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Flyers Set To Face Islanders For Last Time This Season

The Philadelphia Flyers (40-22-7) and the New York Islanders (28-31-11) will meet for the final time this season when they face each other tonight at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers won the last meeting between these teams (6-2), even though they entered that game with a 3-5 record in the eight games prior.

A different Flyers team will be coming to the arena tonight.

Trade Deadline Gone, Roster Set As Flyers Face Sharks

With the trade deadline in their review mirrors, the Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-7) close out a four game road trip tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks (32-22-7).

The Flyers were quiet on trade deadline day this season but have not been quiet the last two weeks, adding Nick Grossman and Pavel Kubina to shore up their defense for this season's playoff run.

Bryz-Fortunate: Bryzgalov Finally Trumps In Shootout

For much of the season, the shootout has not been very friendly to the Flyers, especially goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

But for one night, the planets aligned for Bryzgalov and the Flyers.

A big blocker stop, a pad stack, and left-handed larceny all came out of Bryzgalov's bag of tricks as he won his first shoot out of the season. It was Matt Read's snipe in round five that capped off the Flyers 5-4 come-from-behind win.

The first half of the game resembled the Flyers heartless outing on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers; a game in which they dropped 2-0 against one of the weakest teams in the Western Conference.

For over a period and a half of play, the Flyers lacked any type of inspiration. Poor penalty killing, weak play from Bryzgalov and a bad turnover on the power play led to a quick 3-0 lead for the Flames.

Trade Deadline: Even A Defenseman Can't Save These Flyers

The Flyers are considered to be buyers in the coming weeks as the trade deadline rolls near.

Players like Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Shea Weber as well as Toronto’s Luke Schenn have been mentioned in numerous possible trade situations and rumors. But in the end, will it all matter for the Flyers?

Before this turns into a column writing off the Flyers, take a step back and look at the situation the team is in. They are currently eight points behind the Rangers for the Atlantic Division lead while resting with the fourth seed.

But on the other side of the Flyers, they are only eight points ahead of the ninth place Capitals. The Flyers could very easily be in the bottom half of the playoff tree when April rolls around and their possible match ups could spell doom.

Matt Read: A Veteran Presence at a Rookie Price

In Philadelphia, sports fans know that maintaining a high level of success can require the presence of players who’ve been there before and deep pockets.

But in the case of Matt Read, the Flyers have struck gold with a rookie who not only plays like a seasoned veteran, but is worth well more than the payroll would lead you to believe.

With a current salary of $800,000 and a cap hit of $900,000 per year, Read is quite possibly the best bargain in the NHL.

Simmonds' Hard Work Pays Off

It’s not hard to see.

Even the most casual of fans can tell you that Wayne Simmonds is the classic example of the kind of athlete that Philadelphia fans love to call their own.

Hardworking, physical and largely underappreciated away from Philly, Simmonds is the kind player that doesn’t always come to the forefront of your mind when discussing skills, but is always number one when you talk about heart.

However, that doesn’t mean that Simmonds doesn’t have skills.

Although it may not be his forte, it’s ill advised to underestimate the 23-year old’s ability to contribute to the offensive phase of the game.

This was made evident on Thursday night when the gritty forward scored two goals against the Nashville Predators.

Flyers Penalty Kill Looms Large Against Nashville

The Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night was one of the team’s most complete games of the season.

With all four forward lines operating like a well-oiled machine, the team managed to shell shock a Nashville team that was in the midst of a five-game winning streak.

The standout moments came in the form of Wayne Simmonds’ two-goal night, the energy of his line with Brayden Schenn and Zac Rinaldo, and the near flawless play of Ilya Bryzgalov.

However, it can’t be understated how important the team’s penalty kill was in the game’s outcome.

Jagr's Return Shining Moment in Snoozefest

The majority of Tuesday night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Winnipeg Jets was ugly.

After the two teams generated 27 combined goals in their first two meetings, the game had the promise of another offensive shootout.

Instead, it resulted in the other kind of shootout, one that came after 65-minutes of uninspired hockey.

With each team struggling to generate any kind of enthusiasm for the first game back from the All-Star break, fans were witnesses to a less than memorable matchup.

However, there was one player who looked more than ready to get back to action.

After re-aggravating a groin injury against the New Jersey Devils last week, Jaromir Jagr returned to the lineup for the first time in ten days.

Banged Up Flyers Face Florida Panthers Leading Into The All-Star Break

The Philadelphia Flyers (28-14-5) head down to Florida to face the Florida Panthers tonight in what will be their last game before the All-Star break.

The break could not come soon enough for the Flyers as several players have been banged up recently and the seven days off should give some of these players time to heal physically and mentally.

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.