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Sestito, Shelley are irrelevant to the Flyers

The one-trick pony enforcer is dying in today's NHL.

No longer is it worth having a guy on the team who only fights and skates five minutes of ice time per game. Instead, the guys who are willing to drop the gloves also have a clue as to what to do with a hockey stick and when the puck is on it.

That leaves Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito practically irrelevant on the Flyers and their pursuit of a successful season.

On and off, the two have been in the line up for the Flyers. And in the rarest, and most unfortunate occasions, the two goons were in the line up together for five times this season. In those five times, the Flyers are 1-3-1.

Schenn, Simmonds welcome a new presence

Before the season started, people doubted whether or not Zac Rinaldo would make the 23-man roster.

Now, Rinaldo has earned his way onto the third line.

Though it may be temporary, Rinaldo made a huge impact in Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Predators playing on the third line and it may have been the game that gives the 21-year-old a true crack at more ice time.

Before Thursday’s game, Rinaldo was averaging a little over six minutes of ice time, was a minus-7 and had only four points. But in that game, Rinaldo eclipsed the 10-minute mark for only the third time all season in his 36 games, skating a season hight 11:11.

End of the line for Shelley?

There were several memorable moments from HBO’s month long stay with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The network’s all-access show, 24/7, provided fans a glimpse inside a world that had previously been foreign to them.

Besides all the entertaining off-ice activity, the four-part documentary also showed how the players interact with one another on the ice.

Peter Laviolette, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell all displayed that they each have a colorful way of expressing themselves when they go to work.

However, the most informative instance on the show came from an unlikely source.

Mr. Irrelevant.

Briere, Jagr and Rinaldo Injured against Devils

The injury bug continues to plague the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following their 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, it was reported by several sources that Daniel Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Zac Rinaldo have all sustain injuries ranging in severity.

Matt Brigidi fills you in on the latest.

Rinaldo out; Bryzgalov In against Wild

Zac Rinaldo is injured and Ilya Bryzgalov gets a vote of confidence from his coach.

Regardless of Injuries Flyers continue to push Forward

Nothing about Thursday night was unfamiliar to the Philadelphia Flyers.

For a team that has missed a combined total of 132 man-games due to injury/illness this season, taking the ice without a key player in their lineup has become commonplace.

On this night, the Flyers were forced to challenge the Central Division leading Chicago Blackhawks without the aide of the third-highest scorer on their team, Jaromir Jagr.

This too was nothing new.

Briere looks to pick up scoring in absence of Jagr

At this point, it’s strange when some one isn’t getting injured on the Flyers.

The unfortunate trend continued into the New Year, when Jaromir Jagr started things off as only a member of the Flyers could, with another injury.

While it will be no easy to task to replace the team’s third-highest point producer, the situation does provide a golden opportunity for several members of the team.

From the fourth line to the first line

This is the big chance Sean Couturier has been waiting for.

Granted the 19-year-old wasn't in favor of it coming at the cost of Claude Giroux's noodle, Couturier is looking forward to shedding Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk as line mates in favor of a future Hall of Famer and one of the best goal-scoring pests in the NHL.

Couturier will see a promotion to the first scoring line with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell tomorrow night in Washington.

In the second period of the Flyers 5-2 win over Tampa Bay, Giroux suffered a freak head injury. While down, forward Wayne Simmonds tried to avoid Giroux but caught him in the back of the head with his knee.

Zac Rinaldo Wants to Score Goals

Zac Rinaldo has quickly established himself as the physical presence on this year's team. TCL's Matt Brigidi had the opportunity to talk with Rinaldo about his hitting game, his influences and his future. Check out what he said.

Lundqvist shuts out Flyers

The Winter Classic saw it's first preview of the season with the two teams squaring off at center ring in Madison Square Garden. But it was New York who threw the first punches in their 2-0 shut out win Saturday afternoon.