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Daily Times beat writer Anthony J. SanFilippo takes you inside the locker rooms of the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Just when you thought you've seen it all in sports comes this wacky possibility - The Flyers' next game might be rained out.

Yep, the National Weather Service is calling for a "weather Event" of sizable proportions to roll into New England late tomorrow night and into Friday and Saturday that could postpone the Winter Classic slated for Fenway Park.

The league has plans in place to deal with these issues, but for now the Flyers' brass is still feeling confident the game is going to go on as planned.

"The Boston guys are telling me it looks like there'll be a window to get the game in," said Flyers' President Peter Luukko. "I'm from New England, and you can never predict the weather up there, so who knows, but I think they'll see what the forecast is that morning and make the decision then."

I think Luukko was simply regurgitating league-fed info - it is a league-run event after all - and the likelyhood of the game being a wash out Friday is greater than you might think.

We'll know more tomorrow, but I'm betting on a final decision on New Year's breakfast.


Interesting stats from the Flyers 6-0 win:

- Mike Richards was plus-4 while Brandon Dubinsky was minus-4.

"Tonight is not a night for me to talk about how the team played. I'm one of the go-to guys here, one of the guys the team relies on and a performance like that is unacceptable," Dubinsky said. "It was probably my worst game as a New York Ranger."

- Scott Hartnell played just 9:58, a team low for the Flyers.

Not sure if this was injury-related, discipline related, or rest-related with the Flyers having a comfortable lead, but I'll certainly look into it tomorrow.

- Blair Betts won 69 percent of his faceoffs against his former team. Most of his wins came against Rangers captain Chris Drury.

Betts is proving to be an integral part of the Flyers roster. He's their best faceoff guy, he's their best penalty-killer, He's a quality checking line center, in short, he's been a strong offseason addition.

Three Stars

I voted for Gagne, Briere and Carter and that's exactly how they played out. They were really good offensively.


Finally, I think Michael Leighton deserves a shot at the start in the Winter Classic.

In his four starts he's 4-0 with a 1.48 GAA and .952 save percentage. That's stellar.


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