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Panic Time or Stay the Course: Evaluating the Numbers One Third of the Way

Six wins, nine regulation losses, one shootout loss, 13 points. That’s where the Flyers stand one third of the way through the season. The record is not very good, but is the team bad or are they going through bad luck? Digging into the numbers suggests it is a bit of both.

Hartnell’s Eventual Return Creates Interesting Decision: Who to Sit?

Scott Hartnell’s return to the Flyers lineup is inevitable.

Certainly it’s going to be a huge bonus getting back the team’s leader in goals scored last season with _. But a bit of a dilemma will hit head coach Peter Laviolette when his star left-winger does return.

Unfortunately for the Flyers, the guys for them who are playing their best hockey are the guys who aren’t doing the scoring. And those who need to step their game up and perform better are those relied upon to put the puck in the back of the net.

(Pictured: Mike Knuble battles for a puck on February 11. Chris Young/The Canadian Press/AP)

Back-up Goalie Showdown in the QC

The Flyers head to the QC to take on the Montreal Canadiens. Habs fans are loud and raucous, so will it affect Brian Boucher? Will Peter Budaj prove to be a worthy back-up for the sick Carey Price?

Devils Put Out Flyers Early Spark to Win, 5-3

The Flyers got lucky in the first. But they weren't so lucky in the second.

Mishaps in at the beginning of the first two periods set the tone for the Flyers in their 5-3 loss to New Jersey, Friday night.

Just 40 seconds into the game, Ilya Kovalchuk hooked up with Travis Zajac to put the Devils up 1-0. Zajac fired a wrister that snuck underneath the right arm of Ilya Bryzgalov to put the Devils on the board before a whole minute could come off the clock.

(Pictured: Ilya Kovalchuk shoots on Ilya Bryzgalov in the second. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bryzgalov's Bounce-Back Effort Fuels Win over Jets

24 saves by Ilya Bryzgalov, a rejuvenated defensive effort and two assists by Jakub Voracek propelled the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

The Jets swarmed the Flyers early. Amongst a deafening chorus of "Il-ya" chants from the Winnipeg faithful, a bank off the end boards took an odd hop and Bryzgalov stretched out to make a great save on Bryan Little to keep the game scoreless early.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save in the 2nd period. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)

Flyers Look to Rebound in Winnipeg

The Flyers got trounced, 5-2, yesterday in Toronto. They hope to shake off the bad loss and win in Winnipeg.

Flyers Leave Room For Improvement At the Quarter Mark

After what was looking to be a year without hockey, we found ourselves at the quarter-mark of the 2013 NHL season.

It's already been a fun-filled first three weeks of hockey. Perennial giants are struggling, some super stars are still in search of their scoring touch and even the Chicago Blackhawks have managed to play their first 11 games without a regulation loss.

12 games into the 48-game shortened season, the Flyers find themselves with a 5-6-1 record and 11 points, good for third place in the Atlantic Division.

At that point, they sit behind the first place Devils (7-1-3; 17 points) and second place Penguins (8-4-0; 16 points). It could be much worse, especially since the Flyers were at one point 2-6-0 to start the season.

(Pictured: Ilya Bryzgalov and Zac Rinaldo after the Flyers won, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday. Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Brayden Schenn Breaks Out With Three-Point Game

It had been a pretty quiet season for Brayden Schenn thus far through the first quarter of the shortened year.

But finally, the younger Schenn brother broke out for his first mult-point game of the year. His goal and two assists lead the Flyers past the Hurricanes in a 4-3 overtime win.

(Pictured: Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek celebrate after Schenn's goal. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Three-Or-Less: Theodore Stones Flyers In Shootout 3-2 Loss

The Flyers kept shooting and shooting, but Jose Theodore seemed to have an answer for everything.

Theodore stopped 30 shots, including both of the Flyers' shootout attempts in the Panthers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Flyers, but they have earned a point in each of their last three games.

Theodore came up huge in the last two periods and overtime, stopping the last 19 shots he faced to preserve the come-back win.

(Picture: Jose Theodore stones Claude Giroux on the shootout. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Flyers Look to Win Three Straight; Host Florida

The Flyers look to shed their losing ways and earn their third straight win. They host the Panthers, who they romped 7-1 back on January 26 in Sunrise, FL.