The Flyers were on a roll heading into the Olympic break, having won four straight games. Thursday's 7-3 thumping that was delivered by the San Jose Sharks wasn't wanted, but that game might have been an aberration.
Craig Berube's squad stands three points behind the second-place Rangers (69) in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. The Chief's presence and hard work has truly steadied the season. Considering the months of progress that were made before the National Hockey League's February vacation, this Flyers' team should continue its playoff push.
Paul Holmgren will surely be looking to add the proverbial 'depth defenseman' by the time the trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. EST on March 5. Depending upon health care concerns, the Flyers' general manager might also need, or want, to add a veteran crease man by next Wednesday as well.
Promising goaltending prospect Cal Heeter was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms yesterday. Ray Emery's lower-body injury, suffered during the Sharks game, resulted in the veteran netminder being listed as day-to-day on Friday.
The 25-year-old Heeter has performed well in his second AHL season, posting a .916 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA in 35 games. He earned player of the week honors in early January and is seen as a solid candidate to compete for the Flyers' backup goaltending spot next season.