Flyers 2012-13 Schedule Released: Puck Drops in Style on October 11th

Flyers 2012-13 Schedule Released: Puck Drops in Style on October 11th

The NHL released the 2012-13 schedule today, announcing the Flyers will host the Boston Bruins in the first part of a nationally televised doubleheader to kick off the new season.

NBC Sports will air the rematch of last season's opener, when the Flyers spoiled the Bruins' Stanley Cup banner raising with a 2-1 win. That game will be followed immediately by St. Louis at Colorado.

Boston and Philly will collide three more times during the month of March, including a home-and-home March 30-31.

Thoughts on some key dates, plus the full schedule below.

The Flyers won't have to wait long to get their first crack at rival Pittsburgh. Just one week into the season, they'll welcome the Penguins to the Wells Fargo Center in game number three on October 18. They don't meet again in Philly until March 26, part two of a home-and-home series, with the final of their six tilts coming down to the final week of the season, April 9 at WFC.

On that note, the Flyers close out their season at home on April 13 against the Rangers. It was only 2010 when the two teams memorably decided their playoff fates with a shootout in game number 82. Claude Giroux's goal gave Philadelphia the 2-1 victory, catapulting them into the postseason, and all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, while New York watched.

The Devils, Eastern Conference Champions and Flyers playoff ousters, arrive in Philly for the first of six on November 1. The clubs then go head-to-head three times between Decemebr 11-21, which includes the remainder of the home games against New Jersey. The final of those three also kicks off the longest road trip of the year.

The Flyers have eight in a row on the road over Christmas and New Years as they vacate the building for the annual Disney on Ice shows. They'll swing out west for six of those, including their lone slate with the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on January 3. I'm sure that will be received back home with exactly the right amount of hype.

The Flyers also have a pair of five-game road trips against eastern opponents, from Nov. 24 to and Dec. 4, and again from Feb. 12 to Feb. 20.

Full schedule:

October 2012
Thu Oct 11, 2012     vs. Bruins         7:00 PM     
Sat Oct 13, 2012     @ Islanders         7:00 PM     
Thu Oct 18, 2012     vs. Penguins         7:00 PM     
Sat Oct 20, 2012     vs. Jets         7:00 PM     
Thu Oct 25, 2012     @ Canadiens         7:30 PM     
Sat Oct 27, 2012     vs. Maple Leafs     7:00 PM     
Sun Oct 28, 2012     @ Sabres         5:00 PM     
Tue Oct 30, 2012     vs. Stars         7:00 PM     

November 2012
Thu Nov 1, 2012     vs. Devils         7:00 PM     
Sat Nov 3, 2012     vs. Ducks         1:00 PM     
Sun Nov 4, 2012     @ Rangers         7:00 PM     
Tue Nov 6, 2012     vs. Sabres        7:00 PM     
Thu Nov 8, 2012     @ Hurricanes         7:00 PM     
Sat Nov 10, 2012     vs. Hurricanes         7:00 PM     
Tue Nov 13, 2012     vs. Wild         7:00 PM     
Fri Nov 16, 2012     @ Sabres         7:00 PM     
Sat Nov 17, 2012     vs. Sabres         7:00 PM     
Wed Nov 21, 2012     vs. Senators         7:00 PM     
Fri Nov 23, 2012     vs. Jets         3:00 PM     
Sat Nov 24, 2012     @ Rangers         1:00 PM     
Wed Nov 28, 2012     @ Maple Leafs         7:00 PM     
Thu Nov 29, 2012     @ Islanders         7:00 PM     

December 2012
Sat Dec 1, 2012     @ Panthers         7:30 PM     
Tue Dec 4, 2012     @ Lightning         7:30 PM     
Thu Dec 6, 2012     vs. Sharks         7:00 PM     
Sat Dec 8, 2012     @ Islanders         1:00 PM     
Sun Dec 9, 2012     vs. Islanders         7:00 PM     
Tue Dec 11, 2012     vs. Devils         7:00 PM     
Thu Dec 13, 2012     @ Capitals         7:00 PM     
Sat Dec 15, 2012     vs. Hurricanes         1:00 PM     
Wed Dec 19, 2012     vs. Devils         7:30 PM     
Fri Dec 21, 2012     @ Devils         7:00 PM     
Sun Dec 23, 2012     @ Senators         1:00 PM     
Thu Dec 27, 2012     @ Predators         8:00 PM     
Sat Dec 29, 2012     @ Blues         8:00 PM     
Mon Dec 31, 2012     @ Coyotes         9:00 PM     

