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Flyers plan to bring up Scott Laughton | 04/24/2014 6:01 PM
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Philadelphia has announced that they will bring up prospect Scott Laughton.
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Impact
He had 40 goals and 87 points in 54 regular season games with OHL Oshawa. Laughton also added 11 points in nine playoff matches. It isn't clear yet if he'll join the Black Aces or if he'll get a chance to play.
Flyers will start Steve Mason on Friday night | 04/24/2014 12:20 PM
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Steve Mason will get the nod for Philadelphia on Friday night in Game 4.
Sarah Baicker on Twitter

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He missed the first two games of the Flyers' first round series versus the New York Rangers because of an upper-body injury and returned to serve as Ray Emery's backup in Game 3.
Berube sure Mason will be ready if needed | 04/24/2014 9:36 AM
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Flyers coach Craig Berube is sure Steve Mason is ready to start in a postseason game if called upon.
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Mason, who had been dealing with an upper-body injury, replaced Ray Emery late in the third period of Game 3 on Tuesday. "I think the practice time he's had he's looked fine," Berube said on Wednesday. "He hasn't really been with us as a team so much, we haven't practiced a lot as a team. There's been three goalies out there. We'll see tomorrow. He's going to be on the ice with us tomorrow, and we'll go from there." Philadelphia isn't likely to reveal its starting goaltender for Game 4 until just before the contest starts.
Steve Mason ready to start if needed | 04/23/2014 2:02 PM
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Steve Mason isn't sure if he will start in Game 4, but he's available if needed.
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Impact
Mason served as the backup goaltender on Tuesday. Ray Emery allowed four goals on 16 shots before being pulled, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Mason get the nod on Friday.
Claude Giroux had an assist Tuesday | 04/23/2014 10:45 AM
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Claude Giroux recorded an assist in Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
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Giroux also had two shots on goal after failing to get any in the first two games of the Flyers' first round series. He had 28 goals and 86 points in 82 contests during the regular season.
Ray Emery allows four, Rangers smack Flyers | 04/22/2014 11:14 PM
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Ray Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots and was pulled in favor of the injured Steve Mason late in Tuesday night's Game 3, which the Flyers lost 4-1.
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Impact
Mason stopped all three shots he faced in the final eight minutes of the game, meaning Emery might have seen his last action if Mason is good to go for Friday's Game 4. Emery is 1-2 with a .888 save percentage and 3.49 goals against average, signifying that if Philly has any shot at making a run, they will need Mason back tending the pipes.
Mark Streit lights the lamp, Flyers fall flat | 04/22/2014 11:06 PM
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Mark Streit's first goal of the playoffs was all the Flyers could manage against the Rangers in Game 3, as Philadelphia fell 4-1 to New York on Tuesday night.
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Impact
The Flyers outshot the Rangers 32-23, but the offense did not spark despite the home crowd "boost." Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux notched the assists on Streit's goal, as the Flyers will try and bounce back on Friday night.
Steve Mason (upper body) will backup Tuesday | 04/22/2014 5:25 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday.
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Impact
Ray Emery will still start for the Flyers. With Mason back, Emery will be on a shorter leash, but Emery's been solid thus far and it wouldn't be surprising if Philadelphia ran with him until he gives them a reason to do otherwise.
Vincent Lecavalier moves up to second line | 04/22/2014 1:45 PM
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Vincent Lecavalier is projected to center the second line in Game 3 on Tuesday.
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Impact
Lecavalier averaged just 8:24 minutes of ice time in the Flyers' first two games of the 2014 playoffs. He didn't live up to expectations during the regular season, but he's still a major offensive threat. His linemates will likely be Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Rangers haven't let Claude Giroux get a SOG | 04/22/2014 1:42 PM
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Claude Giroux hasn't recorded a shot on goal yet in the 2014 playoffs.
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Impact
Giroux has an assist and plus-three rating in two games, but the Flyers are hoping to get more out of him offensively. "He worked hard, and you've got to keep continuing to work hard and find shots," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "They're tight-checking [and] they're good at it. . He's going to get checked. He's got to fight through it. He understands that. He's working hard and doing that." Giroux ranked third in the NHL with 86 points in 82 games this season.
Steve Downie (UBI) is now out indefinitely | 04/22/2014 1:11 PM
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Steve Downie (upper body) is officially out "indefinitely" as opposed to day-to-day.
Frank Seravalli on Twitter

Impact
It's believed that Downie's upper-body injury is actually a concussion. He previously suffered one in November and Frank Seravalli's sources believe that his current symptoms stem from that injury. If that's the case, then Downie played through the head injury for the better part of the season, which would be a troubling and disturbing revelation to say the least.
Steve Mason: There's no reason to pull Emery | 04/22/2014 10:33 AM
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Steve Mason (upper body) isn't sure that he would start on Tuesday even if he was healthy.
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Mason credited Ray Emery with leading the Flyers to victory in Game 2. "I think even if I was ready there's no reason to take him out right now," Mason said. Either way, Mason remains day-to-day and won't be available on Tuesday.
