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Archive: April, 2012

Updating Flyers Opponent Possibilities

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:04 AM
After the Capitals downed the Bruins in overtime of Game 7 Wednesday night, the possibilities of the Flyers' conference semifinal opponent is down to four. Keep in mind, if either the Rangers or the Panthers lose Thursday, the Flyers will have home-ice advantage in this upcoming round. IF THESE... Read more

Jodie Meeks Free Throw Shooting

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:29 AM
With a postseason slot secured and some of the primary players resting, there is not a lot to keep Sixers' fan interest over the last two games. But there is this: Jodie Meeks enters the final pair of contests shooting over 91% from the free throw line. He could become one of just 12 Sixers who have... Read more

Whom Would The Flyers Play

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7:31 AM
Since the NHL reseeds after the first round, it is not always easy to figure out who awaits you in the Conference Semifinals, especially if you are the first team from the conference to advance. Below are the eight scenarios for whom the Flyers will face in Round 2: IF THESE TEAMS ADVANCE: FLYERS... Read more

The Flyers' Power Dozen

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1:00 AM
Since the NHL reseeds after every round, we don't know whom the Flyers will face next. So, if we can't look forward, we'll look back ... and smile. The Flyers set a club record for power-play goals in a playoff series with 12 against the Penguins. At right, Brayden Schenn celebrates his, which got... Read more

Flyers' Earliest Playoff Goals

Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:33 AM
Claude Giroux scoring a goal just 32 seconds into the Flyers’ Game 6 clincher against the Penguins was pretty quick, but just the eighth earliest goal in Flyers’ playoff history. They have now scored 16 goals in the first minute of a postseason game (see list below). As usual, much thanks... Read more

Flyers and Penguins Upping The Score

Friday, April 20, 2012, 1:40 AM
Had the Flyers ended their playoff series with the Penguins Wednesday night, it is a fairly safe bet the two teams would have combined for a record-total number of goals in a four-game series. They entered Game 4 with 32 and something as simple as a 3-2 Flyers victory would have ended the series and... Read more

More on Moyer

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:34 AM
The best feel-good baseball story of the year so far has to be former Phillie Jamie Moyer setting the record for oldest pitcher to record a major league victory. He did so Tuesday (left) at the ripe, young age of 49 years, 151 days. He'll have a chance to reset that record when he takes the mound... Read more

Flyers Are Good At Taking The Fifth

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:57 AM
The Flyers entered Wednesday night with a 3-6 record in Game 4s of best-of-seven series in which they take a 3-0 lead. Let's now make that 3-7, but know that historically, they have nailed the coffin shut after that. In the six Game 5s that followed those Game 4 losses, the Flyers are 5-1 and have... Read more

Flyers' Sweep ... Dreams

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:08 AM
The only two times the Flyers opened the postseason with a best-of-seven series sweep were in 1974 and 1975. And if you aren’t sure why that is significant, you’re reading the wrong blog. And keep in mind, that each of those sweeps was completed with an overtime victory. Also, since the... Read more

Mike Schmidt's 500th Home Run

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:57 AM
It's hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Mike Schmidt reached the 500-home run milestone in a Phillies' 8-6 victory at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. (Schmidt is shown at left rounding the bases following his game-winning blast that day.) Below are the top 15 career home run hitters... Read more
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