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On a Team Looking for Consistent Energy, Zac Rinaldo Is Supplying It

It has been very apparent that the Flyers have struggled to get a consistent effort from any of their forwards this season.

Top players like Danny Briere and Claude Giroux have struggled, young players like Tye McGinn have been taken in and out of the lineup, and enforcers like Tom Sestito have made lineup changes even more interesting. It’s tough to think of a player that has provided a consistent effort while performing his specific role.

When you get down to it, Zac Rinaldo may very well be your guy.

(Pictured: Zac Rinaldo reacts after scoring in the third period on Monday. AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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?

Jersey Fresh: Flyers Look to Pick Two Points in the Garden State

The Flyers travel to North Jersey where they hope to slow down a hot Devils team. A win here is two big points closer to the top of the Atlantic Division.

Flyers Start Six-Game Road Trip in Toronto

The Flyers, who have earned points in each of their last four games, start a six-game road trip in Toronto. Luke Schenn returns to Toronto to face the team who drafted him.

Luke Schenn Returns to Toronto on Monday

When the Flyers acquired defenseman Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs, expectations obviously were extremely high.

On Monday night, the elder Schenn returns to Toronto to face the team that he spent the first four seasons with.

(Pictured: Luke Schenn battles for the puck on Saturday. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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)

Timonen "99 Percent Sure" That Next Season Is His Last

The Flyers were put in a bind and Kimmo Timonen knew it.

Using the tough situation the Flyers were in, Timonen used it to his advantage to sign a one-year, $6 million deal with the Flyers for the 2013-14 season. But for Timonen, next season could be his last.

"That's it. 99 percent sure that's my last," said the 37-year-old Finnish defenseman, who is in the middle of his 13th season in the NHL.

Timonen, who will be 38 next month, was going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season before signing his extension. He was unsure whether or not this was going to be his last season in the NHL, but some conversations with general manager Paul Holmgren helped changed those feelings.

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Failure to Develop a Blue Line May Have Cost the Flyers JvR

Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.

All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.

In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.

(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Flyers Score Three Power Play Goals in Win

It was no secret the Flyers were having problems on special teams.

Heading into Saturday's game against Carolina, the Flyers power play was 24th in the league at 12.5% (5-for-40). They improved upon that number, going 3-for-3 in their 5-3 win over the Hurricanes.

Kurtis Foster, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux all earned tallies on the power play. For Foster and Briere, those were their first goals of the season while Giroux's goal was his first in nine days.

They weren't getting goals easy though. Most of their power play chances ended in frustration as they could neither bury or set up quality scoring chances.

(Pictured: Claude Giroux celebrates with Tye McGinn and Danny Briere after scoring. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Flyers Powerplay, Bryzgalov Come Alive In 5-3 Win Over Carolina

The Flyers were a dismal 5-for-40 on the powerplay heading into the game, good for 24th in the league at 12.5%.

That number increased after the Flyers' offensive outburst with the man advantage and it helped them snap a three-game losing streak with their 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.

The Flyers went 3-for-3 on the power play, by far their best special teams effort of the season.

(Pictured: Kurtis Foster celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)