The Philadelphia Flyers are on the road for their second game of the second game of the season as they take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight. The Flyers trip to Montreal will reunite them with former Flyer, now opponent, Danny Briere for the first time.
It didn't take long for the Flyers to play against one of their former stars in Danny Briere. Mr. Playoffs, as he has been known to Flyers fans, started to drop off during the regular season in recent years. His production just wasn't there like it used to be, but he somehow managed to turn on the afterburners in the postseason.
Briere said it is going to be weird playing against the team he was with for years. However, the game isn't going to change and the Flyers aren't going to take it easy on him. He said he fully expects his former teammates to go all out on him and that things will be competitive as always.
Even though Briere is wearing a different uniform, he will always be loved by Flyers fans for his service and for what he brought to the team.
WHO IS STARTING BETWEEN THE PIPES?
After a decent outing by Steve Mason against the Toronto Maple Leafs, it's Ray Emery's turn to start between the pipes. This is Razor's second stint with the Flyers. The first one was during the 2010-11 season where he played in 29 games as the starting goaltender. During that season, Emery finished with a 16-11 record, 74 goals against (GA), and a 2.64 goals against average (GAA). He had 709 saves on 783 shots against (SA) for a .905 save percentage (SV%). He also had three shut outs with the Flyers.
In Emery's career, he is 126-63 with 548 GA and 2.63 GAA. He has 5415 saves on 5963 SA for a .908 career SV%. He has 14 career shutouts as well.
Emery's best season came last year while he was with the Chicago Blackhawks. Coming off of the bench, Emery posted a 17-1 record with a 1.94 GAA with 36 GA. He also had a .922 SV% and three shutouts. If Emery can bring that same performance this season with the Flyers, then this goalie tandem should be a great one. While both goalies will split games to start the season, everyone knows that the goalie that gets hot first will get the bigger workload.
The Flyers are looking to rebound from their loss to the Maple Leafs tonight. The one thing that will help them is converting on the power play. They looked pretty good against the Maple Leafs and were able to take 13 shots in addition to plenty of chances on seven power plays. However, they only converted on one power play. If they are going to win games, they need to convert more when they have the man advantage. They also need to play smarter when on the penalty kill and change out players as much as they can to stay fresh.
TONIGHT'S FLYERS LINEUP
We are basically looking at the same lineups as the Toronto Maple Leafs. The only difference is that Jakub Voracek will be on the top line from the beginning of the game.
Hartnell – Giroux – Voracek
Read – Lecavalier – Simmonds
Talbot – Couturier – B. Schenn
Rosehill – Hall – Rinaldo
Timonen – Coburn
Streit – L. Schenn
Grossmann – Meszaros
Emery in net.
The Habs are going to be playing without Max Pacioretty tonight after he injured his hand in the Maple Leafs game. This is a good thing for the Flyers because Pacioretty always gave the Flyers problems.
The Habs will also be playing without George Parros after he sustained a concussion from hitting his head on the ice during a fight in the Maple Leafs game. The hit knocked him out and he was taken off of the ice on a stretcher. However, he was moving all of his limbs while being tended to by medical staff. The effects of the hit were clearly seen and based off of his actions, it should be expected that he misses at least a few weeks as he recovers.
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