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Schenn Takes Advantage of Opportunity

Due to the unfortunate injury to right-winger Jaromir Jagr, rookie Brayden Schenn is getting the chance to play on the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

Although he has struggled with injuries and consistent play this season, Coach Peter Laviolette had the confidence in Schenn to gave him the opportunity to play on the team’s top line. He doesn't usually play on the wing, but he fit in quite nicely at the position.

Saturday's game against the Devils was his first chance to play on the line. It was the perfect circumstance for the 20-year-old to catch a break and finally get his game going.

In a time where the Flyers' top right-winger got hurt in the early stages, Schenn stepped up and did what he had to do for the remainder of the game. He met Laviolette’s expectations and played just how the coach hoped he would.

After the 4-1 victory, it was reported that Jagr would be out indefinitely. There wasn't any doubt as to who would play on that line in place of him. Schenn would continue to fill the role as best he could. A good test for the kid, as the next opponents would be the physical Boston Bruins.

Despite offensive outburst, Flyers fall 6-5 in shootout

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers hosted the Boston Bruins, they allowed six unanswered goals and saw the reigning Stanley Cup champions end their seven-game winning streak.

On Saturday afternoon, it was a different story.

Although the Flyers lost 6-5 in a shootout, they displayed that they could go toe-to-toe with the league’s best offensive team.

Players need to step up heading into game against Bruins

The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins met, it was in the midst of a seven-game winning streak for the Flyers.

But unfortunately for the orange and black-clad team, that streak came to an abrupt end when they hosted the Stanley Cup champion Bruins.

In a pathetic showing which was featured on HBO’s 24/7, the Flyers were abused 6-0 at the hands of Boston. Just over a month later, the Bullies will seek pay back against the Bruins, who they have split the season series, 1-1, so far.

Wayne Simmonds: The Kind of Guy Philly Loves

Wayne Simmonds is the kind of player Philadelphia loves.

Hardworking, tough and resilient, Simmonds embodies the kind of ‘bring your lunch to work’ player that have historically won over the respect of the Flyers faithful.

All season, he has demonstrated that he is a versatile player capable of being physically imposing as well as quick on his feet.

Trap Game or Not, Flyers Failed

Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-1 at home against the New York Islanders for the first time in seven seasons.

Tuesday, the team defeated Minnesota at home, 5-1. Saturday, they travel New Jersey to face the Devils. Sunday, they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Sounds like the Islanders game was what some refer to as a 'trap game', right?

Wrong.

In the first period last night, the Flyers played like garbage and luckily, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky kept them in the game. It could have been a trap game then, as they were sleep-skating on the ice, with no purpose.

Gas in the Tank: Jagr proving he wants to stay in Philly

It was a match made in heaven, that is, unless you were a life time Penguins fan.

As heavenly as Jaromir Jagr's presence in Philadelphia has been for his career, his team mates and his fans, it's been rather hellish for the cross-state rival fans.

And unfortunately for those in the Steel City, it could last longer than the duration of the 2011-12 season.

While talking to reporters today, Jagr discussed his future in the NHL. At 39 years of age (turning 40 next month), that seems a little bizarre.

Better yet, he feels his future is filled with a lot of orange and black.

Road Warriors Excited to Come Home

Going back to the offseason, 2011-12 has largely been about turmoil for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Whether it pertains to personnel decisions, injuries or goaltender shuffles, the team consistently has a new issue that is supposed to bring them down.

Even with all the drama, the team has managed to exceed expectations, currently sitting in the fourth seed (27-13-4) of the highly competitive Eastern Conference, only four points out of first place.

With all the other ‘issues’ receiving the majority of attention, there is one occurrence this season that could have become a huge problem.

Since November 9th, the Flyers have played 29 games, 20 of which were on the road.

Five-Guy; Couturier Continues to Surge

Youth is wasted on the young.

The phrase is now clichéd at this point, but it originated from Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

The saying is a commentary on how young people have all the opportunities in the world, yet lack the maturity and wisdom to properly take advantage of them.

For Philadelphia Flyers rookie forward Sean Couturier, the saying carries little weight.

Power From the Point; Flyers Dominate Wild, 5-1

When the Philadelphia Flyers announced that Chris Pronger was going to be out for the remainder of the season, many questions arose as to how the injury was going to affect the team.

Of course, there was the concern about his contributions in the defensive zone, but one of the most glaring issues that arose was how the team was going to replace his booming shot from the point.

While the team has yet to find any one to fill Pronger’s role in the offensive zone, the team successfully utilized point shots on way to dominating the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, 5-1.

Flyers Back Home To Face The Wild

The Philadelphia Flyers (26-13-4) have played 15 of their last 21 games in enemy territory and have returned home 2-2 from their most recent trip, which ended with a 4-2 loss in Nashville.

The good news for the Flyers is they will be home for three of their next five games leading up to the All-Star break.

In fact, the Flyers will be playing the majority of their remaining 39 games at home (23) this season.

Tonight the Flyers will host a Minnesota Wild (22-16-7) team who started the year red hot, 11-4 in November, but have since cooled.