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Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers, Game 60 Breakdown

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Philadelphia Flyers
@ Edmonton Oilers

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012, 7:30 PM MST
Rexall Place

Broad Street Hockey

The Oilers face off against the offensive-minded Flyers tonight. Over 30 tickets still remain:

Do goaltenders really get in a rhythm? - Broad Street Hockey
Anyone familiar with Bryz will tell you that he needs consecutive starts over a sustained period to find his rhythm. This refrain has been heard many times from many corners this season. It's been said by beat writers, columnists, and fans; it's been said of Ilya Bryzgalov in particular and of goalies in general. But that doesn't make it true. Join us after the jump as we once again put memory to the test of objective evidence.

Flyers Expected Lines

Jakub Voracek - Claude Giroux - Scott Hartnell
Jaromir Jagr - Matt Read - Daniel Briere
James van Riemsdyk - Brayden Schenn - Wayne Simmonds
Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Zac Rinaldo

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Pavel Kubina
Andrej Meszaros - Nicklas Grossman

Scratches: Shelley, Lilja, Wellwood

Score-Adjusted Fenwick standings update - Broad Street Hockey
When this methodology was published, we took an extensive look at various metrics to show that the larger sample size of SAF gives a more repeatable measure of talent (higher split-half reliability) and gives better predictions (better correlations to future points%), especially over the first half of the year. However, some dismissed our score adjustments based on the observation that the two metrics end up similar by the end of the year. So let's look at whether -- and how -- that harmonizing is occurring this year.

On booing Ilya Bryzgalov - Broad Street Hockey
Miller believes that fans should stop booing Ilya Bryzgalov. The goalie is not the kind of person that thrives off of boos and negative feedback, and by booing him we actually might be hurting him. The argument is that, as fans, we should want to do whatever we can to support the guy, and if boos aren't going to help him, we should stop. He's a $51 million investment -- we shouldn't be booing him if it's not beneficial to him.

Bobrovsky reacts to trade rumors - Broad Street Hockey
It's the time of year when basically every team in the league has players appearing in trade rumors. One of them on the Flyers side has been Sergei Bobrovsky. The young goaltender knows the name of the game, but says he's only focusing on his job as a Flyer.

Taylor Hall -- Shawn HorcoffAles Hemsky
Ryan SmythSam GagnerJordan Eberle
Magnus PaajarviEric BelangerBen Eager
Darcy HordichukAnton LanderLennart Petrell

Ladislav SmidJeff Petry
Ryan WhitneyTom Gilbert
Andy SuttonCam Barker

Devan Dubnyk

Hemsky A Shark? - Oil Acumen
With the increasing likelihood of Ales Hemsky being traded, it doesn't hurt to glance around the league and see what potential return the Oilers could get for their skilled winger. Though his value is at its lowest ever, the San Jose Sharks could have some interest in him.

G60 Flyers at Oilers - Lowetide
There’s no way the Oilers get full value, though. Hemsky’s season is recovering, but not in time for the deadline.

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Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Blair Betts knee 10/09/2011
Chris Pronger knee 11/20/2011
Tom Sestito groin 02/17/2012
Ian Laperriere concussion 09/18/2011

Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Theo Peckham other-excused 02/02/2012
Taylor Fedun femur 10/03/2011
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shoulder 02/07/2012