Tonight the Flyers will travel to Montreal to face the 0-1-0 Canadiens. The Canadiens lost their home opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, 4-3. The score was overshadowed by the unfortunate fighting incident that saw Montreal enforcer George Parros leave with a concussion. The Flyers lost their home opener to the Leafs the following night. The Flyers looked strong through the first two periods, but were only able to get one goal past Jonathan Bernier. Wayne Simmonds missed a penalty shot at the end of the second period and the Leafs scored twice in the third to win 3-1.
7pm | Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada | TV: CSN-PH
The Flyers have announced that Ray Emery will be the starting goaltender tonight. This game also marks the first time that Danny Briere will face his former team. When asked about Briere, many of the Flyers talked about the emotions of playing their old friend. Every one of them, however, said that when the puck drops, they will play just as hard as ever. Scott Hartnell summed it well saying, “A lot of emotions, but when push comes to shove during the game if there’s a puck up for grabs it’s going to be my puck instead of his.”
The Flyers are looking good on the injury front and should start the same line up as they did Wednesday. The Canadiens, however, will be missing their top line winger Max Pacioretty along with defensemen Alexei Emelin and Douglass Murray. Parros is still out indefinitely.
The Flyers showed flashes of brilliance in their opener against the Leafs. If the Flyers can capitalize on their offensive chances and dictate the pace of the game, I expect a victory. If they come out slow, it could be a long night. Feel free to post your thoughts before or after the game in the comments section.