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Snow The Goalie: First The Metro, Then The Cup

Russ Joy - March 3, 2020

Anthony and Russ discuss the Flyers’ surge to second in the Metropolitan Division, the model giving the Flyers the best chance to win the Stanley Cup, the folly of power rankings and where the team truly stands. The guys also break down wins over the Rangers and the impact of Giroux and Voracek. The guys touch on the battle between hockey fans and sports talk radio, including whether the outrage is warranted.

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Flyers got a little Captain in them: Thoughts on Claude Giroux following a 5-2 win over the Rangers

Anthony SanFilippo - February 29, 2020

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It was only 44 days ago. A month-and-a-half. No time really. But that’s when even some of the most ardent Claude Giroux supporters had to wonder if his season was slipping away from him.

Even I, who has fought with fans ad nauseam on Twitter defending Giroux as a surefire Hall of Fame hockey player, had to admit on the evening of Jan. 16 that there might be something a little off with the Flyers captain this season.

The next few games after that last post did nothing to quell those doubts.

From Jan. 18 through Feb. 6 the Flyers went 4-1-1, but Giroux only had three assists, and went four consecutive games without a point, ending with a thud in a minus-3 performance during the Flyers’ 5-0 home loss to New Jersey, in what could arguably have been both the team’s and Giroux’s worst performance of the season.

But, then something happened after that game.

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Setting Records: Five Takeaways from the Flyers’ 5-1 Win

Russ Joy - February 19, 2020

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At some point during Tuesday night’s game, I saw someone on Twitter throw out a very simple question: When’s the last time both “winter” teams in Philadelphia were good at the same time? It’s a legitimately good question. Sure, there have been limited spurts of success from the Orange and Black over the past few years, but never a true, believable sustained success. I guess you could point to the 2017-18 season -the last playoff appearance for this squad in a seven-year stretch of alternating playoff seasons and missed opportunities- as a “success” of sorts, but did anyone really, truly believe that squad had what it takes to get out of the first round? Perhaps the 2013-14 season that ended in a Game 7 loss to the Rangers is more your speed? No, I think you have to go way back to the three-season stretch from 2009-2012, when getting out of the first round was more of a foregone conclusion. Which brings me to a moment I’ve long-feared putting into the public sphere for fear of a karmic debacle: this is the best Flyers team in nearly a decade and it isn’t particularly close.

The Flyers, who find themselves in third place in the Metropolitan Division, have the eighth-best record in the entire league. Pittsburgh and Washington, who reside above the Flyers in the Met, have the third- and fourth-best records in the league, respectively. The Islanders, Hurricanes, and Blue Jackets -who all trail the three aforementioned teams for a guaranteed playoff spot- have the ninth-, tenth-, and eleventh-best records in the entire NHL. That’s insane. It’s also part of the problem with dropping points within your division, as the Flyers did to the dreadful Devils on February 6 and the Islanders on February 11, has an even more damaging impact than in years past.

It’s why getting a dominant win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night was about as close to a “must win” as you’re going to get. Let’s get into five takeaways from the decisive victory:

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A Passing Grade: Flyers Get Past Maple Leafs 3-2, but Bigger Tests Loom

Anthony SanFilippo - November 10, 2019

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The first test has been passed.

In all honesty, the Flyers were moving on to the second, much more difficult test in Boston tonight regardless of what happened with the first test in Toronto, but the fact is they aced it.

And they aced it because they got really good goaltending once again – this time by Brian Elliott – they limited their own mistakes against a highly skilled team, which is important, they won the special teams battle, and they got two of the most diverse-looking shootout goals from a couple of team leaders to defeat the Maple Leafs 3-2.

That makes the Flyers 4-0-1 in their last five games and 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Those consecutive disastrous losses to the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins seem like a distant memory at this point.

That’s because the Flyers are 9-5-2 with 20 points through 16 games and currently sit in the top Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.

Yes, with three quarters of the season to go, a lot can happen. But, let’s look at where the Flyers were since the last time they had 20 points 16 games into the season:

SeasonRecordPointsEastern Conference Standing
2018-198-7-1178th place
2017-188-6-2187th place
2016-177-7-21611th place
2015-165-8-31314th place
2014-157-7-21612th place
2013-145-10-11113th place
2012-136-9-11311th place
2011-129-4-3214th place

And while it’s easy to say, yeah, they were in the same standings position two years ago, so what’s the big deal, the difference is this team is better both talent-wise and coaching-wise. This team still has a game or two in hand on most of the conference because they started the season in Europe. This team is rolling, which it wasn’t doing two years ago. And, with an upset win over the Bruins tonight, they would leapfrog all the way to 4th place in the conference, which would be a first this late in the season since the last time they won a playoff series.

Yes, this is a big deal.

Don’t get me wrong. It can easily go sideways as the Flyers are playing arguably the two best teams in the NHL in their next two games, because after playing in Boston tonight they come home to host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, but the fact that the Flyers have themselves in this position, is not something fans have grown accustomed to in recent years.