Steve Mason isn't ready to return yet | 04/21/2014 1:59 PM
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Steve Mason won't return to the lineup on Tuesday from his upper-body injury.
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He reported that his condition is improving. Mason also said there's no rush for him to return because Ray Emery is playing well, but he's aiming to be ready for Friday in Game 4.
Ray Emery will be back in goal on Tuesday | 04/21/2014 1:55 PM
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Ray Emery will be in goal for the Flyers in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Steve Mason has been ruled out for the contest, so Cal Heeter will serve as Emery's backup again. Emery bounced back from a rough start in Game 2 to help Philadelphia rally for a 4-2 victory. As a result, there's a good chance that he would've started Game 3 even if Mason was ready.
Steve Mason no sure thing for Game 3 | 04/21/2014 8:35 AM
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Steve Mason's (upper body) status is still up in the air for Game 3.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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Mason was unable to finish practice on Saturday and last played on April 12 when he faced the Penguins but was pulled in the middle of the game with the upper body injury. If he is unable to go, then Ray Emery will get the start. Emery has played well in the first two games of the series so the Flyers have confidence in their backup netminder.
Luke Schenn scores game winner for the Flyers | 04/21/2014 8:22 AM
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Luke Schenn's second period goal was the winner as the Flyers beat the Rangers 4-2 Sunday.
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Impact
It was only his second postseason appearance as Schenn spent the first four seasons of his career playing for Toronto and was dealt to the Flyers in the 2012 off-season. This season was the first time his team had played in the playoffs and he picked up his first goal in only his second playoff game. "It's nice," Schenn said. "Obviously, it's nice to contribute offensively. I try to take care of the D zone first, but it was nice to contribute. In playoffs, it doesn't matter who does it. Everyone's got to chip in."
Big turnaround for Jason Akeson in Game 2 | 04/21/2014 8:18 AM
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It was a big turnaround in Game 2 for Jason Akeson.
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Akeson scored his first NHL playoff goal on Sunday and it came after he took a double minor in Game 1 which resulted in a couple of power play goals for the Rangers which put the game out of reach. His power play goal tied the game at two apiece. "I don't think a bad penalty is going to determine if I play harder or not, I try my hardest no matter what," Akeson said. "It was unfortunate for the first game, but we looked past it. We won the second game, and now we look onto the third."
Jakub Voracek helps Flyers even series | 04/20/2014 3:14 PM
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Philadelphia enjoyed scoring by committee on Sunday as multiple players contributed to the Flyers' 4-2 win against the New York Rangers in Game 2, tying the series at 1-1.
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Impact
Jakub Voracek was one of those people who found the net, scoring a goal on a nice power move. There seems to be little reason to hesitate investing premium fantasy picks/assets in a player who's clearly Claude Giroux's running mate.
Ray Emery finishes strong for Flyers win | 04/20/2014 3:12 PM
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Ray Emery played a big role in the Philadelphia Flyers evening their series 1-1 against the New York Rangers thanks to a 4-2 Game 2 win on Sunday.
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Emery got his first win since 2010-11 with the Anaheim Ducks, stopping 31 out of 33 shots. With Steve Mason's health in question, it should be interesting to see who starts for the Flyers in Game 3. Emery at least made an argument for himself with this performance.
Flyers in trouble at Madison Square Garden | 04/20/2014 9:37 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have lost their last nine games at Madison Square Garden.
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Impact
To make matters worse, the Flyers have been outscored 35-10 in the nine games. They play Game 2 there on Sunday and will need to win at least once at MSG if they hope to advance to the second round.
Steve Downie to miss Game 2 with UBI | 04/20/2014 9:34 AM
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Steve Downie will not play in Game 2 Sunday due to an upper body injury.
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Downie also missed Game 1 and has been out of the Flyers lineup since March 23. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Vincent Lecavalier does nothing in Game 1 | 04/20/2014 9:31 AM
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Vincent Lecavalier played only 7:42 minutes in Game 1.
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Impact
It was the least amount of ice time that any Flyer forward received in the game and it must seem like quite a shock for a player of Lecavalier's talent. He has been relegated to a bottom six spot among forwards but he does see a lot of time on the power play. The problem with that was the Rangers only took one penalty in Game 1. Hopefully the 34-year-old to be on Monday, will get his game turned around.
Steve Mason looking at Game 3 | 04/20/2014 9:27 AM
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Steve Mason will not play Sunday because of an upper body injury.
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Mason had a good practice on Saturday but tired near the end of it so Ray Emery will start Game 2 with Cal Heeter as his backup. Mason is close to 100 percent and hopes to be there on Tuesday when the Flyers play their first home game of the playoffs.
Ray Emery to get the start on Sunday | 04/20/2014 8:23 AM
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Ray Emery will be between the pipes on Sunday.
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Emery played in Game 1 as he allowed four goals on 36 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers. With starter Steve Mason still unable to go due to an upper body injury, Emery will try to square the series at one apiece. Teammate Wayne Simmonds thought that Emery was terrific in Game 1 as he made numerous great saves.
