Flyers Steal Another Overtime Win to Force Game 7
For a while, it looked like Oskar Lindblom’s remarkable return to the ice would last for one game. His Philadelphia Flyers looked listless for long stretches on Thursday night, and they were heavily outshot by the New York Islanders. But Ivan Provorov’s goal in double overtime lifted the Flyers to a 5-4 win in Game […]
Re-Doing the Nashville Predators’ 1998 Expansion Draft
On June 25, 1997, the NHL’s board of governors approved new teams for four cities in an ambitious plan to expand to 30 clubs within three years. (from ‘N.H.L. Names 4 Cities For Its New Franchises,’ New York Times, 06/18/1997) Nashville was the first to join for the 1998-99 season, followed by Atlanta the next […]
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Flyers Step Up in Character Win Over Islanders
When the horn sounded at the end of the first period, it seemed the Philadelphia Flyers would cruise to victory, as they had already chased Semyon Varlamov from the New York Islanders’ net. Instead, they blew a 3-0 lead, then rebounded to win in overtime and tie their second-round playoff series at one apiece. Philippe […]
Crossing Pennsylvania: Flyers-Penguins Trades in the 21st Century
Making a trade with your biggest rival is like sitting on a public toilet: it’s dirty, it’s gross and you avoid it whenever possible, but on rare occasions, it’s the best option available. Pennsylvania’s two NHL teams are fierce rivals, so it stands to reason they’ve only hooked up for three trades so far in […]
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Flyers Face Stiff Challenge Against Islanders
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders will do battle in the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, in the first postseason series between the two sides since 1987. The Flyers are the top seed in the East and the Islanders are the sixth, which might suggest New York as the underdog, but […]
Flyers Grind Out Tight Series Win Over Canadiens
Every goal the Philadelphia Flyers scored in Game 6 of their first-round series Friday night went off a member of the Montreal Canadiens and into the net. That’s the kind of series it’s been — with random bounces looming large in the outcome — and the Flyers won 3-2 to eliminate the Canadiens and move […]
Charlottetown Islanders Invite 31 Players to Training Camp
Clubs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) are preparing to begin training camps for the 2020-21 season against a backdrop of uncertainty created by the novel coronavirus. The Charlottetown Islanders announced Tuesday they’ve invited 31 players to their camp, which will convene on Aug. 30. That group includes 16 returnees from last year’s […]
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Flyers Spoil Price’s Birthday With Flawed Game 3 Victory
The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t have their best stuff Sunday night, but Carter Hart did, and ultimately that was enough. Hart pitched a shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, giving the Flyers a 2-1 series lead. It was an important win for the Flyers, fresh […]
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Where Are They Now: Charlottetown Islanders Edition
As a fairly young franchise, the Charlottetown Islanders haven’t produced a lot of NHL stars, like some premier teams in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). But many who played for the Islanders or their predecessor, the P.E.I. Rocket, can still be found plying their trade around the pro ranks in North America. Some Islanders alumni […]
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Flyers vs. Canadiens Preview: An Unlikely First-Round Series
Of all the opponents the Philadelphia Flyers could have expected to face in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens were perhaps the most unlikely. The Habs entered the NHL’s return to play as the 24th seed out of 24, lucky enough to be included in an expanded field as the […]
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Flyers Find Their Mojo in Round Robin
The NHL chose a unique format for the playoffs in its return to play, and so far it’s paid off in spades for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers had the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference when COVID-19 forced the league to pause in March. Now, after a round robin for seeding against the top […]
Charlottetown Islanders Built to Contend After Quick Retool
The Charlottetown Islanders are two years removed from back-to-back playoff runs to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semifinals, and after two seasons of competitive retooling, they hope to return there in 2020-21. When the QMJHL regular season was suspended in March, the Islanders owned the seventh-best record in the league despite half their roster […]
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Hart Fuels Flyers’ Formidable Playoff Start
Carter Hart stared down his first NHL postseason game on Sunday and rose to the occasion, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins in their first game of the Stanley Cup Playoff round-robin tournament. Related: Top 3 All-Time Blues Goalies In the first meaningful game for either team in nearly […]
Charlottetown Islanders’ Highest NHL Draft Picks
In 2013, the P.E.I. Rocket narrowly avoided a move to Quebec when a local ownership group bought the team and renamed it the Charlottetown Islanders. Looking back, the rebranding also marked a turning point in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) club’s on-ice fortunes. The Islanders reached at least the second round of the […]
Flyers’ Youth Key to Playoff Hopes
The Philadelphia Flyers are heading into the Stanley Cup Playoff tournament with a starting goalie who’s never appeared in a playoff game. Their scoring leader in 2019-20 and their top defenseman have 12 playoff appearances combined, all from facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2018. Carter Hart, Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov have emerged as cornerstone […]
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