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Flyers Bested By Wild, Playoff Picture Looking Grim

March 26th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Marred in a three game losing streak, the Philadelphia Flyers playoff picture was starting to get a little blurry. The Flyers iced a lineup against the Minnesota Wild that was void of their number two centre and top scorer in Jeff Carter and arguably their most consistent defenseman, Matt Carle. Add the fact that the Flyers were also dressing their third string goalie and there were not a lot of fans of the Orange and Black that were confident coming into tonight’s match. For their part, the Minnesota Wild also had a number of scratches on the night, including defenseman Shane Hnidy and franchise player Mikko Koivu. The Wild have been struggling as of late, going a mediocre 4-5-1 in their past ten games. Nobody is suggesting that the Wild are easy pray,

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Jeff Carter Out For The Season, Giroux To Step Up?

March 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter If the Philadelphia Flyers are going to make the playoffs this season it looks as if they will have to do so without the services of Centre Jeff Carter. The Flyers have announced that Carter is expected to be out of the lineup with a fracture of his left foot for up to three to four weeks. When you do the math, three to four weeks would mean Carter will likely not make it back into the Flyers lineup until the first round of the playoffs…that is if they make it. Through 72 games the Flyers have amassed 79 points, which puts them sixth overall in the NHL’s Eastern Conference (tied with the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators), just three points up on the eighth place Boston Bruins and four up on the

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Ritter’s Rant: News And Notes From Around The NHL

March 20th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Given the severity of the hit on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook I completely understand why he is pissed off at Anaheim Ducks defenseman (and friend of Seabrook) James Wisnewski. That said, it is a long know fact that once the puck drops there are no friends on the ice, always has and always will be that way. I suspect once Seabrook has time to reflect on this that he will realize that Wisnewski was merely doing his job, albeit in a dangerous and gutless fashion. Seabrook can be mad at James Wisnewski the hockey player, but if they are really as tight as they suggest they are, then Seabrook can’t be mad at Wisnewski as a friend, can he? For the record, Seabrook practiced yesterday and feels ready to go as soon

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Ritter’s Rant: Notes From Around The NHL

March 18th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Not doubt about it, James Wisniewski was guilty of a dirty hit on Brent Seabrook and probably deserved the eight game suspension he received. The Question is, why didn’t the NHL investigate the Seabrook hit on Corey Perry a little further—a hit that was clearly a headshot, something the NHL is trying to get out of the game. As much as I’d like to applaud the NHL for FINALLY standing up for the player (Seabrook) I gotta believe that if the NHL had been tougher/more consistent on headshots Wisniewski wouldn’t have taken matters in his own hands. This is exactly why the NHL should immediately enforce the newly proposed headshot rules, everyday the NHL waits is another day in which the players will have to police the game themselves and that will only

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Are The Flyers In Trouble Long-term?

March 17th, 2010 No Comments

Heading into tonight’s action against the Nashville Predators the Philadelphia Flyers were 6-3-1 in their past ten games—not bad, but perhaps not good enough to hold onto the seventh seed in the eastern Conference—especially when you consider the Montreal Canadiens are on a five game winning streak of their own. Current struggles aside, may fans of the Orange and Black see a team that has a chance at long-term success and perhaps even a Stanley Cup victory. Like most fans, the Flyers faithful tend to look at their team with rose colored glasses, seeing only the positives and not dealing with the true reality. The honest truth about the Flyers is this—for as many positives there are negatives and those negatives may very well get compounded come next season. According to nhlnumbers.com, Heading into the 2010-11 season the Flyers will

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Is Fourth Place In The Eastern Conference Attainable For The Philadelphia Flyers?

March 10th, 2010 No Comments

Heading into Wednesday night’s action the Philadelphia Flyers sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The odds of the Flyers catching the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Atlantic Division which would give the team home ice advantage throughout the playoffs are slim to none and slim just left the building. The good news for Flyers fans is that the Orange and Black are just a mere five points behind the fourth place New Jersey Devils and fifth place Ottawa Senators, two teams that, with a little luck, could be caught in the standings. Thus far, Philadelphia has played 65 games, New Jersey 64, Buffalo 64 and Ottawa 67. What it all amounts to is if the Flyers want to get a favorable seeding in the East they will have to do it the good old fashioned

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