The Philadelphia Flyers only have two preseason games left to play until their season opener on October 2, but they really need to get another win.
Although it’s only preseason and these games don’t actually count against the team’s record, it’s a little disconcerting how poor the team’s performance has been. At least on Thursday night, they’ll get a chance to redeem themselves in a rematch game against the New Jersey Devils.
The Flyers may run into a little trouble with their roster early on since Jakub Voracek left their game on Tuesday night after suffering a “upper body injury.” Voracek may not have carried this team, but he was a huge contributor last season and was expected to cause trouble for their rivals alongside Claude Giroux.
The good news is that Giroux is back and he won a good amount of faceoffs in their last game, so the Devils will definitely need to keep an eye on him. Since there is no timetable right now on Voracek’s return, it’s likely that Peter Laviolette will be putting Vincent Lecavalier on the first line more.
On Tuesday, the Devils put Cory Schneider in the net and it appears having not played the Vancouver Canucks in awhile, the Flyers forgot that he’s a pretty solid goaltender. Schneider is a worthy opponent that the team needs to figure out, especially since they may face him many times this season.
Other Devils players that need to be on the Flyers’ radar on Thursday are Patrik Elias and Ryane Clowe. Elias is a given, having been a Flyers rival for the past couple of seasons. Clowe previously played for the San Jose Sharks, so the Flyers haven’t had too much experience playing against him, but his persistence on the ice Tuesday night proved that he will be a fierce rival in the East this season.
The Flyers play one more preseason game on Friday night against the Washington Capitals before preparing for their season opener. Let’s hope this preseason isn’t a sign of what’s to come.