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Free LCS 1997-98
Reader Hockey Pool
head coach: Wayne Cashman
roster: C - Eric Lindros, Chris Gratton, Dan LaCroix, Joel Otto, Mike Sillinger. LW - John LeClair, Rod Brind'Amour, Colin Forbes, Dan Kordic, Shjon Podein. RW - Alexandre Daigle, Trent Klatt, Dainius Zubrus, Brantt Myhres. D - Paul Coffey, Eric Desjardins, Chris Joseph, Janne Niinimaa, Luke Richardson, Kjell Samuelsson, Petr Svoboda, Chris Therien. G - Ron Hextall, Garth Snow.
injuries: Brantt Myhres, rw (separated right shoulder, played Saturday against Colorado, but re-injured his shoulder and did not return).
transactions: Feb 5 - Traded a conditional 6th-round pick in the 1998 NHL Draft to the Vancouver Canucks for center/right wing Mike Sillinger.
Eastern Conference - Atlantic Division Team GP W L T PTS GF GA New Jersey 56 34 16 6 74 158 110 Philadelphia 55 29 17 9 67 160 123 Washington 56 26 19 11 63 156 143 NY Rangers 57 17 24 16 50 140 154 NY Islanders 57 20 29 8 48 148 158 Florida 57 18 27 12 48 138 160 Tampa Bay 56 10 37 9 29 104 185
01/28 at NY Islanders L 6-1 01/29 Montreal L 3-2 01/31 Washington L 3-2 OT 02/04 at Dallas L 1-0 02/05 at Phoenix W 6-2 02/07 at Colorado L 3-2
by Eric Meyer, Philadelphia Correspondent
Caught Looking Ahead?
With seven players making the trip to Nagano, Japan, for the 1998 Winter Olympics, could it be that the Flyers were a bit distracted in their final eight games, going just 2-6-0. Among those seven players, left wing John LeClair, who will be playing for Team USA, slumped, scoring just two goals and two assists in the team's six losses. Eric Lindros, who is off to Nagano to captain the Canadian team, had just one goal and an assist in those six losses.
The news isn't all bad for those two, who when reunited on the top line with Alexandre Daigle for a recent win against Phoenix and a loss on Sunday against Colorado, combined for four goals and five assists.
Alexandre Daigle also came to life in those final two games before the nearly month-long break for the Olympics. Against the Coyotes and the Lanche (yeah, I'm buckin' the system - to me they're the Lanche, not the Avs), Ye of Hard Luck came up with four assists, while paired with Lindros and LeClair.
Losing streaks in the middle of the season can be mended. They aren't the biggest thing in the world. What has most Flyers fans worried right now is the subpar record the orange and black now boast against teams with a .500 record or better, 5-13-4. Worse yet, their record against the NHL's elite (Dallas, New Jersey, Detroit, Colorado) stands at 0-6-1.
So What About This Sillinger Guy?
No, they still haven't traded for Curtis Joseph, or any other top-flight goaltender. Yes, they now have Mike Sillinger. Before their game against the Yotes, the Flyers swapped a conditional sixth-round pick for Sillinger, a 5-10, 190-pounder who scored 10 goals and had nine assists in 48 games for Vancouver this season.
With the new success of Lindros, LeClair and Daigle on the top line, might we see Mr. Sillinger inserted on the second line with Rod Brind'Amour and Chris Gratton? Or maybe on the third line with Dainius Zubrus/Trent Klatt and Shjon Podein? Head Coach Wayne Cashman hasn't really hinted one way or another, but expect Trent Klatt and especially Dainius Zubrus to be on the giant hot seats.
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