Hockey is back after a short break for the holidays. In their first game back after the break, the Philadelphia Flyers are in Canada tonight to take on the Edmonton Oilers in their first game of a six-game road trip.
FIRST AND LAST
This is going to be the last time the Flyers and Oilers play each other this season. In their first meeting, the Flyers won 4-2 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Tonight's game will be the first time the Flyers play against former Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. The Flyers bought out his contract in the off-season and signed a one-year deal to play for the Oilers. Bryzgalov started with an ECHL team during their training camp as he prepared for a possible return to the NHL this season when a team came calling.
Steve Downie will be returning to the lineup tonight after being forced to sit out the past two games due to an upper-body injury. Downie practiced with Adam Hall and Zac Rinaldo on Friday and he will be back with them tonight as the center to their line.
Adam Hall is actually questionable for tonight's game as he is battling an illness. If he says he feels fine, expect him in the lineup.
PLAYER TO WATCH
JAKUB VORACEK — Voracek is on fire right now. He has had at least one point in the past eight games. In the past eight games he has scored six goals and tallied seven assists. Five of those assists have come in the past three games. Voracek has eight career points in 14 games against the Oilers. Seven of those points have come from assists and the other is a goal.
With the recent play of the top line, Voracek's point production has increased drastically since the promotion of Michael Raffl to be the left winger. You can expect at least a point to come out of the top line each game. Tonight, expect Voracek to come away with a goal and an assist.Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Hockey, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jakub Voracek, NHL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Flyers, Steve Downie