GAME PREVIEW: Flyers Home Opener vs. Avalanche
The Flyers will get to celebrate a little with the unveiling of their 2010 Eastern Conference Championship banner. Although this is not a Stanley Cup Championship banner, it is a championship, and it is something they earned and deserve.
The Flyers have not faired well in the past against the Avalanche. They are 5-12-4 over all against the Avs with a home record of 3-6 and an away record of 2-6-4. The last time these two teams met resulted in a 5-4 loss in Denver on Nov. 23 2009. The last Flyers home game against the Avs was on Dec. 16, 2008, that resulted in a 5-2 victory for the Flyers.
The Flyers are coming off of a two game road trip grabbing 3 of 4 possible points. They did not have a good game in St. Louis, they played sloppy and took way too many penalties which broke the flow of the game and resulted in a 2-1 ot loss. In that game the Flyers had 15 penalties and gave the Blues 10 Power plays. In the first two games of the season they have received 21 penalties, but have successfully denied 13-15 opposition power plays. That is a big reason the Flyers were able to get the 3 points to start this season.
On June 30, 1992 the Quebec Nordiques and the Flyers made the biggest, and looking back, the most lopsided trades in NHL history. That trade sent Eric Lindros to the flyers for 5 players; Ron Hextall, Muke Ricci, Chris Simon , Kerry Huffman, Steve Duchesne, the rights to Peter Forseberg, 2 first round pics and 15 million dollars. The results of the trade did not boast as well for the Flyers as it did for the Avs. The Flyers made it to the cup in 1997 and lost, while the Avs won 2 cups, one in 1996 and the other in 2001. Flyer fans know all to well how the Lindros saga turned out in Philly after the honeymoon.
In The Nets
For the Flyers it will be Sergei Bobrovsky 1-0 2.0 GAA .935 SV%
Bob will be playing his first regular season game in front of the home crowd after turning in an impressive performance in Pittsburgh on opening night.
The Avs will dress Craig Anderson tonight, he is 1-0 3.0 GAA .923 SV%
He is 1-1 vs the Flyers with a 5.00 GAA.
On The Lookout
Look for Danny Briere to keep up his hot play now that he has been moved back to center where he seems to see the ice better. Keep an eye on Flyers goalie Bobrovsky and how he responds in front of the home crowd in his second NHL start. Look for the defense to have a much better game tonight.
Hopefully Jody Shelley will throw down tonight, finding a partner could be the issue tonight.
Obviously the Flyers will have to stay out of the box tonight in order to play the system the coach wants effectively,they will also need to be strong in their transition game. The defensive zone play will need to be clean with quick passes up ice.
The defense is still getting use to each other and not having Pronger to start the year is not making it any easier. As of this write up neither the Flyers nor Pronger are saying whether he is playing or not.
Offensively the Flyers need to capitalize on their opportunities, too many times they blow open shots which come back to haunt them. It should be loud in the center tonight so expect the Flyers to bounce back and play much better in their home building.
Step Up Players
Carter,Richards,Cohburn and Hartnell. These payers need to step it up !!!!!!!!!!