Steve Mason won't play in Game 2 Sunday | 04/19/2014 1:37 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) won't play Sunday.
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However, there were indications at Saturday's practice that he is getting closer. He'll try to get ready for Game 3 on Tuesday night back in Philadelphia. Cal Heeter will continue to serve as Ray Emery's backup while is Mason sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Steve Mason returns to practice Saturday | 04/19/2014 1:00 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) participated in Saturday's practice.
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He is aiming to return on Sunday, so this is a positive sign. Cal Heeter, who served as Ray Emery's backup in Game 1, didn't take part in the session.
Flyers G Steve Mason could be back Sunday | 04/19/2014 11:13 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.
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Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion. Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden. "I felt pretty good for being on the ice for the first time in a couple of days. It was a good step," the 25-year-old Mason said. "I felt great movement-wise. It was a pretty controlled setting and it felt good. "I'll know exactly when I am ready to go physically, but it is also a management and doctor's decision, as well." Ray Emery made 32 saves in Mason's absence Thursday.
Steve Mason practices, might play Sunday | 04/18/2014 1:19 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) took part in Friday's practice.
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"It's my first time on the ice in a couple days, and it's a good step," Mason said."I felt good." He faced shots during the morning skate and might be ready to return on Sunday. He missed the Flyers' final regular season game and playoff opener.
Wayne Simmonds defends Ray Emery | 04/18/2014 10:17 AM
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Wayne Simmonds defended teammate Ray Emery's play in Philadelphia's 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of the first round.
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Impact
Emery was playing between the pipes because Steve Mason was unavailable due to an upper-body injury. Emery ended up stopping 32 of 36 shots. "Ray played unbelievable," Simmonds said. "He make the saves when he needed to. He made big saves. They had a four-minute power play there where they kind of stretched us out. They got two goals. I don't think he really had a chance on those. They were crossing passes. He played awesome for us. He played unreal."
Flyers get least SOG in playoff game since 08 | 04/18/2014 10:14 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers fell apart in the third period of Game 1 of the first round.
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Not to suggest that Philadelphia was having a good game before that, despite the fact they were tied 1-1 with the New York Rangers through 40 minutes. However, the Flyers got into some penalty trouble and the Rangers took over, out shooting the Flyers 13-1 in the final frame. Overall, Philadelphia managed just 15 shots on goal, which is their lowest total in a playoff game since 2008.
Andrew MacDonald scores lone goal in loss | 04/17/2014 9:50 PM
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Andrew MacDonald scored the only Flyers goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.
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Impact
The blueliner who recently signed a lucrative contract extension with Philadelphia is best known for his shot-blocking ability, but he was the only member of the Flyers to beat Henrik Lundqvist on this night. Scott Hartnell drew the lone assist on MacDonald's tally.
Ray Emery struggles in opening game loss | 04/17/2014 9:48 PM
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Flyers goaltender Ray Emery struggled in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.
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Starting in place of number one netminder Steve Mason (upper body), Emery allowed four goals on 36 shots in the defeat, though he only deserves part of the blame as the Flyers were soundly outplayed on this night. With Mason's status for Game 2 still unclear, it's looking like Philly may have to use its backup again.
Jason Akeson excited for playoff debut | 04/17/2014 3:19 PM
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Jason Akeson will play in his first NHL playoff game Thursday night.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
He recorded an assist in his debut with the Flyers in Sunday's regular season finale against Carolina. Akeson will play alongside Sean Couturier and Matt Read versus the Rangers.
Steve Mason's status uncertain for Game 2 | 04/17/2014 2:10 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) is feeling better, according to Flyers coach Craig Berube.
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Impact
He is projected to join the team in New York on Friday, which is a good sign. However, he won't be in the lineup Thursday for Game 1 against the Rangers and his status for Game 2 is still unclear.
Berube doesn't think loss of Mason is a blow | 04/17/2014 10:01 AM
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Flyers coach Craig Berube fought against the idea that losing Steve Mason to an upper-body injury sets the Flyers back.
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"I don't think our team feels like it's a blow at all," Berube said. "I totally disagree. Listen: There's injuries. Things happen, like I said. You're not always 100 percent. Good teams find a way to get it done." Emery will start in Game 1 of the first round as a result of Mason's injury. Emery doesn't have a ton of playoff experience, but he did lead Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. At the same time, he had a lukewarm 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 games in 2013-14.
Ray Emery will start in Game 1 vs. Rangers | 04/16/2014 12:21 PM
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Ray Emery will play in Game 1 of Philadelphia's series against the New York Rangers.
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Impact
Steve Mason is dealing with an upper-body injury, so the Flyers need Emery to step up in his absence. Emery is certainly capable of doing that, but he struggled in the regular season with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 games.
Steve Mason is out for Game 1 on Thursday | 04/16/2014 12:18 PM
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Steve Mason (upper body) will not participate in Game 1 on Thursday.
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Mason was hurt on Saturday when teammate Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him. Mason had a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage in 61 games this season.
