Mar 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) talks with linesman Darren Gibbs (66) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Blackhawks, 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers, Blues Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers face what may be their toughest test of the season on Saturday afternoon when they take on the St. Louis Blues at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Blues are one of the best teams in the National Hockey League. They are tied with the Boston Bruins in points – 101 – and are one of the most talented units top to bottom. With players like Alex Pietrangelo, TJ Oshie and Ryan Miller, the Flyers will need to play shutdown defense. If the Flyers want to win Saturday afternoon, they will have to play like they did against the Chicago Blackhawks.

One advantage the Flyers take into the matinee is their incredible record at home. During the last 14 games at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers have gone 11-2-1. Two of their last three wins at home have come against top competition. During the month of March, the Flyers have played some of their best hockey. The schedule has not been kind to them since the returned from the Olympic Break, but they have played some of their best games over the last 21 days.

The Flyers come into this game riding a four-game winning streak and a 7-2-1 record in their last ten games. The Blues were shut out by the Blackhawks in their last game, but are 8-1-1 in their last ten. They are also the best road team in the NHL.

 

Like every game since the Olympic Break, the Flyers will need to scrap out every point they can. With the New York Rangers trailing by a single point in the Metropolitan Division, each and every point can affect the Flyers’ playoff seeding.

As of the writing of this post, neither team has named their starting goaltenders, but look for Steve Mason to get the call for the Flyers. Expect Ryan Miller to get the start for the Blues.

 

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