I love the Flyers, and no other team. I want us to win a Cup, and there is no other team that I accept as an alternative. There are 29 other fanbases that feel the same way about their own club. We all have one goal, and we all have an effect on one another. Since our Fansided Network is doing a 30 day preview to get ready for the 2011-12 season, I’ll be looking at how much of a threat each team is to our own Cup hopes. Today, we start with the Anaheim Ducks.
They won a Stanley Cup in 2007, but have been on a downward trend since. They missed the playoffs in 2010, before making the tourney last season. Part of their problems have been the retirement of Scott Neidermayer and Chris Pronger. While they sport plenty of offense and some good goaltending, it’s their defense that was the biggest problem as of late. They were in the bottom 10 of goals against last season. If Teemu Selanne comes back, that only gives them 4 players to really be afraid of (Perry-Getlzaf-Ryan). One line can get you by in the regular season, but it takes more than that in the playoffs.
The Flyers will only play the Ducks once this season (12/2 in Anaheim). Both teams have been in the top 5 in fights and PIM’s over the last few seasons. We should hope for an entertaining game with an average amount of scoring and a couple of fights. This isn’t a rivalry at all, so if doesn’t live up to that billing, don’t be shocked. The two teams don’t have much bad blood in their history either. If a few young ducklings step up, and Anaheim becomes one of the better teams in the West, then the one game we have against them will be a pretty decent test. Regardless, they should be pretty good on offense, and at least we’ll get a chance to see how well our defense has gelled about 2 months into the season.
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