Friday, November 1, 2013

Preview: Flyers v. Capitals

We are merely a few hours away from the Philadelphia Flyers (3-8-0) taking the ice against the Washington Capitals (5-7-0). Philly’s winning streak came to an abrupt end on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, when they surrendered a lead in the 3rd period and lost 5-3. The Capitals are looking to capture a win and end their 2 game losing streak, although they will be playing without Alex Ovechkin tonight, who stayed behind in Washington with a right shoulder injury. No longer will you see Max Talbot in the orange and black, as he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche yesterday in return of: Steve Downie.

Downie, originally drafted by the Flyers in 2005, will get his fresh start in Philadelphia and hopefully it will be as beneficial to him as it has been to new Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. The fans will more than likely take to Downie quickly, as he has an aggressive and instigative style. It’s no mystery that the Flyers have been struggling and GM Holmgren’s addition of Downie will hopefully energize the Flyers, as he will bring a much needed offensive presence on the Flyers ice. While the Flyers gain Downie, it is sad to see them lose Talbot, who has been a well-known contributor on the ice. His leadership and experience will no doubt add to the 8-1 Avs, as they continue their push towards the Stanley Cup.

Keep an eye on these four play makers on the ice tonight for the Philadelphia Flyers: Steve Mason. He has been solid between the pipes for the Flyers, calm and consistent. Since the season started he has been game MVP, taking full advantage of his fresh start in Philadelphia and is playing his best season since rookie. Vinny Lecavalier. He burst onto the scene as a seasoned leader ready to contribute and a welcomed addition to the Flyers. He is looking to continue adding goals to his streak, tallied over the past few games. He has scored four goals in 2 games, and his momentum is tailed by Matt Read. Lastly, keep an eye on new comer Steve Downie who will dawn jersey #9 for the orange and black.

With the lead goal scorer for the Capitals sidelined and some new energy on the Flyers bench, the team has to take advantage of their opportunities tonight on home ice.

Game is at 7pm ET, NHLN, CSN Plus (Washington), CSN (Philadelphia)

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