Vincent Lecavalier

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Stop The Line Shuffling

Allow me, for a minute, to draw a parallel. Another hockey team in a rut has forced its head coach to change the lines on a nightly basis.

"Truth be told, [coach] is doing what every coach would do. He feels he has to fix the problems, so he starts trying all sorts of new ways to fix the problems. The irony is that last season when the team was playing well, he seemed to leave the lineup alone, creating a calm consistency..."

"Most would feel this lineup, on paper, would be better."

This situation sounds awful familiar, doesn't it?

Flyers defensemen Coburn, MacDonald out four weeks

The Flyers took a huge blow to their already weak blue line.

Veteran defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald are expected to miss four weeks each due to injury.

The Flyers, who have seven defensemen on their roster prior to the injuries, will need to call one up. Mark Alt is expected to be that player called up.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: Forwards

The Flyers are going to rely on a balanced offense this season with the woes coming on the back-end. How fast the offense can start up this season will be key.

The first month of the season won’t be easy either. The Flyers begin their first week with back-to-back games in Boston on Wednesday and home on Thursday against New Jersey. The rest of the month is harder than running the gauntlet with games against Montreal, Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay. On the Devils didn’t make the playoffs last season, but were in the Stanley Cup Final two years ago.

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1: Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers

By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.

Flyers Lock Up Playoff Spot; Beat Panthers

The Flyers are in the playoffs.

After a dismal start to the season, the firing of coach and the questioning of their captain's mettle, the Flyers locked up a spot in the playoffs with a 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday.

Claude Giroux, the captain in question, scored two goals in a span of two minutes, 21 seconds in the second period. He now has 27 goals on the season and is fourth in the NHL with 81 points.

Rask Stones Flyers Comeback; Bruins Win in Shootout

Tuukka Rask is good at getting in the way of things.

The Flyers were on the verge of another third period comeback, but it was Rask who stood in their way. He also stood in the way of 49 shots, leading the Bruins to a 4-3 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

Rask proved why Boston gave him an extension in the offseason. Rask was also the reason Boston skated away with two points.

He fought off an Flyers onslaught in the third period. Philadelphia out-shot Boston 52-30 on the game, including 17-6 in the third period and 8-1 in overtime.

(Photo: Boston goalie Tuukka Rask stops Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek in the shootout. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Giroux Leads Flyers Past Leafs

The Flyers are on the right track to make the playoffs, and it's Claude Giroux who is leading them there.

Giroux added another three points to his season total, helping the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flyers, putting them back in the playoff hunt.

The Flyers scored first, and came at the Maple Leafs early. It was the exact opposite of their effort against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Read Scores Twice As Flyers Shut Out Penguins

The Flyers needed to find a way to get back on track after a pair of losses.

They did just that Saturday afternoon. Facing the Penguins at home, the Flyers played one of their best games all season, shutting out Pittsburgh 4-0.

It was the Flyers' first regular season shutout of the Penguins since April 6, 2008, and just the 10th time in 46 games they held Sidney Crosby without a point.

(Photo: Braydon Coburn defends Sidney Crosby in the first period. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Lecavalier's Resurgence Proves Promising

It has not been a fun year for new Flyer Vincent Lecavalier. Once a long-standing captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, his contract became a boat anchor under a new CBA and a constricted salary cap. Thus, his time as a full-time Floridian came to an end.

Suitors abounded for this man's services after news of his release. Lecavalier, a first overall pick back in 1998, and once described as the "Michael Jordan of hockey," had a spot on many rosters across the NHL at a bit of a subdued monetary rate.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren disregarded this, became the highest bidder, and signed a five-year pact worth $22.5 million. 14 goals, 12 assists and 49 games later, fan impatience hit a crescendo when he went long stretches with nary a point to show for it. In a time where nobody was scoring, Lecavalier scored five of his goals during that span.

Then, more frustration.

(Photo by David Swanson/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Flyers Silence Kings After Rough Game In Anaheim

The Flyers have just two wins in their last seven games. Both of those wins are shutouts.

The Flyers blanked the Kings, 2-0, just days after getting scorched for five goals against the Ducks. Earlier in the week, they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-0 drubbing of the Red Wings.

The game looked to be a low-scoring affair early as the teams tallied just 12 shots in a scoreless first.

Wayne Simmonds scored his 100th career goal in the win. It was also his first trip back at the Staples Center since 2011 when he was traded to Philadelphia, making the goal even more special.

(Photo: Wayne Simmonds scores the easiest of his 100 career goals in the second period. Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)