The great thing about hockey is that the season long, and when you suffer a loss, there’s another game around the corner. You don’t have time to dwell on it too much, because you need to prepare for the next contest. Unfortunately, the Flyers had to sit around for 4 days after dropping their last game in OT against the Washington Capitals. Finally, the break ends, as we face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.
We faced these guys 10 days ago, and thoroughly outplayed them. The final score was 3-2, but their 2nd goal came in the final minute, with the goalie pulled, as our boys were pretty much sitting back. They’ll be a much, much more confident bunch after their last game. They beat the living shit out of Edmonton, earning a 7-1 victory. Ouch.
We shouldn’t be too scared, but we shouldn’t be overconfident either. Like we did during the 6 game win streak, we need to limit their shots, and control the play. We’ll have fresher legs, but maybe a little bit of rust. If we can come out physical, we’ll get into the game faster. They’ll have the home crowd behind them, so it’d be nice to get an early goal or 4 to shut them up.
We’ve got Briere back for his second game since the suspension, but we didn’t miss him much. That’s hard to say given how well he was playing before having to sit out 3 games. During his absence, the team didn’t miss a bit. So now we need to get him back in the groove, while keeping everyone else going as well. I hope Lavy can finally settle on some line combo’s, so we can have a bit more stability. We’ll see how it goes tonight.
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