Seems Like Old Times : Flyers To Face Old Nemesis
The Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3) and the Washington Capitals (15-12-1) will face off tonight for the second time this season.
In their first meeting, the Capitals scored three quick goals early in the third period stretching a slim one-goal lead to four, cruising to a 5-2 victory.
This time, the teams will meet in Washington, DC. It will be the first time the Flyers face Dale Hunter as an NHL head coach.
The Flyers are all too familiar with the likes of Hunter and his on ice antics. Hunter was a fiery player, a player who was not afraid of the cheap shot . He once was suspended for 21 games for a dirty check on the Isles Pierre Turgeon.
He was a tough player who had offensive skill and was the first player in NHL history to score two overtime series clinching goals in the playoffs (Montreal 1982, Flyers 1988).
He is the only player in NHL history to score over 1,000 points (1,020) and amass over 3,000 penalty minutes (3,565).
It will be interesting to see how that fiery personality translates from behind the bench.
The Flyers and Capitals split their four game series last season. All four games needed extra time to decide a victor, with each team earning an overtime and shootout victory in the process.
The Flyers enter tonight's game riding a five game winning streak and will try to continue that trend without their best player in the lineup. Claude Giroux will sit out tonight's game and possibly more as he recovers from a head injury.
Giroux sustained the injury when Wayne Simmonds inadvertently kneed him in the head during Saturday's matchup against Tampa Bay.
The injury is one of many that the team will have to deal with.
The young team had to learn how to play without their captain and now they will have to adjust to life without their leading scorer. This will be a tough challenge for the Flyers as other teams' game plans have become a little easier.
It looks like Sean Couturier will get a big chance tonight filling in for Giroux on the first line with Jagr and Hartnell. Speaking of Jagr he will surely not receive a warm reception from his former fans as he did not live up to expectations during his time in Washington; nor did he live up to the 7-year $77 million contract the Capitals gave him either.
It has been almost eight years since he last played for the team. He has played in the Verizon Center seven times since then and has two goals and six assists in that span.
Obviously the Flyers will have to keep tabs on Ovechkin tonight as he has been a Flyers killer over his career. He has 22 goals and 37 points in 23 regular season games versus the Flyers.
Scott Hartnell is second on the team in goals with 14 and enters tonight's game on a five game goal streak. Will he be able to keep that going tonight?
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