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Snow The Goalie: Do You Believe in Ghost?

Russ Joy - February 11, 2020

Anthony and Russ break down the win over the Capitals and what, if anything, to learn from the Devils game. The guys then discuss the Shayne Gostisbehere situation, the difference with Robert Hägg in the lineup, and the overall improved defensive game this season. Plus, Carter Hart’s return to the lineup and the importance of Brian Elliott.

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Snow The Goalie: Awful Trip, 50/50 Split, and Ed Snider’s Legacy

Russ Joy - January 7, 2020

Anthony and Russ are joined by former Flyers VP Lou Scheinfeld, who shares some great stories about the late Ed Snider on what would’ve been his 87th birthday. The guys then break down the Flyers’ disastrous road trip, including Carter Hart’s struggles on the road, what’s gone wrong thus far, and personnel changes to come in the next few games. Plus, Russ unveils his controversial proposal for Carter Hart to play all games at home and Brian Elliott to play all remaining games on the road.

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How the Flyers’ Team Dynamic Has Led to Early Success

Russ Joy - December 5, 2019

The Flyers are good. Really good.

In fact, they’re the hottest team in the city and yet they’ve barely broken into the media sphere which boasts the “4 for 4” vernacular we’ve grown accustomed to hearing. Not only is the team playing great hockey, they’re getting along really well off the ice. I know some people cast aside anything that comes remotely close to the human side of professional sports, but doing so would be a mistake. In my first season covering the Flyers, I focused more of my time observing the off-ice interactions of the team more than I did on the on-ice product. For the latter, I’d often pick the brains of those who’d forgotten more about the team and the in-and-outs of the sport at the professional level than I could learn in a short period of time. But last season, there was something so clear it couldn’t be ignored: the 2018-19 Flyers were a fractured locker room. The word “scared” was thrown around a bunch, as was a constant need to address the team’s confidence – or often lack thereof – in the way they were playing. Fast forward to December 2019 and that’s all gone. It shows.

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Not as Good as it Looked – But the Flyers will take it following a 6-1 win over the Red Wings

Anthony SanFilippo - November 30, 2019

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Matt Niskanen stood in front of his locker, blood caked on his lips and goatee, his nose about three times the size as normal, with 15 fresh stitches and a pair of cotton spindles up his nostrils to prevent further bleeding.

He told the gathered media “It’s not as bad as it looks.”

Hockey player.

We’ll get into his contributions to the Flyers’ 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in a bit, but I told you that story to tell you this one:

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault used Niskanen’s take on his injury as a way to talk about the Flyers’ seemingly easy victory.

“Nisky said it looks worse than it is,” Vigneault said. “Well, we didn’t look real good at the beginning, but we found a way to get it going. That probably summarizes a bit of our game.”

In other words, the final score is not as good as it looks.

Hey, it was a game all about appearances for the Flyers (14-7-5, 33 points) who leapfrogged both Pittsburgh and Carolina into third place in the Metropolitan Division, a far cry from where they were exactly one calendar year prior when general manager Ron Hextall was about to be fired.

The Flyers didn’t look good for 40 minutes, and still had a lead. Two defensemen took pucks to the face. And that collection of veterans who have appeared to be struggling – well, they’re all scoring now.

Shayne Gostisbehere, back in the lineup for the first time after being benched for three games, scored a goal. Kevin Hayes, who has only been able to score in the past dozen games when there’s no goalie in front of the net, scored. Jake Voracek had a three assist game. Heck, even James van Riemsdyk got a goal in garbage time.

And yet, despite a five-goal victory, the Flyers were badly outplayed in the first period (which they ended up leading 2-1 heading into intermission) and for much of the second period (the Flyers lead actually grew to 3-1).

“To be honest, I think they were the better team for two periods,” Voracek said. “It’s always, I wouldn’t say hard to play against those teams but obviously they got nothing to lose, you know, in the standings. It’s really sometimes you don’t expect something happening on the ice, what they do, when they swing away and they kind of move around with all five guys in the zone. Sometimes you have a little trouble with that, but we got to move and stay patient. We got to find a way to win the game. Kudos to us. Kudos to us for doing that and sticking with it until the third period.”

Jake called it a “mindset,” that the Flyers are playing with right now. He said it’s something this team hasn’t had for a long time.

“AV holds guys accountable, you know what I mean,” Voracek told me when I asked him to elaborate on it further. “If you don’t have that ‘mindset’ then you aren’t going to play. It’s easy. You have to have that mindset to play the right way and to be successful. Tonight wasn’t pretty but I’ll take playing not pretty and winning over putting up 55 shots and coming up short.”

Positive things are happening for the Flyers in an unexpected fashion, but one in which we all should recognize are ways that things happen to good teams sometimes. When you play consistently, and with accountability, you can have games like this against a last place team like the Red Wings.

This wouldn’t have been the norm 12 months ago.

