franchise history last season and took the Metropolitan Division champion Pittsburgh Penguins to six games before being eliminated in Round 1. It was a season of growth and experience for a young Blue Jackets team full of talented young players at each position. With the division wide open and several of the Blue...
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Philadelphia Flyers

Last year: 42-30-10, third in the division. Lost to the Rangers in the first round Key additions:  R.J. Umberger, Nick Schultz Key subtractions: Scott Hartnell, Adam Hall (likely) Franchise direction: I didn’t quite know what to think when Ron Hextall replaced Paul Holmgren, but so far the new general manager has demonstrated restraint uncharacteristic of […] The post Checking...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackets deal Nikitin for fifth-round pick

The Blue Jackets have sent defenseman Nikita Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft, the team announced Wednesday. It's a reacquisition of the pick the Jackets traded to Edmonton in exchange for defenseman Nick Schultz in March. The 28-year-old Nikitin had two goals and 13 assists in 66 games with Columbus last season. Nikitin had been with Columbus...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets expecting push from 'desperate' Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Ahead of Game 5 tonight at Consol Energy Center, the Blue Jackets are expecting to see some pushback as the Penguins look to assert themselves in their barn. Columbus is relaxed, yet focused, as they get set to face a desperate team in Pittsburgh. "It's a 2-2 series," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards, "and this game is the next most important game. I expect them...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Deadline acquisition Schultz hoping to help Blue Jackets extend season

This wasn't the first time for Nick Schultz, but it was different. The Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman, acquired at the trade deadline from Edmonton, has been through this once before in his career. It was just two years ago, when he was moved to the Oilers, from Minnesota. "I think when I got traded from Minnesota to Edmonton it was a shock. I wasn't really expecting it," Schultz...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Before the CBJ puck drops: Dallas Stars

GAME 65: Dallas Stars   31-23-10 -- 5th place in the Central Division 7-2-1 in last 10 games   SCORING RANKINGS Dallas Goals for: 2.84 goals/game - 9th in the NHL Goals against: 2.73 goals/game - 16th Columbus Goals for: 2.92 goals/game - 8th in the NHL Goals against: 2.77 goals/game - 17th SINCE WE LAST MET (on March 4th): You again? Seriously, it's been one week since the Blue...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets' resiliency can give them upper hand in playoff push

Resiliency is the hallmark of a maturing team. When the season began back on Oct. 4, 2013, Columbus was the youngest team in the league. With an average age of 26.3, the Blue Jackets, on opening night, looked to pick up right where they left off last year. Alas, they embarked on a rollercoaster ride through the first few months of the new season, dropping four in a row followed by...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Know the Enemy: Predators vs Blue Jackets Preview … Saturday night the Nashville Predators (26-27-10) will welcome former division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets (32-26-5) in an attempt to end their current three game losing streak.    Columbus comes in trailing Detroit by just 2 points for the...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wild make the right moves

The Wild were active around the trade deadline for the second year in a row. The third year, actually, if you include the Nick Schultz trade two years ago. The Wild, curiously, made both of their deadline deals with the same two teams they dealt with in the previous two deadlines. Trade number one was a simple swap of a 4th round pick to the Oilers (whom they traded Schultz to) for...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackets go for fourth straight win in matchup with Blackhawks

The Columbus Blue Jackets elected to bolster their hobbled blue line on deadline day, and in a separate deal traded away a top forward they acquired this time last season in a push for more offense. They'll put their new plan in play and go for a fourth straight win Thursday night in Chicago, where the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks remained relatively quiet as they try...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Puck Dumps 3/5/14

TRADE DEADLINE DAY! TRAAAAAAAAAAADE DEADLIIIIIIIIIIIINE The Top Line As noted, it's the trade deadline. The big move of the day appears to be Marty St. Louis being moved to New York. ESPN, NBC, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, TSN, The Local Take #1, The Local Take #2   Scoreboard Boston 4, Florida 1 - Tim Thomas swas shipped to Dallas after getting...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Adds Schultz from Edmonton by   Jack Weber

No, not the good Schultz. 31-year-old, left-handed shooting defenseman Nick Schultz is heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets from the Edmonton Oilers. The 12-year NHL veteran has four assists in 60 games this year, but will be expected to add a steady, veteran presence to the Columbus blue line. Schultz, who stands at 6’1″, 200 lbs, will be an unrestricted [...]
Via The Hockey House
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Hype-O-Rama 2014: The Final Hour

Nick Schultz to Columbus. Tim Thomas to Dallas.
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Rumors: Clearance sale on veterans

To say the Oilers have been disappointing this season, given where they have picked in the entry draft for the last decade, would be understating things. As the trade deadline approaches, the plan is obvious, sell, sell, sell.The Oilers have a group if veteran players, the majority of whom are pending unrestricted free agents. The more prominent of the group are Ryan Smith, Ryan...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruins Potential Trade Targets: B’s Likely To Look For Defensive Depth

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is in his busy season now. The Boston GM will likely be looking to add to his team before the upcoming March 5 trade deadline. He’s gone on record saying that he’d like to add defensive depth, but adding that or any other piece won’t be an easy task. The trade market is seemingly more limited than it is in most years, which means...
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Oilers Trade Deadline Decisions Shaun Maddex Oilers Writer Last nights game was a victory, sort of. Bryzgalov stopped 42 of 44 shots and the Oilers were once again outplayed by my eye. This is becoming a pattern. Get outplayed, have the goalie bail you out, and somehow squeak out a victory. This is not a recipe for success, and the Oilers need to find a way to earn their victories, because relying...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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