Happy Hockey Thursday! Well we’re back to the “traditional” Thursday postings for the NHL. Let’s dive right in, starting with our boys in Orange and Black, The Flyers, and the horror that was last week:
November 1: Caps trounce the Flyers 7-0, Ray Emery brawls Caps Goalie Braden Holtby
November 2: Flyers edge out the Devils 1-0, Emery pitches a shutout after not receiving a suspension
November 5: Flyers blow lead late, lose to Hurricanes in OT 2-1; I talked about this while I was live tweeting this game, but these tweets wrap it, and the season, up pretty well:
This week, the Flyers (4-9-1, 9 points, 7th Metropolitan) will play four games, two at home, then two away. They’ll face the Devils (3-7-4, 10 points, 6th Metropolitan) tonight for the first time at home. This is a very winnable game for the Flyers. Both teams have scoring issues as the Devils are riding a two-game losing streak where they’ve been shutout in both games, including the loss to the Flyers. Their last goal came last Tuesday in a 2-1 win against the Lightning. In that same span, the Flyers have only scored two goals. This should be a low-scoring duel between rivals.
The Flyers will then host the Edmonton Oilers for a Saturday matinee, another winnable game. They’ll have a few days off to travel up to the capital of the Great White North to face the Ottawa Senators for the first time this season. The Sens have had a slow start to the season, mainly due to a lack of defense (48 Goals Against). Their offense is certainly there (46 Goals For), so the Flyers and Goalie Steve Mason will have a big test on their hands, followed by a chance for redemption. In a REAL Rivalry Matchup on NBCSN on Wednesday night, the Flyers will travel to the other side of Pennsylvania for the first time for their second matchup with the Penguins.
I hate this team. JSB will try to mention the first game, I don’t care. All bets are off. LET’S GO FLYERS!!!