PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 01: David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils speaks with Nicklas Grossmann #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Devils defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Long layoff seems to have cooled Flyers power play


The Philadelphia Flyers had no trouble scoring with the man advantage against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, after a six-day break between the first and second rounds, their power play seems to have cooled.

Philadelphia is just 1 for 11 on the power play against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In Game 2 on Tuesday, Philadelphia managed just one shot on goal in five power-play opportunities. The Devils deserve some of the credit for that, but the Flyers are far from blameless.

“We are definitely not working hard enough on the power play,” Philadelphia’s Danny Briere said. “It’s as simple as that.”

They also need to do a better job of winning faceoffs while they have the man advantage. New Jersey won the opening faceoff in all five of their penalty kills on Tuesday.

With the series tied at 1-1, Philadelphia will get a chance to bounce back in Game 3 on Thursday.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”