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Flyers Stifle Canadiens for 10th Straight Win in Philadelphia

The Flyers have come far since their franchise-worst start.

The Flyers have now won ten games in a row on home ice, dominating the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-1 win on Wednesday night. Their last loss? A 3-0 loss to New Jersey on November 7.

Two first period goals, as well as three assists from Slovakian Olympian Andrej Meszaros led the way for the Flyers, who continue to cement a spot among the Metropolitan Division's top teams.

Flyers Olympians: Giroux Snubbed From Canada; Voracek Among Named to Olympics

The Canadian Olympic ice hockey team was announced today.

Much like the displeasure of many American fans on the snubbing of certain athletes such as Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, the Islanders' Kyle Okposo and Phoenix's Keith Yandle, a few Canadian exclusions have people upset, including an entire fan base of Flyers fans.

Claude Giroux, team captain and "best player in the world" according to Peter Laviolette, was left off the Canadian team. A lot of people are seeing red, or orange for that matter.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Varlamov Out-Duels Mason in Colorado

Steve Mason was every bit as good as he's been so far this season, which earned him first half stud honors.

But Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov was just a tiny bit better. Varlamov stopped 29 shots, the same as Mason, but allowed only one to get by him in a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday.

A rare lapse in the mind of Sean Couturier, who also received honors in our report card, set up Colorado's first goal.

Midseason Report Card

John Russo and Jordan Kuhns made their picks for midseason report card awards. On some categories they agreed rather civilly. But on others, the disagreement couldn't have been any more clear.

That is why they had to put their differences aside and work together to bring to you some of the Flyers' studs, duds, and surprises among other things through the first 41 games of the 2013-14 season.

At 20-17-4, and second place in the Metro Division with 44 points, there were certainly a lot to choose from.

(Photo: Steve Mason has been the Flyers best player in the first half. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Gustafsson to Miss Two Weeks With Knee Injury

Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson is expected to miss two weeks with a sprained left knee, general manager Paul Holmgren announced Sunday.

Gustafsson hurt his knee late in the third period when he collided legs with Corey Tropp. Gustafsson left the game and did not return.

Gustafsson has two goals and five assists in 20 games this season. It's expected that Andrej Meszaros will replace him in the lineup.

Seguin's Nat-Trick Downs Flyers

Tyler Seguin had been under a large microscope after the Bruins traded him to Dallas in the off season.

With that trade looking good for Dallas so far in the 2013-14 season, Seguin added to it. He erupted for a three-goal effort against the Flyers, capping five unanswered to beat Philadelphia, 5-1.

The Flyers were absent the entire game and it showed in the loss. From the opening two minutes they were short a forward, and the five power plays given to Dallas didn't help either.

(Photo: Dallas' Jamie Benn (#14) scoops up a hat after teammate Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick against the Flyers. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

Couturier, Mason Shine in Comeback Shootout Win Over Predators

If there was a game to define what Steve Mason has been doing for the Flyers this season, Saturday night in the Music City was the night.

Mason stopped 34 shots, including two great saves in the shootout as the Flyers came back to beat the Nashville Predators, 3-2. The win started the Flyers' six-game road trip out on the right foot.

It was Mason's best effort of the season.

Mason's effort was coupled with Sean Couturier's late game-tying goal that forced overtime. His tally with 6 minutes, 54 seconds remaining gave Mason the chance to steal a second point from the Predators.

(Photo: Steve Mason covers the puck as Gabriel Bourque contends with Luke Schenn. Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers, Emery Stifle Devils

Just one night after stirring the pot by fighting Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ray Emery stopped 14 shots as the Flyers rebounded with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Emery may not have faced an abundance of shots, but the Flyers goaltender put forth a strong effort on Saturday evening. Emery fought through some tough traffic in front of the net and was absolutely phenomenal for his 15th career shutout and fourth as a Flyer.

The scoring touch has alluded the Flyers early on this season, and was once again absent tonight. Fortunately, they didn't need too much firepower in this game.

Flyers Evaluating With Week Off

The Flyers' week-long break will come to an end this Thursday when they host the Rangers.

While off, the Flyers set to work on a few things. Their powerplay unit, which is 29th in the NHL needed work; the entire team went to the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday as a bonding experience; and they have a couple players potentially returning from injuries which will create a few decisions.

Five Flyers Questions for the 2013-14 Season

The start of a new season brings with it countless questions for all 30 teams.

Some questions will be answered right away while others may take all season or even longer. In Philadelphia, the Flyers are no different.

Without further ado, here are five questions facing the Flyers this 2013-14 season.

(There will be pressure on the Flyers forwards to score this season, including a repeat performance from Jakub Voracek [front] and a break out season from Matt Read [back]. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line.)