Craig Berube and the Flyers have a big test ahead of them tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
Coming off wins against the New York Islanders and New York Rangers, the Flyers can establish their first winning streak of the season. Last season, the Flyers did not put together a winning streak until April, three months after the season had started.
The Ducks own the league’s fourth best record, and, despite some injuries, have one of the most potent offenses in hockey. The team ranks seventh in goals per game, scoring an average of three per contest. Corey Perry leads the team in every offensive category. Look for Berube to match up the Sean Couturier line, and the defensive line of Nicklas Grossmann and Braydon Coburn, against the Ryan Getzlaf line as often as possible.
While the Ducks have a strong five-on-five team, their power play and penalty kill leave more to be desired. The power play ranks last in the league at 8.2 percent, and the penalty kill ranks a dismal 26th (76.2%).
The Flyers can win tonight if:
They play a well-rounded game like they did against the Islanders. The team forechecked hard and made life miserable for the Islanders defensemen. T
The line of Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Vincent Lecavalier can produce once again. Lecavalier is coming off his seventh career hat trick. Giroux has four assists in his last five games.
They can shut down Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne. The trio has combined for 14 goals and 32 points.
They can get capitalize on the power play.