Giroux, Bryzgalov, Pronger, And Others Discussed In Flyers' Player, Management End Of Season Interviews

While no updates were forthcoming regarding Flyers' players that were nursing injuries during the playoffs and resultant upcoming surgeries, there were some good bits of information about the club in the end of season media day.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Flyers Vs. Devils Game 5: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Philadelphia Flyers face the worst possible situation Tuesday, as they enter a 2012 NHL Playoff elimination game (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network) against the visiting New Jersey Devils without its best player. Claude Giroux will be absent from Game 5's showdown at the Wells Fargo Center, as he will be serving a one-game suspension for a hit on Devils' Dainius Zubrus in Game 4.

Giroux's punishment was handed down Monday, a night after Philly lost 4-2 and now trail in the best-of-seven series 3-1. The suspension to Giroux is a big one, as the Flyers regular-season point leader has tallied two goals and an assists in this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Now, Philly will need its post-season points leader, forward Danny Briere (three goals, one assists), to step-up a bit more and hope the possible return of forward Zac Rinaldo, who might play on the fourth line if cleared to play for the first time since late in round one, can compensate for the loss.

To catch the possible last Flyers game of the year, here's the viewing information:

Location: Wells Fargo Center

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Network

Series: Devils lead best-of-seven series 3-1.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Philly for all the updates. For all your Flyers news and information, head over to Broad Street Hockey. If you're a Devils fan, In Lou We Trust has what you need. For all your 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff needs, SB Nation's NHL hub has you covered.


Flyers Vs Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 2: Shot Chart Shows Extent of Devils Dominance

The Philadelphia Flyers almost went an entire period without a shot on goal. They ended the night getting out shot 35 to 20. We can attempt to paint this picture, but ESPN’s shot chart paints a much better one:

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Just look at the number of shots taken from the slot. Going off just this chart, and not taking into account subjective determinations, the Flyers appear to have given up 20 scoring chances in Game Two.

In addition to letting 20 scoring chances get through to Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers blocked approximately 15 other shots from the scoring chance area.

That’s a lot of shot attempts, and a lot of shot attempts from prime scoring areas.

If the Flyers want to win this series, they will have to get better defensively.

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