Game Day: Flyers/Canadiens
The Flyers played last night and beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1, while the Habs had the night off. The Flyers have been on an offensive tear having scored eighteen goals in their last three games while only surrendering four.
The Habs are coming of a big win against the Hurricanes on Saturday night. The Canes have become recent whipping boys giving up over seven goals three times in their last five games.The Panthers and the Habs recorded seven goals each while the Flyers netted eight in their matchup.
Eventhough the Habs won they suffered a loss in the game.Defenseman Andrei Markov injured his surgically repaired knee after colliding with Marc Staal, it is not know how much time he will miss.
Over the years the Flyers have not had much success against the Montreal Canadiens. Overall the Flyers have a losing record 60-77-30 and 29-41-14 in Montreal. The last time these two teams met was in last years Eastern Conference Finals where the Flyers took the series in five games.
The last time the Flyers won in Montreal was Feb 13 2010by the score of 6-2. The Flyers will be looking for their tenth win in eleven games, both the Habs and the Flyers are bringing three game winning streaks to the Centre tonight.
Back to the Future 1987
In the 1987 Stanley Cup Play-offs the Flyers and the Canadiens faced one and other. The Canadiens had a traditon that year of shooting the puck in the other team's net after the opposing team left the ice.
The Flyers did not like that idea and Ed Hospodar and Chico Resch waited for Claude Lemieux to shoot the puck in the Flyers net. Once he shot the puck Resch slid out stopped the puck and Ed Hospodar began to pummel Lemieux at center ice.
Both locker rooms would empty and players started squaring off.I will never forget turning on the TV early that night to watch a replay that was being narrated by legendary Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart. I was able to record the whole replay on VHS and still have that tape today. If you have not had a chance to see it, here it is.
In The Nets
These two teams have made some changes since last meeting in last years ECF, the most significant change for both teams would be in the nets. The Habs traded last years play-off star Jaroslav Halak to the St.Louis Blues in the off season and gave the job to Carey Price.
The Flyers signed Michael Leighton in the off-season for 2yrs and also signed 22 yr old Russian free agent Sergei Bobrovsky. Leighton suffered a back injury in last years play-offs and had to be operated at the start of the season. Enter Bobrovsky, he has been outstanding this season winning the starting job over Brian Boucher.
The Flyers will start Sergei Bobrovsky (11-2-1) 2.01 GAA .934 SV% tonight against the Habs. He is coming of a 28 save performance against the Senators last night and is the reason the Flyers are off to a great start.
The Habs will go with Carey Price (10-5-1) 2.17 GAA .924 SV%. He was the whipping boy last year but has turned it around with a good start this season. This will be a good matchup between two young talented goaltenders.
On The Lookout
The Flyers Offense is clicking at the moment and will look to take advantage of the Markovless Habs tonight. Mike Richards has had back to back two goal games and is red hot recording a point in nine out of the last ten games.
Look for the power play to be better tonight as it wasted some opportunities to put the game away early last night. The Flyers Defense needs to keep up the smothering play.
For the Habs Plekanec leads the team in points with eighteen and is on a four game point streak. Andrei Kostitsyn and Mike Camellari are right behing with 13 and 12 point respectively.
The Flyers need to be better on the PP tonight, with Markov out this should be to the Flyers advantage. The Flyers need to take advantage of their size tonight and slow down the speedy Habs by taking the body.
They will need to clog the passing lanes of the habs and stay with their man. The Flyers will have to stop the Habs power play unit as it netted three PP goals against the Canes on Saturday. The Defense needs to play mean and nasty and set the physical tone for the game tonight.
Today In Flyer's History
Tonight will be the fourth matchup between these two teams on this date, the Flyers hold the advantage in wins 2-1 .
The Flyers have only recorded one shutout on this date. Bernie Parent recorded that shutout in 1976 at the expense of the Detroit Red Wings.
Step Up Players
JVR, Nodl, Carter