And they’ve gotten there because of the growth and continued growth of some of their young players.

Let’s dive in….

Phil Myers

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Crossing Broadcast “The Bears Game and Streaking Sixers” and Snow The Goalie with Joel Farabee

Russ Joy - November 5, 2019

Crossing Broadcast “The Bears Game, Streaking Sixers, Grunge”

Kevin, Anthony, Bob, and Russ break down the Eagles’ win over the Bears, why the Eagles aren’t fun, the undefeated Sixers, Phillies roster moves, and the Mt. Rushmore of Grunge Bands.

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Snow The Goalie “Showing He Belongs with Flyers Forward Joel Farabee”

Anthony and Russ break down the Flyers’ overtime win over the Devils and shootout loss to the Maple Leafs. They are then joined by Flyers rookie Joel Farabee to talk about his rookie season, playing on a line with Claude Giroux, what he does in the off-season, and his favorite hockey movie. The guys then give their thoughts on columnist’s piece that claimed Jake Voracek laughed during head coach Alain Vigneault’s media availability.

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On the Road to Recovery – Flyers Lose in Shootout to Maple Leafs, but Have Productive Weekend

Anthony SanFilippo - November 3, 2019

As weekends go, the Flyers have had far worse.

Oh, they’ve had better too, but coming off two truly pathetic efforts in New York and Pittsburgh, to register a pair of shootouts -one a win, and one a loss- and come away with three out of a possible four points is nothing to sneeze at.

That’s what happened this weekend, after the Flyers dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs 24 hours after winning by that same score in New Jersey.

The goal scorers against Toronto were Ivan Provorov, Claude Giroux and Travis Sanheim. The latter had an eventful night, and Brian Elliott was really good again in goal, giving the Flyers chance after chance to win the game.

Garnering those three points has the Flyers at 6-5-2 through 13 games, which has them in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division, and three points out of a wild card playoff position.

Yes, it’s way too early to talk about such things, but November is a very busy month for the Flyers with 16 games in 30 days and 14 of those games are against divisional or conference rivals, meaning that once the calendar flips to December, a third of the season will have been played and the standings will become a crucial part of the conversation about the Flyers.

How they get there and what their status will look like at that point will have to do with the play of several key players, many of whom I’d like to highlight now:

Ivan Provorov

Usually when a guy scores a goal, they garner attention from the media. But, if I’m being honest, Provorov was always going to be a guy I was including in this post, whether he scored or not.

The Flyers’ defense has been in the cross hairs lately, and deservedly so for its uneven and sometimes erratic play.

However, Provorov has been steady. Not great, like he was two seasons ago, but also not the same guy who took a huge step backward last season.

He’s been reliable. With a veteran partner like Matt Niskanen, who is taking some of the pressure off of Provorov that was so prevalent a year ago, the still-22-year-old defenseman has made strides toward being the top defenseman on the team again.

He still garners the most minutes of any of the Flyers defenseman, meaning coach Alain Vigneaut and assistant Mike Yeo, who is in charge of the defense, recognize Provorov’s skill and ability.

For the second time this year, Provorov has been moved back to the top power play unit as well, replacing Shayne Gostisbehere. The last time was a brief stint. This time, I’m thinking he’ll get a longer look.

Especially if you score on the power play:

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Flyers Announce Alternate Captains, Opening Lineups Might Be Set

Russ Joy - October 3, 2019

We’re less than 24 hours away from hockey action, yo. With a new season comes change, and there’s plenty of it coming out of Prague if reports are to be believed.

Alternate Captains

The most notable change, one that’s staring fans in the face, is the Flyers’ announcement of their alternate captains for the 2019-20 season. Claude Giroux, who enters his eighth consecutive season as the captain, will be joined by:

If you think back to the disastrous 2018-19 season, the three players donning the “A” on their sweaters were Sean Couturier and now-former-Flyers Wayne Simmonds and Andrew MacDonald. The trade of Simmonds prior to last season’s trade deadline led to Voracek wearing the “A” for the remainder of the season, one that he will rock once again this season. Perhaps the most intriguing name on the list is that of center Kevin Hayes, who signed a 7-year, $50m deal this offseason.

Opening Lineup

Speaking of Hayes, it appears he’s not going to be starting his season as the 2C everyone expected him to be if the lines in Thursday’s practice are any indication:

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Snow The Goalie: Where the Flyers Stand with Jason Myrtetus

Russ Joy - August 30, 2019

Anthony and Russ are joined by Jason Myrtetus of 97.5 The Fanatic and the Stick2Hockey podcast. They discuss:

  • The Kevin Hayes story
  • Player over/unders
  • Where the team will finish in the Metropolitan Division
  • Can Carter Hart live up to the hype?
  • The impact of the new coaching staff
  • Konecny/Provorov updates
  • NHL Network’s “Behind The Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp”
  • The battle for the 3RW
  • Claude Giroux’s NHL 20 rating
  • An update on the NHL/NHLPA’s CBA negotiations

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