Flyers Win 2 on the Road
The Flyers started off their season with 2 big wins on the road. The Flyers shut-out Carolina on Friday night and clearly beat-up the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. The team got great play from most players, including excellent goaltending from Ray Emery. The only disappointing part of both wins was the exorbitant amount of penalties the Flyers took. They had to kill 8 penalties on Friday, including a 2 minute 5 on 3 power-play for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Of course, one could question how good are the Hurricanes and Devils? Last season, the Devils finished the season with 107 points and the Hurricanes made it to the Eastern Conference finals. Both of these teams have their nucleus back, so there shouldn’t have been any drop off in play. For the Flyers to come out and win both of those games on the road should help the Flyers with their confidence and hockey instinct.
The Flyers open their home portion of the season, tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals and then follow-up with the Penguins on Thursday. These two games will be a real test to this surging Flyers team. However, if the Flyers continue to get passionate play from their fourth line, especially Blair Betts and Ian Lapierrerre and excellent goaltending from Ray Emery, these two games this week could catapult the Flyers season or send the Flyers back to the drawing board on how to beat the two top teams in the Eastern Conference.