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Game Day:Flyers / Thrashers


The Philadelphia Flyers head to Atlanta to take on the Thrashers for the second time in five days tonight at Philips Arena at 7:00 pm EST.

The Flyers will look to put forth a full sixty minute tonight and not try to repeat last weeks performance.
Since these two teams met last, Atlanta has suffered a loss to the NJ Devils in a game where the Thrashers jumped out to a two nothing lead and saw the Devils score four unanswered goals for the 4-2 win.

The Flyers took the first game of their current road trip, a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers.

Matchup

This is the third of four meetings between these two teams this season. They split the first two matchups with the Thrashers taking the most recent in overtime in a game where the Flyers surrendered 3-0 and 4-2 leads.

If you would like a refresher you can checkout the game highlights of that awful collapse. Thanks to @FlyerGuy_18 for the video, follow him on Twitter for all your Flyers videos and more.

Now that you suffered through that debacle of a performance again you can rest assure that the Flyers will put forth a solid effort for the whole game as they have the Capitals breathing down their necks.

The belief is this team plays better with their backs to the wall as they proved to be last season at the end of the season and during their amazing playoff run. If this is to be true the Flyers need to play that brand of hockey from here on out.

Coach Laviolette has already taken some action in that area as he plans on giving Coburn, Carle, and Meszaros more time. He is also going to give AHL call up Erik Gustafsson some time to get in an NHL mind set as he will be inserted into tongiht's line up in place of waiver acquisition Nick Boynton.

The coach has also decided to give some players a day off and has not held practice on a few days today being one of them. Laviolette seems to know what buttons to push with team as he has shown in his timely and successful timeouts.

You can read more about how Laviolette is preparing the team for the stretch run here.

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2 Comments

Larry DAngelo's picture

Looking forward to seeing how the Flyers come out tonight. Yeah two points are much needed tonight , even if the Leafs benefit from it. Tongue