JVR's Hat Trick Gives the Flyers a 100 Point Season
By Kevin K
Heading into last nights game, the Flyers were two points away from their 18th 100-point season. Lead by a hat trick by JVR, the Flyers crushed the Islanders 4-1 to clinch the 100-point season.
With the win last night, the Flyers are now tied with the Bruins for the most 100-point seasons in the history of the organization. Knowing the Flyers came into the NHL in 1967 and the Bruins came in the NHL apart of the Original Six in 1924, it is a huge accomplishment for Philadelphia.
Now the Flyers are focused game by game to clinch home ice advantage in Playoffs, which hopefully will lead to a third Stanley Cup in the history of the Flyers Organization.
Flyers Poised for a Playoff Run
By Kevin K
With the shootout victory over the Stars on Saturday the Flyers clinched a playoff berth. Last season, the Flyers also clinched the Playoffs after a shootout win; however, that win occurred on the final game of the season and now the Flyers have three more weeks on the schedule.
There should be no reason for the Flyers to let up on the gas pedal. Yes they are in the playoffs but that is all the clinching game gave you on Saturday, a playoff berth. The Flyers cannot let up on the gas pedal. They need to continue to play strong because they do not want to go into the playoffs on a losing skid.
There is also another reason for the Flyers to continue playing strong, home ice.
“We’ve never talked about clinching a playoff berth. We’ve always talked about home-ice, all rounds, starting in our building, Game 7 if it comes to that. That’s why we continue to push," Laviolette said.
The Flyers need to take their coaches mindset. Lavy turned the Flyers into the Eastern Conference Champions last year and will not let up until Mike Richards raises Lord Stanley's Cup over his head.
Lavy has yet to announce a Playoff goalie. He says he will continue to work them like he has been. Lavy also said that he will have a goalie for game one, but that's it.
Sam Carchidi of the Inquirer thinks differently. Carchidi believe that Sergei Bobrovsky is going to be the playoff goalie with Boucher stepping in if Bob falters.
Both goalies have played consistently well this season; however, neither of them have recorded a shutout yet.
By Kevin K
Chris Pronger will have surgery on Tuesday morning in Cleveland and will be out 3-4 weeks.
"Chris had a CT scan on his right hand on Sunday and a small fracture was discovered,” Holmgren said. “Our doctors believe surgery is the best route to take with the injury."
Pronger refused to talk about his injury today after practice.
In 50 games with the Flyers this season, Pronger has four goals and 21 assists, is a plus-7 and leads the team in average time on ice per game (22:09).
With the news, the Flyers recall Erik Gustafsson from the Phantoms to be their 7th defenseman.
Looking ahead in the schedule it looks as if Pronger may miss very little of the Playoffs, if any games at all.