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About the Flyers - 11-13-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Flyers.

Record: 5-6-3

Leading Scorer: Mike Richards (above), 17 points (5 goals, 12 assist)

Last Game: 3-1 road win against the Islanders, Tuesday.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road loss Oct. 14. Pascal Dupuis blew a slapper by Antero Niittymaki in overtime for the win.

Flyers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Richards. He has a six-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins: Joe Mullen, assistant coach.

Useless Flyers Trivia: Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher (who is currently on injured reserve) is one of players still on an NHL roster who can claim they wore the Minnesota North Stars' jersey during their career. The other is Mike Modano who is still with the franchise which is now located in Dallas.

Best Flyers YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Flyers forward Eric Lindros once allegedly bit Sharks goon and former Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley during a game:

NOTES

-Rob Scuderi's foot is not broken.He is considered as day-to-day.

-Don't expect to see Flyers forward Daniel Briere. He will be out of the lineup for approximately a week due to a groin injury.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (above) can score some points.

-The price tag on the Penguins' new arena went up $31 million. The Penguins want to add this wing to the arena that can score 30-goals a season or so.

(Was that joke lame?)

-Matt Cooke is no Jarkko Ruutu.

-If Rob Scuderi is out for an extended period of time, who would the Penguins recall from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton?

-AHL Penguins forward Dave Gove is slumping.

-Which team is a more realistic model for re-building a franchise: The Penguins or Capitals?

-Yinz Luv 'Da Guins caught Tuesday's epic game against Detroit with some displaced Yinzers in a New York bar:

(Kudos to EN reader Troy Piekarksi for the heads up.)

-EN contributor Eric Politowski compiled the Penguins' goals from Games No. 8 through 15:

Atlantic Division

-Nikolai Zherdev's (right) two goals helped the Rangers trounce the Devils, 5-2.

-The Rangers demoted forward Patrick Rissmiller to Hartford of the AHL.

 -Injured Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is bored. All 132 fans of the Devils wake up and slap their heads in in irony.

-Islanders rookie forward Josh Bailey didn't exactly have a stellar debut Tuesday.

Northeast Division

-Tim Connolly, Adam Mair and Henrik Tallinder each had a goal and an assist for the Sabres who edged the Blues, 4-3.

-Shootout goals by Blake Wheeler and P.J. Axelsson gave the Bruins a 2-1 win at Chicago.

-Someone wants Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in the All-Star Game.

-Senators forward and former Penguin Jarkko Ruutu claims his elbow to the head of Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre wasn't malicious.

-With Ruutu suspended two games for the hit, Ottawa recalled forward Ryan Shannon from Binghamton of the AHL.

-The Maple Leafs don't know what to do with forward Jason Blake.

-Don't be surprised if a lot of Canadiens end up in the All-Star Game.

-The Maple Leads admitted they want to hire former Ducks general manager Brian Burke. In other news, a North Atlantic iceberg admitted it sunk the Titantic.

Southeast Division

-Alexander Semin (right, with Alex Ovechkin) had two goals and three assists for the Capitals in a 5-1 win at Carolina. The five-point outburst gave Semin 27 on the season, which is tops in the league. He has three more than the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin. Jerk.

-Washington goaltender Brent Johnson suffered a hip injury last night.

-Craig Anderson made 24 saves for the Panthers in a 4-0 shutout of the Lightning. Gregory Campbell contributed two goals.

-Tampa Bay was pretty sad last night.

-Carolina activated forward Brandon Sutter off injured reserve and demoted forward Dwight Helminen to Albany of the AHL.

-Hurricanes forward Eric Staal isn't shy about taking shots.

-The Thrashers recalled goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from Chicago of the AHL.

-Atlanta wants to get its fans drunk relatively cheap.

Central Division

-The Blackhawks retired the No. 3 jersey in honor of Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote (above with Bobby Hull).

-Here's the video that was played at the United Center in honor of Magnuson and Pilote:

-Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom called himself out in the wake of Tuesday's collapse to the Penguins.

-Tuesday's loss was a wake up call or the Red Wings.

-Detroit coach Mike Babcock isn't exactly excited about the return of defenseman Brett Lebda.

-Babcock felt turnovers hurt his team more than the way it played defense Tuesday.

-Babcock denied that he courted free-agent-to-be Marian Hossa in the handshake line following the Stanley Cup final.

-Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood and his teammates plan on rebounding from the loss.

-The Blue Jackets activated goaltender Pascal Leclaire from injured reserve.

-Columbus defenseman Marc Methot is dealing with a knee injury.

Northwest Division

-Marek Svatos and Wojtek Wolski scored shootout goals to give the Avalanche a 2-1 win in Vancouver. This loss snapped a three-game shutout streak for Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.

-The Vancouver Sun has an online petition to give Luongo, the team's captain, an actual "C" on his jersey. NHL rules prevent goaltenders from wearing a "C" or "A" on their jersey.

-Colorado forward Ben Guite is dealing with a rib injury.

-The Canucks demoted former Penguins forward Michel Ouellet to Manitoba of the AHL.

-Flames forward and former Penguins goon Andre Roy is a funny guy.

-The WIld isnt talking about the contract situations of forward Marian Gaborik or goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

-Edmonton goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (right, above) has been on overnight sensation.

-Conan O'Brien recently showed some love for Oilers fans:

Pacific Division

-Shane Doan had two goals and an assist for the Coyotes in a 5-2 win at Columbus. Phoenix has won three consecutive games.

-Since a recent call-up from San Antonio of the AHL, forward Garth Murray has provided some grit to the Coyotes.

-The NHL did not suspend Stars forward Brenden Morrow (right) for getting an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of play Tuesday against the Kings. Additionally, Dallas coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett avoided a $10,000 fine.

-The returns of Jere Lehtinen and Sergei Zubov should help the Stars rebound from a rough start.

-The Kings weren't happy with Stars forward Mike Ribeiro pulling a Chad Johnson.

-Forward Devin Setoguchi has been a big part of San Jose's big start this season.

-Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell is recovering from a leg injury.

-Brian Burke is the reason Anaheim is a top-notch franchise.

-Burke's departure leaves the Ducks' future uncertain.

(Photos: Richards and Zherdev-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Malkin-Chris McGrath/Getty Images; Semin-Karl B. Delaker/Associated Press; Pilote-Brian Kersey/Getty Images; Drouin-Deslauriers-Al Bello/Getty Images; Morrow-Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

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