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Pregame 1/20: Islanders vs Flyers

The Islanders return home to the Nassau Coliseum after a 6 game road trip saw them go 4-2. Today in a 1PM start they take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the back end of a home and home series

Flyers Complete Another Comeback, Defeat Islanders

As they had done eight times prior this season, the Flyers had erased a third period deficit to defeat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Saturday night in a wild affair. This ninth comeback set a new team record.

Incredibly enough, 11 of the last 15 Flyers wins have involved coming back from a deficit.

Schenn's OT Winner Slices Devils

It certainly could not have been made any tougher on Tuesday night, but the Philadelphia Flyers ended a six-game road trip with five wins, outlasting the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in an overtime victory.

Brayden Schenn sent the road warriors home happy with the game winner.

Wayne Simmonds dug a loose puck off the half boards, sending the puck to Nicklas Grossmann. The Swede fooled everyone with a fake half-slapper, sending a slap pass to a wide open Schenn who deposited the puck past a diving Martin Brodeur.

Schenn ended the night not only with a nasty gash to his midsection from Danius Zubrus' skate, but he scored two points in this game. He has scored six points in his last four games.

(Photo: Brayden Schenn checks Danius Zubrus. Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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)

Road Warriors: Flyers Finish West Swing With 3-1 Record; Beat Phoenix

The Flyers, in the middle of a six-game road trip, will come back home after a good trip out west.

The Flyers beat the Coyotes, 5-3, in come-from-behind fashion to end the western swing of their trip on a high note. They went 4-1, losing their only game to Colorado on Thursday.

Raffl Finishes 2013 With Strong December

For a guy who was a healthy scratch just five weeks ago, Michael Raffl has made the most of the opportunities presented to him since returning to the lineup on Nov. 27.

In fact, December may have been the best month in the 25-year-old’s professional hockey career.

During the final calendar month of 2013, Raffl notched 10 points (2 G, 8 A) in 14 games played, including his first career NHL goal against Ottawa on Dec. 9. Prior to the beginning of December, Raffl had just one point in 14 games played.

(Photos by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers End 2013 With Dominant Win In Calgary

The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't have ended the 2013 portion of their season any better.

The Flyers defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-1, and head into 2014 winners of four straight and six of their last seven. At 20-16-4, they sit one point behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro with both teams having played 40 games.

Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers, stopping 23 shots for the win. He didn't need to be overly impressive as the Flames didn't provide much pressure, but he came up with key saves late in the game to preserve the lead the Flyers built.

Mason Steals Two Points In Vancouver

The Flyers allowed a season-high 44 shots, all while taking just 27.

With numbers like that, it's hard to fathom them being able to steal one point, let alone two. Steve Mason did just that.

Mason stopped a season-high 41 shots and the Flyers came back to force overtime before winning in a shootout, 4-3, in Vancouver. It's their fifth win in the last six games, and they now sit three points behind the Washington Capitals for second place in the Metro.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save on David Booth. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Simmonds Score Two; Flyers Down Oilers, Bryz in Shootout

Just four minutes into the hockey game, it already seemed as if Ilya Bryzgalov was on his way to exacting revenge on his former team.

But there were 56 more minutes of hockey, and the Flyers didn't allow that to happen. Sparked by Wayne Simmonds' two-goal night, the Flyers came back to win in a shootout, 4-3, over Edmonton Saturday night.

Simmonds now leads the Flyers with 12 goals. Just three games ago, he had only half of that total.

(Photo: Michael Raffl scores the winning shootout goal on Ilya Bryzgalov. Photo by Marko Ditkun/NHLI via Getty Images)

Wayne Train Up And Running For Flyers

Five games ago, Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds scored just five goals along with ten assists.

Not bad totals by any stretch, but not spectacular for a productive winger known for hard work, physical play, and most importantly, timely scoring.

Since going goalless for 10 straight games dating from Nov. 27 until Dec. 17, Simmonds has scored five goals and two assists, doubling his goal total, and giving a team that looked hopeless in terms of secondary scoring months ago a chance to be lethal in that department.

It was not as if "Wayne Train" wasn't capable. He scored 28 goals two seasons ago, and if a lockout-shortened 2013 season spanned 82 games, Simmonds could have replicated that goal total again, scoring 15 goals in 45 games.

(Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line; October 24, 2013)