The Flyers lose 4-1 to the Sabres. The Flyers outshot the Sabres 40-27, but were unable to capitalize on 39 of those shots and lost to one of the league’s worst teams. Brayden Schenn’s power play goal with just over two minutes left in the game was enough to save the Flyers from getting shut out, but a costly second period left the Flyers in a hole that was just too deep to dig themselves out of. Mason made 23 saves on 26 shots.
The Wayne Train is headed to Los Angeles. The NHL All Star rosters were announced yesterday, and Wayne Simmonds is the only Flyer who made the cut. It’s no surprise, he’s having a great season so far. He leads the team in goals (17), is tied with Schenn for the team lead in power play goals (8), and is third on the team in points (32). This is his first All Star selection, and he will be headed back to the city where he started his career in 2008. Over three seasons with the Kings, he played in 240 games and had 39 goals and 54 assists.
Streit closer to returning, Flyers still need to make a roster move. Mark Streit skated with the team today, and should be ready to return to the lineup soon. He’s been out since December 12 with a shoulder injury, and was paired in practice with Radko Gudas. When he returns, the Flyers will be about $119,000 over the salary cap and will need to make an additional roster move in order to be in compliance.
Rubtsov has surgery, signs in the QMJHL. 2016 first round draft pick German Rubtsov had an underwhelming showing at the World Junior Championships a few weeks ago, thanks in part to a broken nose that sidelined him for a decent portion of the later games. But more important than his surgical repair on Monday is the news that he’s terminated his contract with HC Vityaz, of the KHL, and signed a new contract with Chicoutimi, of the CHL. Ron Hextall has denied any involvement in the move, but it certainly looks to be one that benefits the organization tremendously. The Flyers are in a position now where they can keep a much closer eye on him and can be hands-on with his development.
Happy Anniversary, Red Army! On this day in 1976, the Philadelphia Flyers faced off against the infamous Red Army, comprised of some of the best players the Soviet Union had to offer. Their final stop against the Philadelphia squad, the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champions, was one of the most anticipated moments of the Soviets’ four-game tour through North America. The Red Army was, so far, undefeated, beating the Rangers 7-3, the Bruins 5-2, and tying the Canadiens 3-3. After storming off the ice when things weren’t going their way, the Soviets were given an ultimatum by our fearless leader, Ed Snider: Return to the ice, or don’t get paid one cent for the entire tour. The Soviets caved, and the Flyers went on to win the game 4-1.