January 2013
Thu Jan 3, 2013     @ Kings         10:30 PM     
Sat Jan 5, 2013     @ Sharks         10:30 PM     
Sun Jan 6, 2013     @ Canucks         9:00 PM     
Thu Jan 10, 2013     vs. Canadiens         7:00 PM     
Sat Jan 12, 2013     vs. Rangers         1:00 PM     
Tue Jan 15, 2013     @ Jets             8:00 PM     
Thu Jan 17, 2013     vs. Capitals         7:00 PM     
Sat Jan 19, 2013     vs. Flames         1:00 PM     
Sun Jan 20, 2013     @ Blackhawks         7:30 PM     
Wed Jan 23, 2013     vs. Maple Leafs     7:30 PM     
Tue Jan 29, 2013     @ Wild             8:00 PM     

February 2013
Fri Feb 1, 2013     @ Capitals         7:00 PM     
Sat Feb 2, 2013     vs. Red Wings         7:00 PM     
Tue Feb 5, 2013     vs. Lightning         7:00 PM     
Thu Feb 7, 2013     vs. Panthers         7:00 PM     
Sat Feb 9, 2013     vs. Oilers         2:00 PM     
Tue Feb 12, 2013     @ Penguins         7:00 PM     
Thu Feb 14, 2013     @ Blue Jackets         7:00 PM     
Fri Feb 15, 2013     @ Devils         7:00 PM     
Sun Feb 17, 2013     @ Rangers         TBD     
Wed Feb 20, 2013     @ Penguins         7:30 PM     
Thu Feb 21, 2013     vs. Panthers         7:00 PM     
Sat Feb 23, 2013     vs. Avalanche         1:00 PM     
Mon Feb 25, 2013     vs. Rangers         7:00 PM     
Wed Feb 27, 2013     vs. Capitals         7:30 PM     

March 2013
Fri Mar 1, 2013     vs. Islanders         7:00 PM     
Sat Mar 2, 2013     @ Maple Leafs         7:00 PM     
Mon Mar 4, 2013     vs. Lightning         7:00 PM     
Sat Mar 9, 2013     @ Bruins         1:00 PM     
Sun Mar 10, 2013     vs. Blackhawks        3:00 PM     
Wed Mar 13, 2013     @ Devils         7:30 PM     
Fri Mar 15, 2013     vs. Canadiens         7:00 PM     
Sun Mar 17, 2013     @ Panthers         6:00 PM     
Mon Mar 18, 2013     @ Lightning         7:30 PM     
Fri Mar 22, 2013     @ Hurricanes         7:00 PM     
Sun Mar 24, 2013     @ Penguins         7:30 PM     
Tue Mar 26, 2013     vs. Penguins         7:00 PM     
Thu Mar 28, 2013     vs. Islanders         7:00 PM     
Sat Mar 30, 2013     @ Bruins         1:00 PM     
Sun Mar 31, 2013     vs. Bruins         7:30 PM     

April 2013
Tue Apr 2, 2013     @ Canadiens         7:30 PM     
Thu Apr 4, 2013     @ Senators         7:30 PM     
Sat Apr 6, 2013     @ Jets             7:00
PM     
Tue Apr 9, 2013     vs. Penguins         7:00 PM     
Thu Apr 11, 2013     vs. Senators         7:00 PM     
Sat Apr 13, 2013     vs. Rangers         3:00 PM

Sixers' '66-'67 team reflects on success of 'best team ever'

Sixers' '66-'67 team reflects on success of 'best team ever'

As part of their “Salute Saturday” series, the Sixers honored the 1966-67 championship team at halftime of their 107-106 loss the Celtics on Saturday.

Fifty years after winning the title, the success of the squad (which went 68-13 in the regular season) still resonates with those representing the Sixers today. After all, they are the group Wilt Chamberlain described as “the best team ever.” 

“It’s just part of the history of this city and the organization,” said Brett Brown, who has established a relationship with Billy Cunningham through practice visits and emails. “There was a toughness with that team that he personified and the city sort of reflects. It’s stuff you hear me talk about all the time how you want our team to reflect the spirit of the city. That team did it.”

Prior to their tribute ceremony, members of the team reflected on their run in which they beat the San Francisco Warriors for the title. 

