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 have the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs added a few new players, but no really big names. The most recognizable of course is Erik Cole. Gone is a whole list of people, most notably Roman Hamrlik. This team has a few really talented guys, but no upper echelon type of players. Still, their lineup is pretty solid, and if they are healthy, it’s a pretty good team. Their defense is especially strong, both in their own end and when it comes to moving the puck. Markov and Subban are extremely talented guys that should contribute a lot on the scoresheet. Carey Price is starting to live up to the hype. It’s nice, for Canadiens fans, to see that the team didn’t give up on him too early. The centers on this club aren’t very deep, unless their young players really take the next step. If they do, this could be a surprisingly talented squad.
The season series vs. Montreal should be rather fun, although it lost a bit of luster now that we don’t really have anyone that despises Subban. But, I’m sure he’ll get under somebody’s skin early on. We play three times early in the season (October 26, November 25, and December 15). hopefully that leads to some bad blood and intense back and forth action. After that, we don’t see them until March 24 during the playoff push. I expect both teams to be battling for a bottom 4 spot (playoffs, no conference) around that time, so hopefully both squads are a bit desperate and put on a good show. The Flyers have a bit more talent up front, though not by much. We should definitely look to be a bit ahead in the season series, though not by much. Up front, these teams have varying strengths, so it’s going to be fun to see how the match up. Although in a playoff series, I’d like the Flyers chances, assuming no major lineup changes, which inevitably will happen.
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