Mark Streit hopes to build on strong finish | 04/15/2014 7:27 PM
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Mark Streit enters the playoffs on a hot streak, as the Swiss blueliner finished with a six game points streak down the final stretch, compiling nine assists in that span and a plus-seven rating.
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The 36 year-old free agent signing has really proven his worth in the last few weeks, and the Flyers will need Streit's magic to continue come playoff time in order to get by the Rangers. Streit has nine points and 12 penalty minutes in 18 career post-season games.
Flyers sign prospect Shayne Gostisbehere | 04/15/2014 1:18 PM
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Shayne Gostisbehere has agreed to an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Impact
Gostisbehere had nine goals and 34 points in 42 games with Union College in 2013-14. He also had a plus-seven rating in Union's 7-4 victory over Minnesota in the NCAA championship game. Philadelphia took him in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Steve Downie (upper body) misses practice | 04/15/2014 12:55 PM
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Steve Downie is dealing with an upper-body injury.
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It's not clear if it's the same problem that he attempted to return from on April 8. The Flyers are calling him day-to-day, but he wasn't able to participate in Tuesday's practice.
Steve Mason's status for Game 1 is unclear | 04/15/2014 10:40 AM
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Steve Mason (upper body) is questionable for Game 1.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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"I feel he will," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said of Mason's chances of being ready in time for the first round opener, "but you never know." Mason sustained the injury when Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him during Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Andrew MacDonald signs six-year extension | 04/15/2014 10:34 AM
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Andrew MacDonald has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Impact
MacDonald was acquired from the New York Islanders on March 4 in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2014 third-round selection. He chips in offensively, but he's more of a defensive defenseman with a league-leading 242 blocked shots. Philadelphia now has six defensemen signed to one-way contracts in 2014-15 worth at least $3.5 million annually from a cap perspective. That doesn't include Erik Gustafsson, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. With that in mind, it's hard to see them re-signing Kimmo Timonen.
Hartnell receives $5,000 fine for spearing | 04/14/2014 4:35 PM
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Scott Hartnell was fined $5,000 by the NHL on Monday for spearing Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore.
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Impact
The incident occurred during the third period of Sunday's 6-5 shootout loss. The Flyers and Hartnell are lucky that he won't be suspended for the team's playoff opener on Thursday night against the Rangers.
Braydon Coburn plays all 82 games in 2013-14 | 04/14/2014 9:19 AM
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Braydon Coburn was one of seven Flyers who played all 82 games of the schedule.
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Coburn was joined by fellow defenseman Mark Streit as well as forwards Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. Coburn had five goals and 17 points with 63 penalty minutes and a minus-six rating, making him an afterthought in traditional pools.
Zac Rinaldo finishes his suspension | 04/14/2014 9:15 AM
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Zac Rinaldo has finished his four game suspension and is eligible to play in the playoffs.
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Impact
Rinaldo was suspended for his illegal check to the head on the Sabres Chad Ruhwedel. Rinaldo finished the season with 153 penalty minutes and four points. Do not look for a lot offensively from Rinaldo in the playoffs but he should pile up some penalty minutes.
Jason Akeson picks up an assist | 04/14/2014 8:50 AM
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Jason Akeson made his seasonal debut on Sunday and picked up an assist.
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Impact
Akeson played the last game of the 2012-13 season as well and scored a goal in his NHL debut then. He had 24 goals and 64 points in 70 games with Adirondack of the AHL this season.
Cal Heeter loses to Carolina in NHL debut | 04/13/2014 8:12 PM
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Philadelphia Flyers fill-in goalie Cal Heeter suffered a loss in his NHL debut as the Carolina Hurricanes won 6-5 (S0) on Sunday.
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Impact
Heeter stopped 33 out of 38 shots. The 25-year-old isn't likely to see much time, as he was giving Ray Emery a breather while Steve Mason nurses an upper-body injury.
Wayne Simmonds sets career mark with 29 G | 04/13/2014 7:48 PM
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Wayne Simmonds' 29 goals don't just represent a new career-high; he also topped all Philadelphia Flyers players this season.
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Impact
Simmonds scored two tallies to push that total to 29. He blew away his previous career-highs in points, too, as now has 60 on the season (his previous ceiling was 49). When you add his 106 PIM and 209 SOG (not to mention 15 of those goals being PPG), it's easy to see why Simmonds is one of the best power forward options in fantasy.
Kimmo Timonen a healthy scratch on Saturday | 04/13/2014 8:36 AM
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The Flyers made veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen a healthy scratch on Saturday.
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Impact
It was a good move by the Flyers as the 39-year-old blueliner has had a long season which included playing in the Olympics. Timonen may also sit on Sunday as he gets ready for the post-season. He had only five points in his first 27 games but had 14 in his last 18 before the weekend as he now has five goals and 33 points.
Jason Akeson recalled by the Flyers | 04/13/2014 8:32 AM
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The Flyers have recalled winger Jason Akeson from the minors.
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Impact
Akeson scored in his only NHL game of his career last season and will try to do the same on Sunday if he gets into the lineup. The 23-year-old had 24 goals and 64 points in 70 games with Adirondack of the AHL this season.
