Coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Anaheim Ducks and a torturous drubbing at the hands of the Washing Capitals (7-0), a match-up with the Carolina Hurricanes might be just what the orange and black need. Over the past decade of so the the Flyers have put an absolute drubbing on the Canes; at home; away. it doesn’t really matter. But tonight is one of those nights where the Flyers need to come out flying, a la the Islanders game. If they can manage a victory over another division foe it will put them that much closer to playoff contention (although there’s plenty of time left).
Carolina has lost five straight contests and the Flyers are the one’s hoping not to break to streak. The Canes will be without their top-2 net-minders in Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, which should bold well for the Flyers but we all remember the Thomas Greiss debacle when Phoenix came to town; so never underestimate your opponent. Justin Peters will man the crease for Carolina which should provide the Flyers an excellent chance to break-out of their offensive slump. Mason appears to be back in net for the orange and black. Meanwhile, the Flyguys are hoping to get Lecavalier back while Downie is still out indefinitely. Even without Downie’s offense and grit the club has enough to get by.
It should be he a hard fought battle between two clubs desperate for points, so it is make for an interesting contest. The Flyers probably need the points more as they sit six points out of a playoff spot. Expect some rough and tumble hockey from your “Broad Street Bullies”. My final prediction: Flyers: 3-2. Enjoy the game and lets hope to see no more injuries, at least from the the guys in orange and black no doubt.