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Posted On Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 1:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Jets at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- One of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets are entrenched in a Stanley Cup Playoff spot this season is the way they've played after losses.

The Jets won their season opener and then lost four straight. Since then they've lost consecutive games five times, but no losing streak has been longer than two games. They're 13-4-1 after losses.

"I think we've done a good job resetting after losses, not letting them compound," Jets captain Andrew Ladd said. "I think it's just a mindset of rebounding, especially with our battle level and compete, and making sure we're giving ourselves a chance the next game."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 1:10 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Flyers

Steve Mason will be in uniform for the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes, but as the backup goaltender.

Mason, who has not played since Jan. 10 because of a lower-body injury, took part in the morning skate Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center and said it's the best he's felt since getting hurt, and that even takes into account an illness that kept him from practicing Monday.

"Today was the best workout I've had since the injury," Mason said, according to the Flyers website. "Felt really good today. Been sick the past couple days, so the wind wasn't there, but overall I felt really good."

In Mason's absence, Ray Emery and Rob Zepp have split time in goal. Emery, who will start Tuesday, is coming off one of his best performances of the season, a 33-save win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 20.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.20.2015 / 5:50 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins might be just the opponent the other team needs to see.

Each team is scuffling entering the game Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center. The Penguins are second in the Metropolitan Division but have lost two straight, are 4-6-2 in their past 12 and have seen their lead on the third-place New York Rangers shrink to two points. The Flyers have lost three of their past four and are 11 points behind the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I think especially the way Philly plays, usually physical, up-tempo, might be a good wake-up call for us," Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "Gets you into the game early. You know it's going to be physical. Helps you get into a game, and a rivalry game definitely gets the blood flowing."

The Flyers have won five in a row against the Penguins, including a 5-3 victory Oct. 22 in Pittsburgh. The game will feature four of the top five scorers in the League, topped by Flyers forward Jakub Voracek's NHL-best 55 points and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who is third with 51 points. The Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and Flyers captain Claude Giroux are tied for fourth with 50 points.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.15.2015 / 5:27 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Vancouver Canucks will have a mostly healthy roster when they play the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.

Goaltender Ryan Miller, forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Christopher Tanev were among the players taking part in an optional morning skate. Miller had missed the past two games with the flu. Bonino and Tanev sat out practice Wednesday in Nashville.

They'll be welcome additions for a team that has lost three straight games.

"It's tough when a guy gets sick for a little bit," Bonino said of Miller. "Eddie [Lack] played great for us the last few games and it's too bad we couldn't get him a couple wins there. Definitely glad [Miller] is feeling better and I'm sure he'll be good tonight."

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Posted On Monday, 01.12.2015 / 2:19 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Lightning at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers will start Rob Zepp in goal Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It will be the second NHL game for the 33-year-old Zepp, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Sunday after goaltender Steve Mason sustained a lower-body injury Saturday against the Boston Bruins.

Zepp made 25 saves in the Flyers' 4-3 win Dec. 21 against the Winnipeg Jets. According to Hockey-Reference.com, Zepp became the oldest player since the 1926-27 season to win his NHL debut.

"I liked his game in Winnipeg, liked his energy," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "Going to need energy tonight. That's all. Just a decision I made."

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Posted On Saturday, 01.10.2015 / 12:30 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said forward Loui Eriksson will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Eriksson missed the Bruins game Thursday against the New Jersey Devils after being slashed on the right hand during a game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It'll be a game-time decision," Julien said Saturday. "That's what I said [Friday] and that hasn't changed. He'll go for warm-up."

Eriksson is third on the Bruins with 25 points. He had 12 points in 13 games prior to getting hurt against the Penguins.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.08.2015 / 5:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Capitals at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Mason will be in goal for the Philadelphia Flyers when they play the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Mason took part in the entire morning skate after sitting out practice Wednesday because of what the Flyers called general soreness. The Flyers said Mason went for an MRI on Wednesday but would not specify what part of his body was being checked.

"He's fine," Flyers coach Craig Berube said Thursday. "Just more of a maintenance day than anything [Wednesday]. He's good."

Flyers goaltenders are not available for comment on game days, but Mason's teammates were happy to see him looking like his usual self.

"We didn't really know what we were dealing with," captain Claude Giroux said. "Steve is a big part of this team. If he's ready to go, that's awesome."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 7:12 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Flyers captain Giroux returns to lineup vs. Senators

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

Giroux sat out the Flyers game Saturday against the New Jersey Devils after sustaining a cut to the lower part of the back of his left leg Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 12:44 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Flyers

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux termed himself a game-time decision Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

Giroux did not take part in most of the Flyers morning skate Tuesday, coming out near the end to participate in practice drills. At one point Giroux did some quick-cut moves and pushed hard on his left leg leading into a shot and came away wincing.

Giroux sustained a cut to the back of his left leg during the Flyers' 2-1 loss Friday to the Carolina Hurricanes and did not play Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Giroux also did not practice Monday.

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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 2:25 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- After seven games out of the lineup, Vincent Lecavalier will play for the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

Lecavalier has two goals and four assists in 16 games, but it will be his first game since Nov. 29.

"It's nice to be back," he said. "Almost been three weeks. Nice to get back out there and play with the guys."

Lecavalier was at right wing on the fourth line during the morning skate and also had a presence on the second power-play unit.

Coach Craig Berube called it a reward for the hard work he's seen from Lecavalier in practice.

"He's skating well, working hard," Berube said. "Get a little boost here, maybe a little pop in scoring, on the power play. Very good power-play guy. Thought we'd put him back in."

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