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Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists in Philadelphia's 5-4 victory over Washington.

Obviously, preseason statistics can't be read into too deeply, but it is worth noting as the Flyers try to get off to a stronger start than they had in 2013-14. Philadelphia struggled mightily out of the gate last season and Voracek was no exception with just four points in 11 October contests.
Sep 23 - 10:40 AM

Mark Streit filled the stat sheet for the Flyers in Monday's 5-4 preseason win over Washington.

The veteran defenseman scored a goal and dished out three helpers in an impressive offensive performance for the Flyers. Brayden Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Jakub Voracek and Andrew Gordon also tallied for Philly in the victory. Goaltenders Rob Zepp and Ray Emery each played about 30 minutes between the pipes to get their first taste of preseason action.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall admitted he put a lot of thought into whether or not it would be an awkward situation before his son, Brett Hextall, signed an AHL team within Philadelphia's organization.

"Obviously I know Brett's character inside and out," Ron Hextall said. "He plays the game hard . . . and plays with a lot of sandpaper. Once we got some of the top guys signed there and some of our kids in place, that was the element we felt we needed - and Brett happened to be [available]. He's excited, and so is his mom." The younger Hextall had 23 points and 83 penalty minutes in 59 games in 2013-14. He's not a good bet to play for Philadelphia at all this season.
Sep 22 - 9:13 AM

Darroll Powe is optimistic about his chances of making the Flyers despite signing an AHL contract this summer.

"My goal was to come in here and make this team," Powe said. "I think you are selling yourself short if you don't have that goal. From Day 1, I wanted to be here as soon as I became a free agent. This where I am — at training camp with the Flyers. I could not be happier where I am. It’s up to me now to show what I can do. See where it takes me." There's a chance Powe will find a way to squeeze into the roster as a bottom-six forward, but he's far more likely to start the season in the minors. He might eventually play for Philadelphia in 2014-15 as an injury replacement, but even then we wouldn't count on it.
Sep 21 - 1:59 PM

Jay Rosehill won the Flyers speed skating contest on Tuesday.

It's not often that the team enforcer is the fastest skater so we felt that we had to report this. Rosehill is a fantasy asset in the penalty minute category only as pools we play in, do not have a speed category.
Sep 21 - 8:56 AM

Steve Mason would love to play in the All-Star game this season.

The game will be played in Columbus where Mason got his NHL start but struggled the last few years there after winning the Calder Trophy. He goes into camp as the Flyers undisputed number one netminder. "That's nothing that's crossed my mind, but it would be nice to go full circle," Mason said. "Philly is where I've kind of revived myself and learned to love the game again."
Sep 21 - 8:53 AM

Andrew MacDonald has a new defensive partner this season as Brayden Coburn has been matched with him.

MacDonald played alongside Kimmo Timonen last season after his trade from the Islanders but with Timonen out of action, possibly for the rest of his career, with blood clots, Coburn has been paired up with him. "In practice, I talked to Gord [Murphy]," MacDonald said, referring to the club's new defensive coach. "It's a bigger responsibility to be out there with Cobie. It's a situation you want to be in — key situations in the game. We haven't even played any games yet. Camp is a long time. Anything can change. As of now, we'll see how things play out." MacDonald will see power play time this season but it could be on the second unit depending on how well Michael Del Zotto plays to start the season.
Sep 21 - 8:49 AM

Claude Giroux (lower body) worked out off the ice on Saturday.

Giroux suffered a lower body injury on Friday and the hope is that he can get in one pre-season game before the start of the season. Giroux is one of the top scorers in the NHL and deserves to be taken in the second round of most drafts at this time.
Sep 21 - 8:43 AM

Brayden Schenn took over the top spot at center in training camp Saturday.

Schenn was playing on the left side on the top line but moved over to center with the injury suffered by Claude Giroux on Saturday. Michael Raffl took over Schenn's spot on the left side with R.J. Umberger moving up the left wing depth chart to play alongside Vincent Lecavalier and Jason Akeson on the second unit. Expect Schenn to move back to the left side when Giroux returns to action in two-four weeks.
Sep 21 - 8:33 AM

Vincent Lecavalier centered Michael Raffl and R.J. Umberger during the Flyers first practice on Friday.

Things could change as Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury and is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks but it looks for now as if the Lecavalier, Umberger and Raffl line will be the second unit in Philadelphia as of now. The third unit on Friday was Sean Couturier between Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds while Pierre-Edouard Bellemare centered Zac Rinaldo and Jason Akeson on the fourth.
Sep 20 - 11:19 AM

Claude Giroux is expected to miss all of the Flyers pre-season games at least after suffering a lower body injury on Friday.

Giroux was centering Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek when the injury occurred and he was replaced by Darroll Powe in the middle. It is expected that Schenn will move back to center with Giroux out. He is expected to miss two-four weeks so he will return before the start of the season if it is only two weeks and will miss a couple of weeks of the regular season if it's the latter. Look for Giroux to get 85-90 points if he plays a full season.

Steve Mason will enter training camp this season as the undisputed number one goaltender.

Mason came to camp last season in a battle with Ray Emery for the number one spot but quickly grabbed the reins and established himself as the top goalie in Philadelphia. He had a 33-18-7 record with a 2.50 GAA and a .917 save percentage so look for more of the same this season. Mason broke his pinky finger at the end of July but apparently is fully recovered and ready to go.
Sep 20 - 11:05 AM

Claude Giroux (lower body) is expected to miss the first two weeks of training camp.

"This just happened today. Its the first day of camp and guys go 100 miles per-hour and things happen," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "Obviously its not the way you want to start. That's the hand we were dealt and we're going to deal with it." The good news is Giroux won't miss any playing time, barring a setback. Unless his condition gets worse, this shouldn't impact his fantasy value for the 2014-15 campaign, although it's certainly troubling that Giroux is already dealing with lower-body issues.
Sep 19 - 1:57 PM

Claude Giroux has a lower-body injury.

Giroux was on the ice for around 15 minutes of the Flyers' practice on Friday before he left the ice. The severity of the injury isn't known yet.
Sep 19 - 12:15 PM

Wayne Simmonds is going to be one of the Philadelphia Flyers' assistant captains in 2014-15, according to Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post.

With Scott Hartnell now in Columbus and Kimmo Timonen's career in doubt, there was a clear void in leadership hierarchy. The 26-year-old Simmonds is coming off a career season in goals (29) and points (60) with five seasons left on his contract.
Sep 18 - 11:51 PM

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