Flyers Country: Welcome to the Orange & Black

This article can be found published on Chicks Who Give a Puck.

2010 will be the inaugural season for the Greenville Road Warriors. (Sportslogos.net)

2010 will be the inaugural season for the Greenville Road Warriors. (Sportslogos.net)

Greetings to all you hockey fans in Philadelphia, and maybe even some from other parts of the world. When I was approached about writing a weekly column, I thought long and hard about what to cover. Just about every Flyers fan follows the team and basically knows what is going on. But then I thought about all our prospects and affiliate teams. By raising your hand, how many of you can name the affiliate team that isn’t called the Adirondack Phantoms? And don’t cheat by using Wikipedia. I can pretty much many of you have no idea. Where that’s where I figure I can come in and help you folks out.

In my weekly columns I want to bring you information on all the Philadelphia hockey teams. How they’re doing, who’s looking good, and so forth. And I’ll even throw in some mentions on our prospects playing on other teams. You know, just to keep tabs, eh? Oh, and just as a warning, I am a Canadian at heart (or as friends like to call me, the Closet Canadian) so you may see an “eh” thrown in here and there.

So to get started in this first week, I’ll give you a wrap up of how the teams did last season.

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As most everyone knows, the Flyers had a forgettable regular season that culminated in John Stevens being fired in early December and Peter Laviolette taking over. Laviolette worked wonders on the team, working his style into the team. It paid off and after sneaking into the playoffs in a shootout on the last day of the season (I was there at that game. I didn’t breathe the entire time.), the Flyers made the improbable run through the postseason. They tore through the first round against the New Jersey Devils, became the third team in NHL to overcome an 0-3 deficit to win the series in the second round, steamrolled through the Montreal Canadiens in the third round and ultimately fell just two games shy of winning the Stanley Cup against the Chicago Blackhawks.

This season was the first for the newly-named Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL) in Glen Falls, N.Y. The team relocated due to the closing of the Spectrum. The Phantoms now play at the Glen Falls Civic Center. The Phantoms put up a 32-41-3(OTL)-4(SOL) record for 71 points. They finished last in the East Division and did not qualify for a playoff spot.

The Greenville Road Warriors from Greenville, S.C. play in the ECHL. This upcoming season will be the first for the Road Warriors. The franchise was originally the Johnstown Chiefs. They will play at the BI-LO Center.

PUCK ROUNDUP

Since I am a week after the start of the preseason, I’ll end this with a quick recap of the games. The Flyers are the only ones who started their preseason, so this will be brief.

The Flyers opened their preseason at home against the Devils Tuesday night. Michael Leighton started the night in net and allowed three goals before Sergei Bobrovsky took over in the third and allowed no goals. The game went to a shootout after a 3-3 tie. Bobrovsky stopped 3-of-4 shooters to give the Flyers a 4-3 win. Goals in the game were scored by Darroll Powe, Jeff Carter and Danny Briere. Claude Giroux and Mike Richards both scored in the shootout.

Lines:
Zherdev-Richards-Carter
Van Riemsdyk-Briere-Guerin
Powe-Giroux-Nodl
Laperriere-Shelley-Holmstrom

Timonen-Meszaros
Coburn-Walker
Bartulis-O’Donnell

Leighton
Bobrovsky

Thursday night the Flyers played a “home” game in London, Ontario against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brian Boucher got the start in net and allowed one goal. Bobrovsky once again took over in the third and allowed one goal as well. For the second straight game, it went to a shootout, tied 2-2. This time, however, the shootout went 11 rounds before the Maple Leafs won 3-2. Bobrovsky stopped 7-of-11 shooter. Goals in the game were scored by Bill Guerin and Marc-Andre Bourdon. Carter, Guerin and Joonas Lehtivouri scored in the shootout.

Lines:
Van Riemsdyk-Carter-Guerin
Hartnell-Rowe-Nodl
Carcillo-Holmstrom-Testwuide
Rinaldo-Shelley-Kalinski

Bartulis-Carle
Walker-Meszaros
Bourdon-Lehtivouri

Boucher
Bobrovsky

Friday night, the Flyers faced off against the Maple Leafs once again. And for the third straight game, they went to a shootout. Leighton started the night in net and played the entire 25 minutes, but after a slight injury, Boucher came in relief for the shootout. Boucher stopped 2-of-3 shooters to give the Flyers the 4-3 win. Goals in the game were scored by Nikolai Zherdev (2) and Briere. Giroux and Briere scored in the shootout.

Lines:
Nodl-Briere-Testwuide
Zherdev-Giroux-Laliberte
Carcillo-Powe-Wellwood
Shelley-Moore-Clackson

Carle-Coburn
Bourdon-Bartulis
Gustafsson-Meszaros

Leighton
Boucher

Saturday saw the Flyers in Minnesota taking on the Wild. Surprise surprise, they once again went to a shootout. Bobrovsky played the entire 65 minutes and the shootout. He allowed only two goals in regulation and stopped 3-of-3 shooters. Goals were scored by Zherdev and Powe. Zherdev was the lone player to score in the shootout.

Lines:
Hartnell-Giroux-Zherdev
Van Riemsdyk-Guerin-Rinaldo
Powe-Nodl-Kalinski
Carcillo-Wellwood-Holmstrom

Coburn-Gustafsson
Bartulis-O’Donnell
Walker-Lehtivouri

Bobrovsky
Boucher

THE WEEK AHEAD

The Flyers will continue their preseason with an away game against the Devils Tuesday night and return for a home game against the New York Islanders the following night. The Flyers will then face off against the Buffalo Sabres at home Friday. The Flyers hope to see the return of Chris Pronger and/or Ville Leino for a game or two if they are cleared to play.

The Phantoms will open their preseason with a home-and-home series against the Albany Devils on Friday and Saturday.

STANDINGS

Philadelphia Flyers (Preseason)
3-0-1

I’ll leave you all with that this week. Hope you are enjoying the start of preseason hockey. And just remember, it’s a little over a week before the start of the NHL season.

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