Flyers recall Cal Heeter from the minors | 04/13/2014 8:30 AM
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The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled goaltender Cal Heeter from the minors.
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Impact
Heeter will backup Ray Emery on Sunday as Steve Mason is recovering from an upper body injury suffered on Saturday. Heeter is 16-25-2 this season in Adirondack with a 2.65 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Ray Emery to get the start on Sunday | 04/13/2014 8:26 AM
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Ray Emery will be between the pipes for the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
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Impact
Emery came into the game Saturday at the start of the third period as Steve Mason was injured. While Mason is expected to be ready for the start of the playoffs which begin on Wednesday, Emery will take his 9-12-2 mark with a 2.96 GAA and a .903 save percentage into the finale against the Hurricanes.
Jakub Voracek helps power Flyers over Pens | 04/12/2014 7:05 PM
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Jakub Voracek tallied two goals and added an assist in Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Impact
He now has 23 goals and 61 points in 81 games this season. Claude Giroux had a three-point contest as well, with a goal and two helpers. Scott Hartnell finished the game with two assists and Mark Streit had the game winner in the extra session, while picking up a helper.
Ray Emery earns win in relief Saturday | 04/12/2014 7:00 PM
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Ray Emery picked up a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Impact
He came into the game in relief after Steve Mason exited due to injury. Emery stopped 12 of 14 shots in the match. Mason is expected to be OK for the playoffs.
Steve Mason exits Saturday as a precaution | 04/12/2014 6:58 PM
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Steve Mason left Saturday's game against Pittsburgh as a precaution.
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Impact
He suffered an upper-body injury (head/neck) after teammate Andrew MacDonald was pushed into him. Mason stopped stopped 21 shots and allowed one goal in the contest. He's expected to be ready to go in Game 1 of the playoffs, according to coach Craig Berube.
Nicklas Grossmann (foot) may return Saturday | 04/12/2014 12:14 PM
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Nicklas Grossmann (foot) might be able to return Saturday afternoon.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
He missed Thursday's game as a result of a foot injury. Grossmann has one goal and 14 points in 78 contests this season. He also has 189 hits and 174 blocked shots.
Jakub Voracek records an assist Thursday | 04/11/2014 9:57 AM
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Jakub Voracek had an assist in Philadelphia's 4-2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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Impact
It was just Voracek's second point in his last six games. He has 21 goals and 58 points in 80 games this season.
Claude Giroux reaches 82-point mark | 04/11/2014 9:53 AM
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Claude Giroux recorded an assist in Philadelphia's 4-2 loss on Thursday.
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Impact
It was Giroux's 82nd point, guaranteeing that he'll average at least a point-per-game for the third straight season. He's tied for fourth place in the NHL's scoring race.
Wayne Simmonds scores in loss to Bolts | 04/10/2014 11:19 PM
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Wayne Simmonds continued his excellent season Thursday with a goal in Philadelphia's 4-2 loss to the Lightning.
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Impact
The power play marker gives Simmonds 27 on the season and raises his point total to 58, adding to his career-best numbers. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek picked up helpers on the goal while Sean Couturier also found the back of the net in the defeat.
Ray Emery struggles in loss to Lightning | 04/10/2014 11:15 PM
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Ray Emery struggled against the Lightning Thursday, dropping a 4-2 decision.
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Impact
Emery allowed four goals on 30 shots in the defeat, which drops his record to 8-12-2. Steve Mason is set to get all the playing time for the Flyers in the postseason so Emery will likely be spending a lot of time watching from the bench. His GAA is 2.92 and his save percentage is .904.
Ray Emery will face Tampa Bay Thursday | 04/10/2014 2:04 PM
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Ray Emery will get the call for Philadelphia against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
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Impact
Steve Mason has won the Flyers' past two games, but he'll get the night off. "I'm just rotating, and I don't know why that might hurt [Mason's] confidence," coach Craig Berube said. "I thought he played a good game in Florida, and he'll get back in there again."
Timonen has bounced back from rough start | 04/10/2014 10:39 AM
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Kimmo Timonen managed to bounce back from a slow start this season.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
We were a little over a month into the season before Timonen even recorded his first point and he had five points in his first 27 contests. By comparison, he has 14 points in 18 games since the Olympic break. "I think he's a lot like the whole team," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "I think he's gotten better and better as the year went on. I think he was rejuvenated at the Olympics, going there. His team did well. He believes in his hockey team." It makes you wonder what the future might hold for Timonen, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. If he decides against retirement, the 39-year-old defenseman might be worth grabbing as a last-round gamble in standard league drafts in 2014-15.
Flyers fight for playoff positioning | 04/10/2014 10:35 AM
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Although the Philadelphia Flyers have secured a playoff berth, they still see a lot of value in their final three games.
