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Hockey season is finally here, and the Broad Street Hockey crew is previewing the Flyers 50th anniversary season in this kick off episode of BSH Radio. There are predictions galore as Steph, Kelly, Charlie and Bill debate season total over/unders for team and individual milestones, as well as making their conference and Stanley Cup Champion predictions. What can be considered "reasonable" expectations for the rookies and the team? The gang breaks this down, as well as the Radko Gudas suspension, and potential lineup fluctuations when the injuries and banishments are done.
We're three games in and spirits are high on the regular season's first Broad Street Hockey Radio. After a convincing win in Los Angeles, an OT loss in Arizona and a high-scoring loss in Chicago, the Flyers are 1-1-1 and Kelly, Steph, Charlie and Bill breakdown the good, the bad and the MacDonald of the season-opening road trip. Konecny's fast start, Provorov's ups and downs, Giroux's resurgence and what exactly is going on between the pipes are all examined on an all new BSH Radio.
Seven games into the season the Flyers are 3-3-1, and coming off their most exciting game of the young season, Kelly, Steph, Charlie and Bill break down what they saw in the come-from-behind shootout victory, as well as the up-and-down week that began with Philly's home opener. Dave Hakstol's lineup decisions, blueline usage, and forward line shuffling are all examined. The controversial Dmitry Kulikov hit on Jake Voracek, and the league's decision not to hand down supplemental divides the group, as do varying levels of concern surrounding Michal Neuvirth's poor start.
On a special Halloween episode of BSH RADIO, the gang tries to make sense of who the Flyers are and what head coach Dave Hakstol is doing with the lineup after a treacherous stretch of 8 games in 13 days, and 10 games in 17 days overall. The struggles of Andrew MacDonald as well as both goaltenders are examined, opposite the hot starts for Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek and Brandon Manning. Kelly, Steph, Charlie and Bill also consider if Radko Gudas has turned a corner in his career, and debate the optimal lineup once Michael Del Zotto and Michael Raffl return from injury.
We talked about hockey, specifically the Flyers. Charlie, Steph, Kelly and Bill discussed Philly's goaltending woes following Dave Hakstol's failed attempt to force the number one position on Michal Neuvirth. Michael Del Zotto's return and his impact on Ghost, Mark Streit's elite-level point production and Wayne Simmonds' one-punch KO are all discussed.
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Coming off a shootout loss, Charlie, Steph, Kelly, and Bill discuss the goaltending issues, and how Michal Neuvirth's injury will impact Steve Mason as well as both netminders' contracts for next season. The discussion covers Anthony Stolarz, and the virtue of "finding out" what a team may have in a prospect. Giroux's line's lack of production at even strength and Dave Hakstol's lineup decisions both remain a topic of conversation.
A special Thanksgiving edition of Broad Street Hockey Radio features Travis Hughes and Kurt R. filling in for Kelly and joining Steph, Charlie, and Bill. The perplexing decision to bench Shayne Gostisbehere is examined further in light of a fake news site spreading a trade rumor early Monday morning. Dave Hakstol's line shuffling continues as the dynamic duo of Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek are reunited, and Wayne Simmonds joins Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny. Steve Mason's work load and the new All-Star voting rules are also discussed. Also, Matilda sucks.
Following an 11-2 month for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Tony Androckitis joins the BSH crew to discuss the Flyers AHL affiliate and the prospects in Allentown. Steph, Kelly, Charlie, and Bill go on to gush over the resurrection of Steve Mason a night after his 45-save shootout win over the Boston Bruins, Giroux ending his scoring drought, Anthony Stolarz making his NHL debut, Jake Voracek's overall value and, of course, Andrew MacDonald's role going forward are all discussed. WOO!