Flyers-Stars Gameday: The Return of Giroux?
Times have been tough for the Philadelphia Flyers.
After losing almost two lines worth of players and dropping two consecutive games following a seven-game winning streak, the team has been stuck in a rough spot.
However, things may start to ease up for the club stuck down on their luck.
During the team’s practice on Tuesday, it was reported that Claude Giroux was taking regular shifts with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell.
He has missed the team’s last four games while out with a concussion.
Giroux was not wearing a yellow jersey during the practice, which signifies no contact. This had led to speculation that the ailing forward is closing in on a come back to regular action.
Some have even gone as far as to say that he may be in the lineup as early as tonight.
Following the practice, it was reported that general manager Paul Holmgren said that Giroux had been cleared on Saturday for all activity.
While it is still uncertain as to whether Giroux will suit up for tonight’s game, the team’s leading scorer has stated that if he is on the ice for pregame warm-ups then he will be playing in the game.
This has raised questions about whether it is the best course of action for him to return so soon. Since Giroux is by-and-far the best player on the Flyers, it makes sense to protect the team’s most important asset. After all the troubles that Sidney Crosby has gone through with his return from a concussion, Flyers fans hope that Giroux’s return will not be as tumultuous.
If he is capable of coming back tonight, it may give the team an extra spark, one that they will need.
The Flyers will play their second game of a five-game road trip tonight when they travel to Dallas to take on the Stars. It will be the only time these two teams meet this season.
Currently in first place in the Pacific Division, the Stars have surprised many with their early success.
The team went 8-3-0 in the first month of the season, which included a five-game winning streak. They transitioned into November on the back of a four-game winning streak before dropping off a bit. They finished out the month 6-7-0.
They have since returned to their winning ways pulling out victories in six of their last nine.
With the Stars finding success as of late, the Flyers hope that recent history will be an indicator as to how tonight will play out.
Philadelphia has won their last five meetings against Dallas. The team has scored three goals or more in all five games and has held the Stars to two goals or less in three of the five.
Regardless of whether Giroux plays, the Flyers are going to need to play with discipline in the defensive zone. In their two most recent games, the team has made silly mistakes that led to their opponents scoring goals.
Dallas is currently ranked 23rd in the league in ‘goals for’ only scoring 85 goals in 32 games played.
Since the Stars already have a hard enough time scoring goals as it is, the Flyers can’t help them by turning over the puck in their own zone.
The game will be nationally televised on Versus and will begin at 7:30 PM, EST.