There is a laundry list of reasons given when a team doesn’t perform well: tension in the locker room, injuries, a lack of jump, so on and so forth. The team vows that they’ll play better next time, that they’ll keep working at it, and they’ll be just fine.
That’s a vow the Flyers are going to need to keep in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, after dropping two games in a row to the New Jersey Devils and falling a game behind in the series.
A one-game deficit might not sound like that big of an issue, but with the way the Flyers have played over the last two games, tying the series up seems like a much more daunting task than it usually might.
There have been slow starts, lapses in communication, weak goals allowed, and defensive breakdowns – things that the team has been dealing with all season. After 91 games, it’s about time that they figure out a solution to those issues.
There were several times that Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils should have been over. Long before Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game to give the Flyers the 4-3 overtime win, the two teams should have been home, resting up and mentally preparing for Game 2.
Yet, a handful of missed opportunities by both teams led to an instance of free hockey.
The long-awaited playoff debut for James van Riemsdyk is finally here.
The left-winger, who had missed the last seven weeks with a broken foot, will be in tonight’s line up for the Flyers for Game 5 in Pittsburgh. He will likely be skating on the third line with Jake Voracek and Matt Read.
Tim Pinaccio of CSN tweeted the update: "JVR arrives with first group of players which indicates he is in rinaldo was not with that group."
Going by that tweet, Rinaldo will not dress for tonight's game even though he was not suspended for his actions in the 10-3 loss during Game 4.
After a good practice on Thursday, the man they call “JvR” said he is ready to play. But whether he will play will be up to the people in charge.
Both the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are racking up the injuries. Absences on both teams are taking their toll. The Wings have fell out of first place in the league and in the Central Division, so it is very important for the Wings to rack up the points.
The Wings are missing many defensemen, including star Nicklas Lidstrӧm. Jonathan Ericsson is still out from a fractured wrist. Jakub Kindl left the game against Chicago early due to an upper body injury. Pavel Datsyuk is still missing from the line up. Jimmy Howard and Todd Bertuzzi both have groin strains. Danny Cleary did not practice due to some issues with his knees, but is said to be fine to play against the Flye...
Blocking shots has not been kind to the Flyers this season. And unfortunately for them, James van Riemsdyk found that out the hard way.
The 22-year-old forward, who has not had the best of luck this season injury-wise, went down to block a shot, breaking his foot in the Flyers 6-3 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday.
The Flyers Twitter account tweeted a statement from general manager Paul Holmgren during the game. "van Riemsdyk has a broken bone in his left foot and will not return. He will see Dr. Raikin tomorrow for further evaluation."
On the play, van Riemsdyk went down to block a shot from Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina, which hit him on the foot. While still on the ice, van Riemsdyk was able to coral the puck and clear it from the zone before struggling to get up and staggering to the bench and down the tunnel.
It has been reported by several credible sources that teams have been inquiring about van Rimesdyk’s availability. Through all of it, general manager Paul Holmgren and the Flyers have expressed that they are not interested in moving the forward.
However, that is something the organization has said before and it’s not out of the question that they have a change of heart with the right deal.
“If [being traded] has to happen, whatever, it’s part of the game,” van Riemsdyk said on Saturday. “I’m just focused on what’s going on now and that’s helping the Flyers win games.”
While it’s unclear as to what the team is going to do, what is clear is that van Riemsdyk’s stock is probably as high as it could possibly be coming off a concussion.
Riding off the momentum a two-goal game against the Penguins on Saturday, Jagr found the back of the net in overtime to cap off a come-from-behind win against the Winnipeg Jets, 5-4. The win prevented a series sweep from the Jets for the season.
Jagr's opportunistic goal wouldn't have come if it weren't for the timeliest of Wayne Simmonds' 22 goals this season. With goalie Ilya Bryzgalov pulled, James van Riemsdyk set up Simmonds with a pass pass in front of the net that number 17 tapped through Ondrej Pavelic's legs to tie the game, 4-4, with under 10 seconds left in the game.
It has been two different types of February for the Flyers heroes on Tuesday.