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Oskar Lindblom to Miss Rest of Season After Cancer Diagnosis

Kevin Kinkead - December 13, 2019

Sad news from the Flyers on a Friday afternoon:

Lindblom was in the midst of his best professional season and tied for the team lead with 11 goals.

Ewing’s sarcoma is extremely rare, a cancer that forms in and around bones. There’s no information right now on whether they caught this early or late, or what stage the cancer is currently in, so it’s probably irresponsible to do any speculation on anything regarding that. Hopefully we’ll get an update after doctors do that additional testing next week, as noted in the statement.

But it’s a huge bummer for a good dude who was playing extremely well. He’s only 23 years old, and if you type his name into the Twitter bar you’ll see a bunch of positive personal stories from people who have spent time around him. Spare a thought for Oskar and his family.

More on the cancer here:

Ewing’s sarcoma

Short-Handed and Short of Breath – Thoughts after Flyers Come Up… Short in Colorado

Anthony SanFilippo - December 12, 2019

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The formula for the Flyers 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Denver Wednesday was pretty simple.

They had to go up against one of the Western Conference favorites, who entered the game on a 6-0-1 roll, minus their two leading scorers and one of their defensemen, all sitting out with injuries.

So, with a mishmash lineup that consisted of a fourth line of two AHLers and a veteran who has been a healthy scratch for 95 percent of the season, forcing coach Alain Vigneault to shorten his bench in the thin air of the Mile High City, and the Avs humming on all cylinders, the Flyers were at a significant disadvantage from the puck drop.

Give them credit for hanging around. Heck, after getting blitzed in the second half of the first period, only to be able to stay in the game courtesy of stellar goaltending from Carter Hart, the Flyers dominated the second period. They outshot the Avs 15-4 in the period, including 11-0 from the start of the frame.

The problem was, they couldn’t get a puck past Colorado backup goalie Pavel Francouz.

Who?

Yeah, I admit, I didn’t know who he was either. But, Philip Grubauer was hurt for Colorado, so the rookie goalie got the start. And as I watched him, I thought he had happy feet in the crease, which is never a good thing, and yet, he seemed to be able to stop everything thrown his way.

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Crossing Broadcast and Snow The Goalie

Russ Joy - December 9, 2019

Crossing Broadcast: “A Giant Game”

Kevin, Bob, Russ, and Anthony preview the Giants game, look ahead to a potential playoff matchup against Seattle/San Francisco, the best case scenario for change, and more. The guys then react to the Phillies’ signing of Zack Wheeler and the Sixers’ recent run. Plus, a pair of Mt. Rushmores: Worst Bowl Game Names and Pro Wrestling Factions.

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Snow The Goalie: “The Tightest Team”

Anthony and Russ break down the Flyers’ recent 2-1 stretch and react to the loss of Travis Konecny. They then compare the mentality of this season’s team vs. years prior. The guys also discuss Kevin Hayes’ appearance on a national show and his comments on the off-season Frank Seravalli report on Snow The Goalie. They finish up with a five star review and a look at the week ahead.

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Coyote Ugly – Thoughts after Flyers’ Winning Streak Ends With a Thud

Anthony SanFilippo - December 6, 2019

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I know, I know. I asked you, begged you even, to pay attention to the Philadelphia Flyers after Tuesday’s win over Toronto.

And then they went out and lost their next game, in regulation for just the second time all-season on home ice, to the Arizona Coyotes, 3-1.

Great.

Now, as an avid hockey follower and your friendly neighborhood puck scribe, I can tell you these aren’t your parents’ Arizona Coyotes, or even your older brother’s Arizona Coyotes. This team is good. It’s disciplined. It’s going to be a real threat in the Western Conference to make a long playoff run.

And I’m also going to tell you the Flyers played a pretty good game against them. They controlled possession for much of the night. They outshot the Coyotes by double digits. They stuck to what has been working for them in the previous seven games, in which the Flyers were 6-0-1. It just didn’t work out.

