Author: James O'Brien

Philadelphia Flyers v Carolina Hurricanes

NHL on NBCSN: Flyers hope to keep surging against Hurricanes

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign as Carolina Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

It remains to be seen if the Philadelphia Flyers dug themselves too deep of a hole to make a true playoff run, but either way, they’ve been showing quite a bit of fight lately.

Since Jan. 20, the Flyers have managed at least one standings point in all but one contest. They bring a two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are probably at the point that they’re manufacturing reasons to care.

At least tonight provides an organic one, as Cam Ward is set to play in his 500th career game.

It provides an intriguing contrast between two teams in net. On one hand, Carolina’s suffered through highs and lows with Ward over the years. On the other, the Flyers continue to experience upheaval at the position, in this most recent case thanks to injuries.

Rob Zepp looks likely to start against Ward tonight, with Steve Mason making his way back into the mix as he recovers from a knee issue. Ray Emery had done a solid job with Mason on the mend, but now he appears to be banged up as well.

When it comes to the Flyers, much attention will likely be placed on the dynamic duo of Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, especially since they shook off some minor droughts recently. Still, Wayne Simmonds comes in on a career-high eight game point streak (six goals, four assists), so Philly’s attack should be taken seriously.

The Hurricanes find themselves in a slightly awkward position with a home-heavy stretch of games and limited incentive to soak up standings points while the Flyers try to keep hope alive. With the trade deadline approaching, this game may influence how these two teams approach the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.

PHT Morning Skate: Connor McDavid autographs his hypothetical Sabres sweater


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Cheeky stuff from Puck Daddy here: a Buffalo Sabres fan didn’t just get a custom-made Connor McDavid jersey, he got McDavid to sign it. Someone somewhere is probably yelling “collusion!” (Puck Daddy)

Here’s the Tweet itself:

The guy better be careful. Some Sabres fans might accuse him of jinxing them out of the draft lottery in a few months …

This isn’t hockey-related, but it’s a clear example of “tanking” that makes the Sabres’ poor 2014-15 season look like Rudy-on-ice by comparison. (Deadspin)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $30,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Tuesday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $3,000. Starts Tuesday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

ESPN (especially Craig Custance) went in-depth regarding which NHL teams are embracing analytics and which ones are keeping their head in the sand. Take a wild guess which team is the only one in the “nonbelievers” category … (ESPN)

Is David Krejci’s injury the domino that causes a chain reaction of change for the Boston Bruins? (The Hockey News)

Ben Bishop’s “Tron” inspired mask is pretty nifty, but where’s the weird digitized version of Jeff Bridges? (Dave Art)


Fear the Gulls: Ducks unveil AHL team in San Diego


The Anaheim Ducks’ new AHL affiliate will be a nod to another animal you don’t often see as sports mascots.

They unveiled the San Diego Gulls’ name and logo on Sunday, which you can see in this post’s main image. Apparently the team name has some hockey history attached to it, too, as you can see from this release:

The Ducks today announced their American Hockey League (AHL) club’s new name and logo in an ice-breaking ceremony at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif. Unveiled by owners Susan and Henry Samueli, and co-owner Jillian Samueli, the team was officially named the San Diego Gulls. The new logo pays homage to the legacy of the WCHL Gulls logo and features the Ducks color palette and other design elements, including the Ducks trademark windswept font. A touch of the signature Gulls blue was added to the Ducks color palette to embrace the hockey history and tradition of the community. The clubs new colors are orange, black, and blue.

The team points out that the WCHL Gulls won titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003. They’ll be part of a California collection in the AHL’s new Pacific Division:

Bakersfield – Edmonton Oilers
Ontario – Los Angeles Kings
San Diego – Ducks
San Jose – San Jose Sharks
Stockton – Calgary Flames

Pretty neat stuff all around.