Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers players stand behind Berube; could an Oilers trade be brewing?

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There are times when watching the free-falling Philadelphia Flyers feels like witnessing years of poor decisions in action, but it’s tough to say how much of it is head coach Craig Berube’s fault.

Wayne Simmonds seemed to rally the troops behind his coach after another dispiriting loss to the New York Rangers, as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi reports.

“This has nothing to do with the coach,” Simmonds said.

Berube wasn’t shy about pointing out individual disappointments among his players, however.

That feeling seemed most obvious with Vincent Lecavalier (who received less than six minutes of ice time on Saturday) and Andrew MacDonald (who didn’t even play against the Rangers today). Berube called out each player for their lack of effort, as Carchidi notes.

“He has to play better; he hasn’t moved the puck as well as he has, his intensity dropped off,” Berube said of MacDonald.

His comments about Lecavalier were pretty similar:

Lecavalier, 34, admitted that it was “frustrating” to gete benched like he was this afternoon, yet it’s easy to see why. He hasn’t scored a point in five straight games and only has an assist in his last nine.

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Whoever’s at fault, rumors are swirling that two wayward teams often found in the headlines might just find a way to make a deal.

At least two reporters indicate that something could be brewing between the Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers.

TSN’s Darren Dreger noted that Mark Messier was on hand to scout for Edmonton:

Meanwhile, the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson goes as far as to propose a hypothetical trade involving Braydon Coburn and David Perron:

Interesting.

Flyers drop fourth straight and third to the Rangers

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Following Friday afternoon’s 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers, Flyers’ GM Ron Hextall said there was no short-term fixes for his hockey club.

On Saturday, his team dropped a second straight game to the Rangers losing 5-2.

The  Flyers have now lost four straight for the third time this season.

Derick Brassard opened the scoring with his seventh of the season; however, the Flyers scored twice to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second on goals from Nicklas Grossmann and Jakub Voracek.

Brassard’s second was part of four unanswered for the Rangers, who won for the fourth time in five games.

Jesper Fast’s first career NHL goal tied the game 2-2in the middle period.

J.T. Miller had his first of the season and Lee Stempniak scored into an empty net rounding out the scoring for New York.

Philadelphia has now been outscored 10-2 in three losses this month to the Rangers.

New York out-shot Philadelphia 15-7 in the first period and 14-4 in the second.

Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves for the win while Ray Emery stopped 30 shots in the loss.

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Rangers’ Glass sidelined with mumps

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The New York Rangers are the latest team to be hit with the mumps disease.

The team announced Saturday that forward Tanner Glass, who missed Friday’s game, will be isolated from the team until Monday.

“All people who came to Tampa Bay should get themselves checked out because you don’t know what could happen,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters.

The Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks have dealt with the mumps disease already this season.

Both Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin missed games. Defenseman Clayton Stoner is currently out of the Ducks lineup battling the disease.

Additionally, Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle will miss Saturday’s rematch with the Flyers due to flu-like symptoms. Boyle is listed as day-to-day and will be replaced in the lineup by John Moore.

J.T. Miller, who was recalled from the Hartford Wolfpack on Friday will replace Chris Kreider, who has left the team to be with his family following the death of his grandfather.

The Rangers will look to improve to a perfect 3-0-0 against the Flyers this afternoon. New York has out-scored Philadelphia 5-0 in the previous two meetings.

‘Canes extend Penguins’ woes vs. Metro opponents

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have done a great job in most regards this season, but they have one noteworthy blemish on their record: They have come up short in divisional contests. Carolina earned a 4-2 victory tonight, pushing Pittsburgh to 3-4-1 against its Metropolitan competition.

That might not be a horrendous record, but it is jarring compared to Pittsburgh’s 12-2-1 showing against the rest of the league.

The Hurricanes outshot Pittsburgh 35-22 on Friday, but the Penguins were in this game until the end. Jiri Tlusty and Kris Letang traded goals within a minute of each other late in the first period and the score was tied at 2-2 by the second intermission. It took a power-play goal from Nathan Gerbe at 3:10 of the final frame to give Carolina a lead that would finally stick.

Tlusty found the empty net with 13 seconds remaining in the contest to collect his second goal of the night.

Sidney Crosby assisted on both of Pittsburgh’s goals, which extends his multi-point game streak to three. He’s opened up a three-point edge on Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek in the scoring race (33 points to 30).

Pittsburgh and Carolina will play again tomorrow night.

Thanksgiving Shutdown: Rangers blank listless Flyers for second time this season

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The second meeting of the year between the Rangers and Flyers was an awful lot like the first.

Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash scored while Cam Talbot stopped all 26 shots faced as New York blanked an uninspired Flyers team 3-0 at Wells Fargo, on what was a very Black Friday in Philadelphia.

Nine days ago, the Flyers were also blanked by the Talbot and the Rangers — 2-0, in the first meeting of the year between the two teams. That game was notable because, afterward, GM Ron Hextall unloaded on players with a profanity-laced tirade inside the MSG dressing room.

Hextall’s rant has done little to change the on-ice product, however.

The Flyers lost three of four following that defeat in New York, including Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Detroit which was followed with a players-only meeting. “It’s easy to see things slipping away,” goalie Steve Mason said, a notion pundits seem to be agreeing with:

As for today’s game, there were no more signs of life than previous outings. Philly only mustered 26 shots — including a mere 15 through the first two periods — and allowed another power play goal, marking the seventh time in the last eight games the league’s worst PK unit has allowed at least one PPG. Unsurprisingly, Flyers were showered with boos by the disappointed home crowd.

With the loss, Philly dropped to 8-11-3 on the year, falling five points back of the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have now won three of four and are looking like a fortress defensively; today’s game marked the return of captain and top defender Ryan McDonagh, and it also marked the third time in the last four games New York posted a shutout.

Notes

McDonagh had 22:12 of ice time in his return, and notched an assist… St. Louis’ goal was the 1,000th point of his career… These two teams will meet again tomorrow at MSG.