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Impact
Philadelphia could finish as high as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division or as low as the second Wild Card spot. "Even though we made the playoffs, we don't want to fall to the bottom where Boston or Pittsburgh is waiting there," said Jakub Voracek. "We got to make sure we keep winning these last three games and hope we catch the Rangers. We got to hold off the Blue Jackets first." Surpassing the Rangers would mean securing home ice advantage in the first round. That's big for any team and the Flyers certainly aren't an exception given their 24-14-2 record at home and 17-15-7 record on the road.
Vincent Lecavalier reaches 20-goal milestone | 04/09/2014 10:46 AM
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Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia's 5-2 win over Florida.
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Impact
It was Lecavalier's second straight multi-point game. He has 20 goals and 37 points in 66 contests this season.
Sean Couturier finds back of net Tuesday | 04/09/2014 10:44 AM
News
Sean Couturier scored a goal in Philadelphia's 5-2 victory on Tuesday.
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Impact
Couturier has been one of the league's best defensive forwards this season, but he hasn't done much offensively. He has just 11 goals and 37 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Steve Mason carries Flyers to important win | 04/09/2014 1:02 AM
News
Steve Mason was brilliant on Tuesday night, slamming the door 38 times in the Flyers' 5-2 win over Florida.
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Impact
Mason has responded with two victories after a tough stretch of three losses in four games. The 25 year old has not allowed four goals in 11 straight matches, and carries a 33-18-7 record so far with a .917 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average.
Giroux's two tallies help Flyers clinch berth | 04/09/2014 12:54 AM
News
Claude Giroux padded the back of the net twice as the Flyers soundly defeated the Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Giroux now has 27 goals to go along with 81 points in 79 games this season. The dynamic center needs just one more point over the final three games to guarantee his third straight campaign of producing at a point-per-game pace.
Flyers get Steve Downie back Tuesday | 04/08/2014 12:13 PM
News
Steve Downie (upper body) is ready to return Tuesday.
Sam Carchidi on Twitter

Impact
Downie was out for seven straight games due to the ailment. He has 24 points and 106 penalty minutes in 60 games this season.
Steve Mason to get the start on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 10:23 AM
News
Look for Steve Mason to be between the pipes on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Mason is 32-18-7 this season with a 2.52 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Mason is 1-1 in 2013-14 against the Panthers with a 2.03 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Start him with confidence.
Flyers top line goalless in last five games | 04/08/2014 10:19 AM
News
The Flyers top line of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell have not found the back of the net in the last five games.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
The Flyers have been struggling of late and the lack of production from the top unit isn't helping matters. Giroux has 79 points this season but has only one assist in his last five games. Look for him to break out against Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers Tuesday.
Steve Downie could be ready to go on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 10:14 AM
News
There is a possibility that Steve Downie (upper body) could play on Tuesday.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
The winger has missed seven games with the upper body injury and the Flyers are down a forward as Zac Rinaldo was handed a four game suspension. If Downie is unable to go, look for Tye McGinn to get back in the lineup. Downie has four goals and 24 points in 60 games split between the Flyers and the Avalanche this season. His biggest fantasy value is his 106 penalty minutes. Stay tuned as he will likely be a game-time decision.
NHL suspends Zac Rinaldo for four games | 04/07/2014 6:17 PM
News
Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for four games for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.
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Impact
The incident occurred early in the third period of Sunday's contest and it earned Rinaldo a match penalty. Rinaldo had a goal and 16 penalty minutes versus Buffalo to give him four points and 153 PIMs on the year. He will be eligible to return in the playoffs, but he's done for the Flyers' remaining regular season games.
Mark Streit registers 3 assists Sunday | 04/07/2014 5:34 PM
News
Mark Streit amassed three assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
He has recorded nine goals and 38 points in 78 games during his first season with the Flyers. Streit received a four-year, $21 million contract from Philadelphia following the lockout-shortened season.
Lecavalier gets two points vs. Buffalo | 04/07/2014 10:44 AM
News
Vincent Lecavalier helps Philadelphia earn a 5-2 win over Buffalo on Sunday by scoring a goal and an assist.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Lecavalier has endured a rough campaign where he's recorded just 19 goals and 35 points in 65 games. He hasn't exactly gotten better as the season's gone on, but he's got a history of success in the playoffs and we wouldn't be surprised if he proves to be one of the Flyers' main contributors in the postseason.
Matt Read gets two points Sunday | 04/07/2014 10:40 AM
News
Matt Read had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia's 5-2 victory on Sunday.
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Impact
Read had been held off the scoresheet in his previous six games. He now has 21 goals and 38 points in 71 contests in 2013-14. The 27-year-old is likely to get 40-50 points next season.
Zac Rinaldo faces hearing for hit on Ruhwedel | 04/07/2014 10:08 AM
News
Zac Rinaldo will face a disciplinary hearing on Monday for a hit on Buffalo's Chad Ruhwedel Sunday night.
NHL.com

Impact
He was assessed a match penalty early in the third period on the play and could be banned for an illegal check to the head. Ruhwedel wasn't able to return and suffered a concussion.
