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Zach Hopkins
South Jersey
Hockey writer with a doctorate. You can call me Dr. Hockey
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After a slow start against Buffalo on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers vowed to not let the same continue to happen against teams beneath them in the standings. On a night in which the Wells Fargo Center was decked out for Halloween, the Flyers joined in on the fun with a 'scary' opening 20 minutes against the rival New Jersey Devils. Goaltender Steve Mason (and the goal post) bailed the team out in the first period in which the Devils out-shot the Flyers 13-7 and pinned them deep in their own zone for most of the stanza. The best scoring chance... Continue reading
Prior to last season, forward Vincent Lecavalier had never been a healthy scratch in his NHL career. The potential Hall-of-Famer sat 17 times last year and has been in the press box for the first eight contests of the 2015-16 campaign. In lieu of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s lower body injury, Lecavalier will be inserted into the lineup tonight as the Flyers play the New Jersey Devils, playing left wing on the fourth line with Chris VandeVelde and Ryan White. The opening face-off is set for 7 p.m. Joining Bellemare and Sean Couturier (concussion) on the scratch sheet tonight will be defenseman... Continue reading
Another beautiful October today can only mean one thing - another edition of Between the Pipes! Let's take a look at a few headlines making the rounds. Danny Briere to be honored prior to Tuesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres - [Jeff Neiburg - Philadelphia Daily News] Briere, one of the most beloved Flyers in team history, will be honored for his retirement from the NHL during Tuesday night's game against one of his former clubs, the Buffalo Sabres. In a career that saw him net almost 700 points, some of his finest moments occurred in the postseason where he... Continue reading
Hello and welcome to the weekend edition of Between the Pipes. The Flyers are off to one of their better starts in years, winning three out of their first six games and collecting points in four of them. Let's take a look at some of the headlines that are making the rounds. Flyers GM Ron Hextall disagrees with NHL's decision on Rinaldo - [Fox Sports] Hopkins Take: While Hextall has stood up for Zac Rinaldo in the past (namely concerning the Kris Letang incident last season), he certainly can't try and justify this one. I'm quite befuddled as to how... Continue reading
After a 'Jekyll and Hyde' split to open the 2015-16 season with a solid performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning followed by a blowout loss to the Florida Panthers, the Flyers returned home to Philadelphia in the hopes of figuring out which identity was truly theirs. Two Michal Neuvirth shutouts later, we appear to have the answer. Neuvirth was stellar in the first two home games of the year after a personal family issue pulled starter Steve Mason away from the team. The 27-year-old native of the Czech Republic recorded a 31-save blanking against Florida on Monday and followed that... Continue reading
Through just three games, the Philadelphia Flyers have shown us a little bit of everything. So far, we've witnessed an overtime loss to the defending Eastern Conference champions, a blowout loss to Florida and an incredibly hard-fought win at home against those very same Panthers. As the whirlwind continues in this 2015-16 season, let's look at a few headlines making the rounds in this edition of Between the Pipes. Danny Briere returns to the Flyers to assist President Paul Holmgren - [Sean Leahy - Puck Daddy] Briere confirmed to the media that he would in fact be returning to the... Continue reading
Hello and welcome to the first regular season edition of Between the Pipes for the 2015-16 campaign. The Flyers officially opened their season with a 3-2 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and will look to get their first win tonight as they remain in the Sunshine State to take on the Florida Panthers. Let's take a look at some of the headlines making the rounds today. Flyers defensive prospect Logan Pyett diagnosed with sarcoma in leg - [Sam Carchidi - Philadelphia Inquirer] Hopkins Take: Pyett, a seventh round pick in 2006 for the Detroit Red Wings,... Continue reading
View image | The Flyers have not been very good in season-opening games the past few seasons. Some wondered if they would suffer the same fate to start the 2015-16 season when it was announced that they would be traveling to Tampa Bay to take on the defending Eastern Conference champions. Although the Flyers came away with one point as a result of an overtime loss, this game had a much different feel to it. These were not the Flyers of old, rather, it was a team that looked hungry and followed their new coach's scheme in order to... Continue reading
In less than one week, the Philadelphia Flyers will open the 2015-16 season by traveling to the Sunshine State to take on the reigning Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The team will attempt to get off to a good start in what they hope will be a fruitful season that results in returning to the postseason and vying for the Stanley Cup. Let's take a look at the major storylines surrounding the club as they wrap up the last week of training camp. The Final 23 Trimming a preseason roster is one of the toughest jobs for a front... Continue reading
Hello and welcome to Between the Pipes! In this Tuesday edition, we'll look at a few Flyers headlines that are making the rounds with training camp now in its second full week. Sean Couturier banged up as camp reaches second full week – [Ryan Bright –] Couturier was likely injured in a game against the New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center last week and is now being classified as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. After signing an extension with the Flyers over the summer, Couturier is being counted on to step up his game offensively while maintaining... Continue reading
Hello and welcome to the Saturday edition of Between the Pipes. The Flyers are one week into training camp and well on their way towards finalizing their roster for the regular season. Let's take a look at a few headlines that are making the rounds this weekend. Travis Konecny picks up where he left off in return to juniors – [Mike Davies – Peterborough Examiner] Konecny, the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft had a great camp. He possesses all the skills that will eventually make him a successful pro. While he wasn't expected to crack the Flyers... Continue reading
Historically, the Philadelphia Flyers are not very good in shootouts. Since the National Hockey League adopted the format in 2005-06 as part of the 'new NHL' following the lockout that washed away the entire 2004-05 campaign, the Flyers are 30-62 in the dreaded skills competition. While every point counts, the Flyers gave away 11 of them last season by winning only three of 14 shootouts following a scoreless 4-on-4 overtime period. Finally, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. While the league is not getting rid of the shootout, they are adopting a new format for... Continue reading
Hello and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Between the Pipes. Hockey season has officially started as there were 12 preseason games played on Monday, with the Flyers and Islanders splitting their squads between Allentown and Brooklyn. With excitement and anticipation growing, let's take a look at a few headlines from around the league. Flyers ink defenseman Philippe Myers to entry-level contract - [Rob Riches - Flyerdelphia] Ron Hextall and his staff have become masters at evaluating talent and they were at it again by signing 18-year-old Philippe Myers to an entry-level deal. Myers, who was undrafted, is entering his... Continue reading
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol put his team through the ringer on Friday during the club's opening day of training camp. Players were hunched over in between drills and sprints in what was easily the most intense Flyers practice in recent memory. For those wondering if the tempo was simply a 'welcome to camp' greeting - it was not. The second day of camp was just as intense, if not more, as rookies and prospects hit the ice in the morning followed by the veterans in the early afternoon. A couple of noteworthy takeaways from the first session were intriguing line... Continue reading
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