Flyers Notes: Flyers face crucial five-game homestand

Flyers Notes: Flyers face crucial five-game homestand

March 25, 2013, 9:00 am
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PITTSBURGH -- It might be the Flyers' final stand of the season if they have any hopes of snaring a playoff berth.
 
Five games at Wells Fargo Center against some very tough Eastern Conference opponents starting Tuesday against the New York Rangers, who just happen to occupy the 8th seed after Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Washington.
 
While the Flyers lost 2-1 in overtime to the Penguins, they did get a point (see story). They just failed to make any headway on a playoff berth.
 
“Yeah, it's going to be huge for us going in front of our fans,” Flyer captain Claude Giroux said.
 
“Obviously, we've gotta go one game at a time. We've got five games coming up here. We've got to find a way to win those five games to have a chance to have a spot in the playoffs.”
 
Three of those games are against the Rangers, Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
 
“We’ve played pretty well [at home] this year and obviously the race is on,” Brayden Schenn said. “Obviously, you come here for two points and I'm not happy that we walked away with just one.
 
“But we've got a lot of hockey left this week. We've got another good test coming up Tuesday.”
 
The Flyers are 9-4-1 at home.
 
Review/suspension coming?
Braydon Coburn could be getting a call from the NHL’s Lord of Discipline, Brendan Shanahan, on Monday.
 
In the final seconds of the regulation, Coburn nailed Pascal Dupuis behind the Flyers’ net with a high hit to the head that did not draw a penalty but is guaranteed to draw a look from the league office.
 
Grossmann injured
Although he took part in the morning skate, defenseman Nick Grossmann was scratched during warm-ups.
 
General manager Paul Holmgren said he had an upper body injury.
 
Grossmann’s absence allowed Kurtis Foster to leave the press and get himself in a game. He had sat as healthy scratch  14 of the previous 15 games.
 
Grossmann is the Flyers' top shot blocker with 82.
 
Briere injured
Danny Briere missed the game with an undisclosed upper body injury and did not make the trip. (See story).
 
He says he “crashed” into the boards during Saturday’s practice.
 
“Not doing good,” Briere  said.
 
Harry Zolnierczyk, who served the final game of his four-game suspension last Monday in Tampa Bay, replaced Briere in the lineup,
 
Only the Flyers could have five days without a game and still lose two players to injury.
 
Loose pucks
Briere’s injury forced  Laviolette to change the lines he had been using in practice. Hence, Zac Rinaldo replaced Briere on Max Talbot’s line with Scott Hartnell; Harry Z played with Ruslan Fedotenko and Sean Couturier … Matt Read continued to replace Hartnell on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, although Hartnell had a shift there at the end of the opening period ... Each team had a power-play goal. To that end, the Flyers are 5-6-2 in games when even with their opponent on power play goals scored.  They are 7-4 when outscoring their opponent on the man-advantage and 1-6 when being outscored.