G Steve Mason wins as Flyers end winless skid | 04/06/2014 10:28 PM
News
Goaltender Steve Mason needed to make only 17 saves en route to the Flyers' 5-2 rout of the hapless Buffalo Sabres in Philadelphia Sunday night.
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Impact
Mason also picked up an assist in the game. Mason improved his GAA to 2.52. His save percentage is now .916. The Flyers snapped a four-game winless streak with the victory and now have a two-point lead on the Columbus Blue Jackets for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers also are two points behind the second-place New York Rangers.
Ray Emery will get the nod on Saturday | 04/04/2014 1:49 PM
News
Ray Emery will start for Philadelphia on Saturday.
Sam Carchidi on Twitter

Impact
Emery will get his second start in three games after posting a 28-save shutout on Tuesday. He has a 2.81 GAA and .906 save percentage in 25 games this season.
Flyers suffer second straight shutout loss | 04/04/2014 10:55 AM
News
The Philadelphia Flyers have been shutout of back-to-back games for the first time since 2009.
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Impact
While Philadelphia is still a great bet to make the playoffs, they seem to be limping towards the finish line. Although they made Columbus Blue Jackets starter Sergei Bobrovsky stop 37 shots in his shutout on Thursday, the Flyers put much of the blame on themselves for their latest defeat. "Any time you don't score, you didn't test him enough," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "We certainly didn't test him enough in the third period. We stopped playing our game for a while. They came at us hard and it looked like we got frustrated."
Scott Hartnell unable to score on eight shots | 04/03/2014 9:59 PM
News
Scott Hartnell fired a team-high eight shots on goal in the Flyers' 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Hartnell has produced pretty close to his career norms this season, filling the categories that help fantasy owners. He has 20 goals, 29 assists, 82 penalty minutes and 198 shots on goal, with a plus-11 rating. Sean Couturier, Mark Streit and Matt Read had two penalty minutes.
Steve Mason gives up two goals in loss | 04/03/2014 9:58 PM
News
Steve Mason sticked aside 25 shots in the Flyers' 2-0 loss to Columbus on Thursday night.
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Impact
Philadelphia is unable to pull closer to the Rangers, who occupy the second spot in the Metropolitan Division. Mason gave up a goal in the second and one in the third. After a rough middle stretch of the season, Mason has found his game over the past few months. He has a 2.53 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He's a key to the Flyers' playoff hopes -- and success.
Steve Downie questionable Thursday | 04/03/2014 11:22 AM
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Steve Downie (upper body) is questionable for Thursday's contest.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Downie passed his baseline test to determine that he's not suffering from concussion symptoms anymore. He has missed five straight contests.
Kimmo Timonen is ready to return Thursday | 04/03/2014 11:20 AM
News
Kimmo Timonen (face) is good to return Thursday.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Timonen missed Tuesday's game after being struck in the face by the puck on Sunday. He has five goals and 32 points in 71 games this season.
E. Gustafsson finally returns from press box | 04/02/2014 4:59 PM
News
Erik Gustafsson got into Philadelphia's lineup on Tuesday night.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
It was his first contest since Feb. 27, as he's been a healthy scratch for 14 straight games. Gustafsson has been limited to 28 appearances this season.
Claude Giroux and Flyers shut out by Blues | 04/02/2014 12:08 AM
News
Claude Giroux and the rest of the Flyers were held scoreless in a 1-0 shootout loss to St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Giroux has gone two straight games without a point, but is still streaking with 78 points in 75 games this season. Giroux is coming off his best month of the season, as he notched 21 points in 14 games during March.
Ray Emery shuts out Blues, loses in shootout | 04/02/2014 12:02 AM
News
Ray Emery posted the rare shutout loss on Tuesday night, stopping all 28 shots versus St. Louis but allowing two shootout goals to hand the Blues a 1-0 victory.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Emery's second shutout of the season comes against the second best team in the NHL. Emery improves to 8-10-2 this season with a .906 save percentage and 2.81 goals against average.
Philadelphia will start Ray Emery on Tuesday | 04/01/2014 1:41 PM
News
Ray Emery will play between the pipes on Tuesday.
Sam Carchidi on Twitter

Impact
It will be Emery's third start in eight games. He has a 2.96 GAA and .901 save percentage in 24 contests in 2013-14.
Claude Giroux earns third star of the month | 04/01/2014 1:30 PM
News
Claude Giroux has been selected as the NHL's third star of the month.
NHL.com

Impact
Giroux had a league-leading 15 assists and 21 points in 14 March games. He got off to a sluggish start this season, but he's long since put that behind him. At this rate you would never know that there were some initial concerns about him, given his 25 goals and 78 points in 74 contests.
Kimmo Timonen (face) won't play on Tuesday | 04/01/2014 10:11 AM
News
Kimmo Timonen has sustained a facial injury and won't play Tuesday.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Timonen was struck in the face by the puck on Sunday. Fortunately, he didn't suffer any facial fractures and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that he'll be fine. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Steve Downie passes baseline concussion test | 04/01/2014 10:09 AM
News
Steve Downie isn't dealing with concussion symptoms anymore.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Downie has successfully passed a baseline test. He won't return on Tuesday, but he should be back soon.
