Flyers-Capitals: Game 42 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The trade deadline has come and gone. For the Flyers, there are minimal changes for now, as they bid farewell to two players on expiring contracts at the end of the season in Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson. They also locked up Scott Laughton for the next five seasons.

The Washington Capitals, however, were busy. In addition to acquiring Raffl from the Flyers, they also made a blockbuster deal with Detroit, acquiring Anthony Mantha for Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, plus a pair of draft picks. While Raffl is out for Tuesday's game between the two, Mantha will make his debut with the Capitals.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Fletcher Discusses Deadline Moves, Laughton Extension

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There wasn’t too much unexpected from Chuck Fletcher on Monday as the trade deadline hit. The Flyers sold two pieces that were on expiring deals in Michael Raffl and Erik Gustafsson. They also re-signed Scott Laughton, something they have expressed as a priority over the last week. 

It was a little bit of selling and a little bit of positioning the team for the future, two things that need to be the focus moving forward. With the trade deadline now in the past, the focus eventually will shift to the offseason and making changes.

But on deadline day, there weren’t many big splashes to be made unless players were on expiring contracts.

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Flyers Sign Laughton to Extension; Trade Raffl, Gustafsson

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

One of the headlining names on trade deadline day was that of Scott Laughton. It was no secret that the forward drafted by the Flyers in 2012 was possibly on the trading block. It was also no secret that both the player and organization wanted to stay together moving forward.

As the deadline hour approached, there were ongoing talks that the Flyers were working on an extension for Laughton. Less than an hour until the trade deadline, Laughton is here to stay, signing a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of $3 million.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Sunday’s Flyers-Sabres Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, just when you think the Flyers have stooped to the lowest level, they deliver a result in a fashion like they did on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Flyers played a first period that followed up Saturday’s win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon and took a 2-0 lead. In an instant, that lead was gone early in the second period.

Then, just like they did on Saturday, a third-period goal put the Flyers back in front. And with under four minutes to play, the Flyers looked like they were going to find a way to win again and that would certainly make things interesting. As much as it seems like the Flyers playoff hopes were dashed a while ago, specifically with their regulation loss to Boston on Tuesday, a win against Buffalo on Sunday afternoon would put them two points back of Boston again.

But then came the series of unfortunate events that is certainly not coincidence, but the result of self-inflicted wounds. The Flyers made multiple mistakes that allowed the Sabres to tie the game with 3:03 left in the third. The goal was reviewed and remained on the board. Then 25 seconds later, the Flyers were now trailing for the first time on Sunday. 

Less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, the Flyers were left with a stunning defeat to the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL lowest team in the standings, handed a loss by lowly Buffalo for the second time in two weeks. It was the most fitting of endings for a team that has continued to get in their own way all season.

I had planned to do a takeaways of the weekend, but realistically, this is going to strictly be a takeaways from Sunday’s game, because there’s no real reason to revisit the Saturday game at this point. So here are five takeaways from the Flyers 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.

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Late-Game Collapse Hands Flyers Another Loss to Buffalo

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

For the second straight day, a third-period goal put the Flyers in the driver's seat with the potential for two more points in the standings. The Flyers were closing in on it too, down to the final four minutes of play. That's when two quick mistakes dashed all that.

The Sabres tied the game with 3:03 left after an icing by the Flyers, then scored again with 2:38 to play to take the lead away from the Flyers in a matter of 25 seconds. Buffalo also managed the empty-netter to secure the 5-3 result on Sunday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Sabres: Game 41 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

At the time of puck drop on Sunday afternoon, there will be 25 hours remaining until the NHL trade deadline. There is certainly a chance things could look different for the Flyers by the time they next take the ice following this game. Of course, Saturday's win somewhat kept their playoff hopes alive for a bit longer.

Now, the Flyers take the ice again, this time to face the Buffalo Sabres. A win could move them back to within two points of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the East, pending the result of Boston's game later on Sunday night. 

Game time is at 2 p.m.

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Flyers Get Win in Regulation Over Bruins

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

With the trade deadline looming on Monday, time is certainly running out on the Flyers to make any form of a playoff push. Some of the results over the last week very well may have already dashed those hopes. For the players though, the playoff push isn't over yet with 18 games to play, but it was going to take regulation victories to really make an impact.

The Flyers got one on Saturday, scoring the only goal of the third period to claim a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Bruins: Game 40 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Following another meeting with the Islanders that resulted in a shootout loss, the Flyers are going back up against the Boston Bruins for the third time this week.

The two teams split the games earlier in the week with the Flyers winning on Monday night in overtime, then falling in regulation on Tuesday. That loss certainly felt like the final nail in the coffin on the Flyers playoff hopes, but if they are to make any bid at getting back in the race, a regulation win on Saturday against Boston is a must. 

Game time is at 2 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Thursday’s Flyers-Islanders Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

At this point in the season, there are two ways to look at each Flyers result. If you are like the players clinging to any little hope left in a playoff race, the result of the game is all that matters. If you have come to terms with the Flyers shortcomings this season and are already focusing on next season, the only thing within the game that matters is pulling a few positives that make the team competitive.

If you are the latter, this was a really good game from the Flyers. There were two very notable areas that stepped up and helped get the game to overtime and put them in a position to win. But if you were strictly looking for two points and a chance to stay in the playoff race even just for a little longer, it was another night where even a solid effort came up short.

Here are five takeaways from Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders.

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Flyers Fall Short to Islanders Again in Shootout

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Last Saturday, the Flyers kept their dimming playoff hopes alive for another day by getting a point against the Islanders and then following it up with an overtime win over the Bruins on Monday. Tuesday's regulation loss felt like a dagger with points being of the utmost importance.

The Flyers got one point by getting Thursday's game against the Islanders to overtime, but suffered the same fate as their previous game in Long Island, falling in a shootout, 3-2.

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