Saturday, July 4, 2015

Flyers fall, need to bolster D; can they stop Wings' history try?

UPDATED: 6:40 p.m. on Sunday.

Flyers fall, need to bolster D; can they stop Wings' history try?

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UPDATED: 6:40 p.m. on Sunday.

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The New York Rangers have the Flyers' number.

Led by Ryan Callahan's hat trick, the Rangers whipped the host Flyers, 5-2, on Saturday and are now 5-0 against Philadelphia this season. Oh, and they have outscored the Flyers, 19-8.

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Clearly, the Flyers need to add another defenseman before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Nashville doesn't appear willing to deal Shea Weber or Ryan Suter, so the Flyers should pursue, in order: Toronto's Luke Schenn, Carolina's Bryan Allen or Montreal's Hal Gill.

Listening, Paul Holmgren?

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New York has won seven straight against the Flyers, their longest winning streak against the Orange and Black since they won 10 in a row from 1971-73.

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The Flyers will play in Detroit Sunday night, and they have a tall task.

The Red Wings, you see, will be chasing history _ some of it set by a Flyers team from yesteryear.

Detroit will be trying to equal an NHL record for consecutive home wins at 20, co-owned by the Flyers of 1975-76 and Boston in 1929-30.

That 1975-76 Flyers team was led by Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Reggie Leach. Wayne Stephenson was the primary goalie because Bernie Parent was injured.

Surprisingly, Sergei Bobrovsky will start Sunday for the Flyers. Ilya Bryzgalov will be his backup.

Coach Peter Laviolette said Bryzgalov needs another day to get back his stength after missing two games because of the flu.

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BREAKAWAYS: he Flyers are 13-9-5 at home, 18-8-2 on the road......Laviolette will appear on “Charlie Moore: No Offense” on the NBC Sports Network. The fishing show will air Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. _ before and after the Flyers-Red Wings game. It will also be shown Thursday at 9 p.m.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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