After tonight, there will be no more Flyers games for 8 days. Players will disperse to do whatever they want during the holiday break. But that’s after tonight. Tonight, we play the Florida Panthers. It’s a hard game to get up for, because of the impending time off, and because they suck.
It’s not even 2011, and the playoffs are already creeping out of the Panthers vision. They have absolutely nobody to be afraid of. We already kicked the crap out of them a month ago. So what is our motivation? Embarrassment. Can we really lose a game to these guys after winning 5 in a row? After snapping the Pens 12 game win streak? After taking the No. 1 spot on ESPN’s power rankings?
We’re still pretty young, and a lapse is possible. With Pronger out, you lose one of the vets that could flip shit if we’re sleep-walking through the first period. So this game is all about Peter Laviolette. This game is up to the coach, to make sure the guys are ready. We know he’s an excellent motivator, just ask the Bruins. Hell, the Flyers should have plenty of motivation from watching the Eagles yesterday. I think they entire city and buzzing over the game; it makes whatever else happens this week almost meaningless. Let’s not be a buzz kill and drop a game to the Panthers.
Here’s what Frank, from the Rat Trick, has to say about this game. Let’s just say this, David Booth still isn’t over the hit he took from Richards. Neither are Panthers fans. This is a one sided rivalry. We don’t care about them.
In other business, Mike Thompson, the Vice President of Business Operations for the Adirondack Phantoms has something he wanted me to pass along. There is one day left on the Adirondack Phantoms first Ebay jersey auction of the season. Check out the auctions items here. Good luck and happy bidding!
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