Other than sending a majority of the rookies packing to the Adirondack Phantoms‘ training camp and extending Matt Read‘s contract, the Philadelphia Flyers have been pretty quiet the past couple of days.
That could be due to the fact that the team took some time off from playing preseason games to practice at Lake Placid. The team has also managed to trim their roster down to 28, but there are still a few viable spots left on the official roster. They’ll be tying up these loose ends right before their home opener on October 2, but they do have one more week left of preseason hockey.
On Tuesday night, the team will return to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the division rival New Jersey Devils.
Whenever the Flyers play the Devils, fans can expect a fight — especially if the Flyers will be facing off against veteran goaltender and future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur. Brodeur is a really good goalie, but the Flyers know how to push his buttons sometimes and get a game over him. Last season, he had some big misses, so it could mean that his age is affecting his game, which would be really good for the Flyers.
It has not been announced who will be in net for either team, but if the Flyers are not facing off against Brodeur, they’ll be facing former Vancouver Canucks backup Cory Schneider. Schneider has played a few outings with the Devils in the preseason, so it will be interesting to see how the Flyers stack up against him.
Since he previously played in the Western Conference, the team hasn’t had too much experience playing against him, so he could be the wild card this season.
As for the Flyers, they may be in good shape as Tuesday is the expected return date of captain Claude Giroux. Giroux seems a bit hesitant to return due to his injury, but he’s return could spell trouble for the Devils, especially if he gets paired with Jakub Voracek. The two will be the players that the Devils will have their eyes on come Tuesday night.