On Wilt Chamberlain
“Wilt was such a dominant figure, not only as a basketball player, but he’s almost bigger than the game,” Matt Goukas said. “He played so well, he was such a good team player – he started really passing the ball right around that time --and that enabled great scorers like Hal (Greer) and Billy and Chet Walker to do their thing, and Wilt was very happy to give them that leeway.”.

On fond memories
“It was a team that we played well together and we lived as a family and that’s what made it so good for us," Greer said. "A lot of fun, a lot of fun. We missed the next year, but 68-13 is not bad at all.”

“It’s hard to forget a situation like that where we had such a terrific team and the season went so quickly, we won so many games and then of course winning a championship,” Goukas said. “As a first year player I said, ‘This is the way it’s supposed to be, I guess.’ But of course I never won another championship as a player, but we had such a terrific group of guys and true professionals that for me as a rookie, Billy Melchionni as a rookie, we really benefited from guys like Hal Greer, Wally Jones and Harry Costello, they really showed us the way.”

On team chemistry
“It was very difficult times when you look at the sixties from a social aspect,” Cunningham said. “Martin Luther King was killed the following year we won the championship. Race relationships weren’t the best. And this time, which was just about half black-half white, I’m not even sure, it was never an issue. That’s the beauty I think of being on a team you know getting to know people, you judge them as an individual and nothing more than that.”

“I think it was our coach Alex Hannum, for one (that kept the team together),” Greer said. “And of course the big guy. He held us together most of the time, he could rebound, play defense, do it all.”

Ivan Provorov buries Chicago nightmare by showing Blackhawks his true self

Ivan Provorov buries Chicago nightmare by showing Blackhawks his true self

Ivan Provorov moved on but didn’t forget.

The 19-year-old still remembers losing his footing on the United Center ice in front of 21,263 fans, alone in his own end and costing the Flyers a goal in a blowout defeat to the Blackhawks on Oct. 18.

In just his third NHL game, Provorov had his rookie moment. He also had a minus-5 rating when the 7-4 loss was all said and done.

Well, on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, he saw the Blackhawks again and made it a point to show them his best. Provorov ripped off two goals in 31 seconds of the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit and spearhead a 3-1 win for the Flyers (see story).

Better output than last time?

Provorov laughed, paused and then laughed again.

“A little bit,” he said. “I think so.

“I was trying to use it as a positive thing. Try to prove that that’s not me, that it’s just one bad game.”

Consider that job done.

“I didn’t play my best at that game,” Provorov said. “But I put it behind me, learned from it and this was a better result tonight.”

In 31 ticks of the clock, the Russian defenseman topped his goal total through the first 25 games (see 10 observations). Provorov uncorked a slap shot and slung a wrister for the tallies early in the middle stanza.

“I think you have to keep everything in perspective from a night like that,” Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said of Provorov’s first game against Chicago. “He is a guy that continues to work at his game and continues to build.”

Provorov didn’t net the hat trick, but in the same period, saved a goal on the defensive end when he quickly pounced on a puck dribbling toward the goal line off and behind goalie Steve Mason.

“I came from the left corner and I saw the puck was rolling on Mase’s shoulder,” Provorov said. “It went down, rolled to the goal line. I just got there as quick as I could and swiped it out.

“I think it was close. As soon I saw the puck, I tried to get there as fast as I can.”

After experiencing some growing pains to start the season, Provorov has played better. Once he makes a mistake, he rarely makes it again.

“He’s just beyond his years in terms of maturity and the way he studies the game,” Hakstol said a little over two weeks ago. “He’s a young guy that I can probably ask him about a play that happened two weeks ago in a game and he would immediately have recall on that play. A very intelligent player, he’s handled the ups and the downs pretty well."

Mason isn't surprised by Provorov's development.

"When you come into the league at a young age, it’s not easy and you’ve got to get your feet under you," Mason said. "We’re starting to see that [with Provorov]."

And two goals in half a minute don’t hurt.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said. “Two great plays by our forwards. The whole team, it was a great effort, we played a great hockey game, so it was easy to play.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster. For me, it’s defense first but when you get goals and assists, it’s always nice.”

The Flyers had the players’ dads on hand for Saturday’s game. Provorov’s father, Vladimir, couldn’t make it from Russia, but you can bet he tuned in.

“He watches every game back home,” Provorov said. “Today was a little easier because it’s only 9 p.m. back home when the game started, so yeah, I think my whole family watched it.”

He watches the other games at 3, 4 a.m.?

“Yeah,” Provorov said with a smile, “then he takes my brother to practice at 6.”