“You have to be able to evaluate your game individually and you have to be able to evaluate your game as a team,” Vigneault said. “We know that Carter [Hart] kept us in this game early – and goalies have to do that sometimes – and then we got going.”

It started with Hart. It ended with JVR. Up next is a team that has been absolutely pathetic at home of late. Let’s cycle through this rapid fire.

Carter Hart was the difference maker in a 6-1 win

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Snow The Goalie: A Decent Stretch, Carter Hart’s Struggles, Seeing Ghosts

Russ Joy - October 29, 2019

Anthony and Russ discuss the Flyers’ decent stretch of play, the tale of two teams in back-to-back games, Carter Hart’s struggles, the play of Brian Elliott, Shayne Gostisbehere’s confidence, and more.

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The Hart of a Champion

Russ Joy - October 10, 2019

I’m not trying to start the talk radio debate about the most important position in sports. You wanna argue till you’re blue in the face that playing quarterback in THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE is the toughest? Have at it. I’d contend that a 1A to quarterback is standing between the pipes of 72″ x 48″ net while a disk of vulcanized rubber is propelled through the air at 90mph. I’d elevate the position’s importance in Philadelphia, where -I don’t know if you’ve heard- the Flyers haven’t had a rock-solid net minder in… [looks at records] nearly thirty years since Ron Hextall. Even then, Hextall was far from elite. The late Pelle Lindbergh aside -seeing as we’ll never know how good he truly could have been- the last great Flyers goaltender was Bernie Parent back in the 70s.

“But, Russ, the Flyers had a Vezina Trophy winner in their organization and they traded him away.”

Fair, but it was never going to work here. Ed Snider practically forced the hand of former GM Paul Holmgren to sign Ilya Bryzgalov, who flat-out refused to mentor or help a young Sergei Bobrovsky.

This isn’t a matter of Philly fans being out of their minds or blowing the goalie issue out of proportion. When we sat down with head coach Alain Vigneault and mentioned Hart, his response -amid a smirk and chuckle- was, “So I’ve been told.” That’s why Carter Hart’s performance on Wednesday night, featuring the first shutout of his NHL career, wasn’t just big. It was… humongous big. In fact, it’s the biggest thing to happen to a Philadelphia sports team in the past few months.

(Side note: Save your Kapler firing cheers for joy. The Phillies are a fundamentally flawed organization and kept the architects of a mediocre-at-best franchise in favor of cleaning house like they should’ve done. Also, the Ben Simmons three was delightful and could prove to be the most important added dimension to a Philly team this side of DeSean Jackson popping the top off an opposing defense. I digress…)

Hart didn’t just make the saves. He dominated the Devils. He embarrassed them:

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The Flyers’ Future Looks Bright Ahead of the 2019-20 Season

Russ Joy - September 29, 2019

If you haven’t followed the team’s preseason, don’t feel bad. On the results side, they finished the NHL portion of their preseason 1-2-3, with Monday’s game against Lausanne HC in Switzerland standing between them and the Chicago Blackhawks. In addition to Kevin Hayes’ stellar play, the biggest story to come out of this preseason has been the development of a number of young players. Here’s what you might have missed:

Carter Hart’s Been a Stud in Net

He stopped 56 of 57 shots faced in the preseason, one that began with fans and pundits wondering aloud if he’d be able to follow up an impressive rookie campaign. His pregame routine was also a highlight of NHL Network’s Behind the Glass: Training Camp with the Philadelphia Flyers:

Morgan Frost: Down, but (maybe) not out

Morgan Frost is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the Flyers’ system, and -especially following Nolan Patrick’s migraine disorder diagnosis– one who fans wanted to see make the team. However, he saw his preseason get cut short due to a groin strain. He’s been since sent down to the AHL to begin the season with the Phantoms, though I’d say there’s a chance he gets called back up when healthy, especially if Nolan Patrick’s absence continues further into the regular season than anticipated. Frost’s biggest asset is his vision, which some have compared to a young Claude Giroux. He racked up 37 goals and 72 assists a year ago for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as well as eight points (4G/4A) in five games with Canada’s U20 squad at World Juniors. He put that same skill on display this preseason and figures to do the same this year with the Phantoms and/or Flyers.

Despite 0 Points, Joel Farabee Backs Up the Hype

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Snow The Goalie: A Fresh Start with Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault

Russ Joy - September 12, 2019

Anthony and Russ are joined by Flyers Head Coach Alain Vigneault for an exclusive face-to-face interview. Topics include:

  • Assessing the roster
  • Vision for how the team will play
  • Observations of Carter Hart and Sean Couturier at IIHF World Championships
  • The importance of giving players a clean slate
  • Having two former head coaches as assistants
  • The role of analytics in coaching
  • Lessons from the1992 Ottawa Senators
  • Off-season hobbies
  • Hockey in Canada v. the US
  • The difficulty of making a Stanley Cup Final
  • Thoughts on the media

Anthony and Russ then reflect on the interview and make a big announcement about their coverage for the upcoming season.

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