Steve Mason gets ready for return to playoffs | 04/01/2014 10:07 AM
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Steve Mason is looking forward to finally returning to the playoffs.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Mason hasn't participated in a postseason game since he was with Columbus in 2009. Now the Flyers have all-but made the playoffs and are battling for home ice advantage in the first round. "This is what we play hockey for," Mason said. "Situations where you are playing meaningful games this time of year. To be in the position we are [now] after the start we had to the season says a lot about this time. It's definitely exciting." Mason has been through a lot since his first playoff appearance. At the time, he was a promising rookie that went on to win the Calder Trophy. He's dealt with some terrible struggles since then, but has been solid with Philadelphia this season.
Kimmo Timonen has goal and assist Sunday | 03/31/2014 9:36 AM
News
Kimmo Timonen had a goal and an assist Sunday in the Flyers 4-3 shootout loss to Boston.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Timonen has five goals and 32 points this season including a goal and four points in his last two games. The Finnish blueliner has been hot since returning from the Sochi Olympics where he won a bronze medal as he has three goals and 13 points in 14 games. He definitely has earned a spot on someone's fantasy roster with his offensive play of late.
Steve Mason falls short of 32nd win on Sunday | 03/30/2014 4:08 PM
News
Steve Mason and the Philadelphia Flyers couldn't beat the Boston Bruins on Sunday, losing 4-3 (SO).
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Mason stopped 27 out of 30 shots, dropping his record to 31-17-7 on the season. He's been solid overall with a .916 save percentage, 2.53 GAA and four shutouts.
Vincent Lecavalier scores two, hits 401 goals | 03/30/2014 3:26 PM
News
Vincent Lecavalier responded well to his demotion, scoring the 400th and 401st goals of his NHL career, but it wasn't enough as the Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-3 (SO) to the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
Lecavalier had a +2 rating, nine SOG and three hits to go with those two tallies. The veteran forward scored the game-tying marker to give Philly a handy standings point from this one. Jakub Voracek stood out as well on Sunday, with two assists.
Vincent Lecavalier to remain on 4th line | 03/30/2014 7:13 AM
News
Vincent Lecavalier will remain centering the fourth line Sunday when the Flyers meet the Washington Capitals.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Lecavalier spent Friday night on the fourth unit and played a strong game. He will still see power play time and scored a power play goal against the Maple Leafs Friday, his 399th NHL goal of his career.
Steve Downie will not play on Sunday | 03/30/2014 6:58 AM
News
Steve Downie (upper body) will not play on Sunday.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
Downie is apparently getting closer after he was injured eight days ago after crashing into the Blues Patrik Berglund. Stay tuned as Downie has three goals and 17 points in 49 games with Philadelphia this season after he was dealt from the Avs in October. His value is mostly in penalty minutes where he has 101 minutes this season.`
Steve Downie says he's 'almost ready' | 03/29/2014 3:17 PM
News
Steve Downie (upper body) feels like he's getting closer.
CSN Philadelphia

Impact
"I feel pretty good, actually," Downie said. "I'm almost ready. Nothing's really bothering me, there's just a couple more steps I need to take." However, it's still unclear when he'll be able to return and he doesn't have a target date in mind.
Nicklas Grossman has night to remember | 03/29/2014 10:57 AM
News
In the Flyers' 4-2 triumph over Toronto Friday night, defenseman Nicklas Grossman had a night to remember.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
He had five hits and blocked four shots.
Vincent Lecavalier stars after line demotion | 03/29/2014 10:54 AM
News
After being demoted by the Flyers to their fourth line, veteran star Vincent Lecavalier sparkled Friday night.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Lecavalier responded with one of his best games in a few months, scoring a power-play goal and helping the Flyers defeat freefalling Toronto, 4-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. "Not only that, he was skating and moving his feet," coach Craig Berube said after the Flyers snapped a two-game losing streak and moved to within one point of the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division. "That line was very good, very effective." Lecavalier, who had been playing left wing on the second unit, centered a line with Zac Rinaldo and Adam Hall.
Rewarding season for Flyers' Michael Raffl | 03/29/2014 10:50 AM
News
A year ago, Michael Raffl was living in near anonymity in Leksand - a quiet town of 5,934 residents in the middle of freezing Sweden.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
Raffl led his Swedish Elite League team in scoring, but had not yet popped up on the NHL radar. Time was running out. He was already 24, reaching the age where few players stop being viewed as prospects. "You should have seen that place," Raffl said. "There was nothing going on. I couldn't even go to dinner at night, everything closed early." One year later, Raffl has played in 60 NHL games and signed a 2-year contract extension that will pay him $2.2 million. Raffl has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 59 games. "I think he's done a really good job," coach Craig Berube said. "He's skating really well. He's on top of people. He's forechecking hard. He's getting some opportunities to score. He's doing a good job killing penalties. He's been a valuable player for us for a while." Raffl has the energy and consistency of a fourth-line player, but the skill to create scoring chances for his linemates.
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