Earlier today, the NHL released their national television schedule for the 2012-2013. The Philadelphia Flyers have a team that is built for prime time television. With players such as Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, young players like Sean Couturier, Matt Read, and Brayden Schenn, a outspoken head coach who is always able to set a fire in his teams stomachs, and a goalie whose personality was build for the spotlight, the Flyers have shown that they are built for the big stage. All that they need to do is make sure that they do not falter under the pressure.
When the Flyers were featured on HBO’s “24/7″ last season, some players stood out far more than others. Goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov, was able to steal the spotlight away from most of his teammates with his talks about the universe and his dog analogies. Some could say that the spotlight actually hurt a player like Bryzgalov because of the market that he plays in. Many people grew fond of coach Peter Laviolette because of his passion for the game. Being on a nationally televised stage throughout the season may have hurt the teams focus. But because of the show, the Flyers may be best prepared for the big stage this season.
Here is a list of the nationally televised games (via Flyers.com):
|Thu.||Oct. 11||Boston||FLYERS||7:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Wed.||Dec. 19||New Jersey||FLYERS||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sun.||Jan. 20||FLYERS||Chicago||7:30 PM||NBC/NBCSN Flex|
|Tue.||Feb. 12||FLYERS||Pittsburgh||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sun.||Feb. 17||FLYERS||N.Y. Rangers||6:00 PM||NBCSN|
|Wed.||Feb. 20||FLYERS||Pittsburgh||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Mon.||Feb. 25||N.Y. Rangers||FLYERS||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Wed.||Feb. 27||Washington||FLYERS||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sun.||Mar. 10||Chicago||FLYERS||3:00 PM||NBC/NBCSN Flex|
|Wed.||Mar. 13||FLYERS||New Jersey||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sun.||Mar. 24||FLYERS||Pittsburgh||7:30 PM||NBCSN|
|Sun.||Mar. 31||Boston||FLYERS||7:30 PM||NBC/NBCSN Flex|
|Sat.||Apr. 13||N.Y. Rangers||FLYERS||3:00 PM||NBC/NBCSN|
If the Flyers want to achieve the highest goal, which is to win a Stanley Cup, then they need to perform well on a national stage. Most, if not all, of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are played on national television. Also, because of the team that they have assembled, the Flyers will be looked at by many as offensive juggernauts. The fact that the Flyers have these 13 games on the NBC networks, as well as 12 more games on the NHL Network, they have a great opportunity to seize if they want to prepare themselves for the big stage of the NHL playoffs. Look for the Flyers to shine on national television and let the hockey world know that they are for real this season.
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