In the spirit of sports espionage, here’s a few quick hits from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ray Parrillo provided a Pronger update for tonight’s game:
“Unless defenseman Chris Pronger can play a game without shooting the puck, he will not be in the lineup Saturday when the Flyers face Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center.”
“The Flyers thought they had outplayed Buffalo in dropping a 1-0 decision Thursday. That’s also what they were saying last spring about most of the first three games – all losses – against the Bruins.”
‘”The start was like when we were playing Boston last year,’ center Claude Giroux said after Friday’s practice in Voorhees. ‘We were playing good, but we just weren’t getting the bounces. I think it’s just a matter of time before the bounces come our way.'”
If the Flyers are dwelling on last season’s disappointment already, then the Sabres are in a very, very good place. Meanwhile, Frank Seravalli (interesting pattern with the names here) saw a possible cure for the hapless Flyers powerplay:
“Nik Zherdev last played in a Stanley Cup playoff game back on April 28, 2009. He has had almost 2 full years to think about how his Rangers coughed up a 3-1 series lead to Washington – and how he didn’t net a single point in the seven-game series.
Zherdev might finally get a chance to right one of those wrongs tonight in Game 2 against Buffalo. He flip-flopped lines in yesterday’s practice, skating more with Kris Versteeg and Mike Richards.
Zherdev, who had 16 regular season goals, was a healthy scratch for the 25th time this season, on Thursday. He was the key cog in the Flyers’ 2-for-6 power-play success in Ottawa on April 5.”
Zherdev had 1 goal and was +/-0 in 3 games against the Sabres this season. Finally, Ray Parrillo wrapped things up with a fun little piece about former linemates, Danny Briere and Jason Pominville:
“‘The first couple of times we played against each other, you know, you’re used to seeing him in a Sabres uniform and all of a sudden he’s on a different team,’ Pominville said. ‘So it was kind of weird. But now we’ve adjusted and he’s doing his thing with the Flyers and we’ve moved on from our side.'”
“The only times Pominville and Briere were on the ice at the same time Thursday were during the five Flyers power plays. Pominville, who had 22 goals and 30 assists in 73 regular-season games, spent 4 minutes, 15 seconds on Buffalo’s penalty-killing unit, which successfully snuffed out the Flyers’ advantage.”
Keep up the good work, Jason.