That’s because Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper, who leads the NHL in goals against average, was once again very good in net and his defense in front of him was bend, don’t break.

So the Flyers fell to 16-8-5 and have one more game at home (Ottawa Saturday) before they head out on the road and the schedule lightens up a little bit as they’ve been playing pretty much every other day for more than a month now.

It’ll be important that the Flyers have some stick-to-it in their mindset and keep doing what they’ve been doing to continue being a successful team.

That said, there are some things to discuss from last night that are likely going to change, maybe as soon as Saturday. So, let’s hit it:

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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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If the Flyers Win Five Games in a Row and No One is There to See It, Did it Really Happen?

Anthony SanFilippo - December 4, 2019

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Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Flyers are actually a good hockey team again.

Actually…

You should look now. Please do. Take notice of this team. I know it sounds weird to hear me begging you to do so, but there is a reason I’m doing this: these Flyers deserve your attention and support.

Yes, I know there is some bad blood between the organization and their fans that has nothing to do with the players, coaches, or anyone in the hockey operations side of things with the team.

Yes, some – actually a lot – of business decisions being made by the new brass have rubbed fans the wrong way. There are some fans who were completely affronted by the huge spike in ticket prices this year after another season of mediocrity and missed playoffs.

There are some fans who feel like their access to the team has diminished as more and more season ticket holder perks have been altered or taken away altogether. And while some would argue there is a sense of entitlement with some of those fans – and I don’t disagree – paring back access at a time when the team has been off the radar of the city’s sports landscape for so long was probably not the right time.

There are other things, too – I’ve heard from season ticket holders , including those with partial plans, who say the same level of service from their ticket reps has eroded. That the fans used to be treated as family, and now they aren’t at all.

And of course, there is the whole segment of the fan base – small though it might be, but still out there – who are still mad at the team at their fumbling of the Kate Smith debacle.

But whatever the reason fans are mad at the team, there is no reason – none – that a game between a white hot Flyers team and a highly-skilled and talented Toronto Maple Leafs team with some of the brightest stars in the sport – should draw just 15,811 fans.

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Crossing Broadcast and Snow The Goalie

Russ Joy - December 2, 2019

Crossing Broadcast: “The Dolphins Game, Streaking Sixers”

Kevin, Anthony, Bob, and Russ discuss the loss to the Dolphins and debate whether or not the team will make changes to the front office or coaching staff if the team doesn’t make the playoffs. The guys then assess whether the Eagles or Cowboys deserve to win the decision. They finish with Sixers takeaways, the Phillies’ signing of Andrew Knapp, and a Mount Rushmore of Coventry Mall stores.

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Snow The Goalie: “The Hottest Team in Town”

Anthony and Russ debate whether the Flyers are the most enjoyable team in the city right now. The guys then discuss the change in mindset that Alain Vigneault has brought to the team, JVR trying the get off the 4th line, and a rotation for the defensive third pair. Plus, an analytics take against Ivan Provorov sends Anthony off on an epic rant and a timed tweet sets off accusations of trolling the Eagles.

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Provy-lone: Thoughts After Flyers Defenseman’s Solo Dash Secures OT Win Over Canadiens

Anthony SanFilippo - December 1, 2019

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This Flyers post will not be very long for a few reasons.

  1. I wrote 2,000 words about the state of the team yesterday, and not much changed in 24 hours with the exception of another win under the Flyers’ belt.
  2. It’s a Sunday in December, so the Eagles and gambling dominate conversation – I know my place.
  3. The Flyers still really aren’t on the Philadelphia sports radar when compared to other teams. When you are a mediocre team for the better part of a decade and disconnect from what was one of the most loyal fan bases in professional sports, creating more of an apathetic feeling about your team, your going to need more than one good month of hockey during football season to alert the city that you matter again.

That said, the city better start waking up to the Flyers.

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