Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Flyers Tops in the Atlantic Division

The Flyers beat the L.A. Kings 3-2 in overtime, and with a little help from the Penguins defeating the Devils, Philly is now in first place. The Flyers continued their hot play, and got the overtime game winner from their hottest player, Scott Hartnell. Simon Gagne and Braydon Coburn also added goals. It was the fifth game in a row that Coburn had at least one point. The Flyers have won 12 of their last 15.

The Flyers are in first place, and we also need to keep in mind that they have played one less game than the two teams directly behind them, the Penguins and Devils. They look to continue their strong play against the Rangers on Thursday and this weekend they welcome in the defending Stanley Cup Champs, the Ducks.

*Peter Forsberg update:

Things are starting to get interesting on the Peter Forsberg front, as there are two very conflicting updates about him on The first post says the following:

According to my source the team Forsberg would MOST like to play for is the NY Rangers. This is a source that has been VERY solid for quite some time in the past regarding Forsberg and other players as well.

Here is the second update, a few hours later:

A very different story from a source VERY close to Peter in Sweden. Very close. The source said this morning that he believes Peter will announce he is NOT coming back and that Peter has more issues than the foot right now. The source also said he expects Forsberg to announce he is not healthy enough to compete at a proper level in the NHL. The source added that the Flyers were the only team he felt Peter would have returned to.

So, what to make of these two conflicting reports? I say not much. It would be the ultimate punch to the stomach to Flyers fans if Forsberg somehow chooses the Rangers. I really don't see why he would, considering a few weeks ago he said he would only return to a team he thought would be a Stanley Cup contender. The Rangers are currently in last place, and although they certainly aren't out of the playoff hunt, they don't have much of a chance of going far in the playoffs. I would bet that the second update has more validity, as there still might be a chance he isn't healthy enough to come back, but if he does, it will be with the Flyers. Forsberg has a lot of friends on the team and the Flyers are rapidly moving to the top of the Eastern Conference. Let's hope this all happens soon so we can stop having to hear all these outrageous rumors.

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