Thankfully this game is at home because another road game would have been just brutal and imagine having to play at Buffalo only to have to fly down and play in Pittsburgh the next night. The Penguins will have three days to rest up for this one and will take full advantage of a Flyers team that is burned out from their odd road trip. It is easy to predict that the Flyers will come out flat in this one even with their dreaded rivals lining up across the ice. Chalk this one up as a loss.
I hope the NHL network knows what they are getting themselves into by broadcasting this one. Yes their first matchup did bring one of the more interesting, yet boring first periods this season. The stall tactic will for sure be used as soon as Tampa drops back into their 1-3-1, but this time the Flyers faithful get to let the opposition have it for not coming in on the puck. I can only imagine what they will come up with, give this one to the Flyers.
12/13 @ Washington
Who knows where the Capitals will be when this game rolls around. They will just have had to play the Senators twice, the Panthers and the Maple Leafs before hosting the Flyers. The last time these two teams met the Caps got the best of the Flyers, in fact it was one of their worst showings of the year. Right now this one is a toss up, but the Caps have enough talent to overcome the coaching change and beat the Flyers.
12/15 @ Montreal
The ole’ chants will be louder than usual because of how the fans on Broad Street gave it to the Habs back on black Friday. There might not be a place where the Flyers are hated more than up in ol’ Montreal. The old hockey fans up there hate them, the new hockey fans hate them, but make no mistake about it the Flyers want to win this game very badly after losing 5-1 there earlier this season. Another win in this stretch for Philly.
The tough stretch comes to a close with a visit from the Stanley Cup champion Bruins. The Flyers defeated Boston opening night in what was one of Bryzgalov’s best showings this season. He will need to be sharp yet again because the Bruins have shown that they can dominate anyone for a stretch of time, but are terrible when the puck is transitioned out of their zone. I like the Flyers speed in this one.
If the predictions are to come true it would give the Flyers 9-out of a possible-16 points, not good, but not bad by any means with the injuries that they have to deal with. Regardless if I am even close or not, this is a stretch that will set the momentum until the all important outdoor match up with the Rangers on Jan 2nd.
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