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2014-15 Metropolitan Division Preview

Last year, the Metropolitan Division contained a glut of average to below-average teams.

Four teams ended up making the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers all joined the playoff party. Eventually, the Rangers caught fire and made it to the end, only to be dispatched by the Los Angeles Kings.

This season, three teams have new coaches, and each team has a serious challenge ahead of them—whether it’s via injury, shortcoming, or unexpected breaking news.

Herein, we examine those factors.

Flyers Trade Tye McGinn; Sign D Nick Schultz

The Flyers made a pair of moves Wednesday, trading a forward and signing a defenseman.

The Flyers shipped forward Tye McGinn to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2015 third round pick. They signed free agent defenseman Nick Schultz to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.

Flyers Trade Scott Hartnell to Columbus; Acquire R.J. Umberger

The Flyers have traded left winger Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth round pick in the 2015 draft on Monday.

Umberger, 32, recorded 18 goals and 16 assists for 34 points to go along with 26 penalty minutes in 74 regular season games this past season, his sixth with the Blue Jackets. He played three seasons for the Flyers from 2005-2008.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Isles Lose 4-3 To The Capitals After Shootout

The New York Islanders saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday night when the surrendered a two-goal lead to the Washington Capitals in a 4-3 shootout loss.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 of 29 shots, while Braden Holtby knocked aside 35 of 38 as well as each shot he faced in the shootout.

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Flyers Lack Effort In Loss to Jackets

If in Wednesday's loss to Carolina the Flyers showed times of no effort, it was in Thursday's loss that they showed 60 minutes of no effort.

The Flyers lost 5-2 to Columbus in a game they never got out of the starting gate. Ray Emery allowed five goals and played the entire game to keep Steve Mason rested.

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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.

Jackets Rout Flyers in Columbus

Late in the second, Umberger put the Blue Jackets up, 2-0. At that point it was appearing the Flyers were rolling over to Columbus.

Then the same burst of life from Thursday appeared just minutes after Umberger's goal. Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored 20 second apart to instantly tie the game up, 2-2.

The two teams headed into the third period locked up, but a complete defensive breakdown in the third ended any chance the Flyers had at a win.

Steve Downie Out 7-10 Days; Vincent Lecavalier Returns

The Flyers got a bit of good news and bad news today.

The bad came earlier in the day when the Flyers found out winger Steve Downie would miss seven to 10 days with an upper-body injury. Surely it was going to impact the lineup for tonight's matchup against Columbus.