NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Open vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
The NHL regular season officially kicked off on Tuesday night, but the Philadelphia Flyers were one of the teams that did not play. Instead, the Flyers are set to kick off their season and their home opener on Wednesday night as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Flyers had a really bad preseason run, but the good thing about the season officially starting on Wednesday is that they can put that all behind them. That is a really good thing since their preseason record does not count against their regular season record. Considering that the Flyers only won one game in preseason, which was during the split squad games, the Flyers will get a chance to redeem themselves early on.
The Flyers opened their preseason run playing against the Leafs, so it’s interesting that their home opener will also be against the same team. This will also be the first of three meetings the teams will have since the Leafs are in the new Atlantic Division and the Flyers are in the Metropolitan Division.
Philadelphia definitely needs to keep a watchful eye on James Van Riemsdyk whenever he is on the ice. Not just because he is a former Flyer out to prove himself to his ex-team, but because he is already hot for the Leafs having scored a power play goal on Tuesday to help propel the team to a 4-3 victory. Mason Richmond also scored for the Leafs in the same game, as the two powerhouses logged a combined 11 shots on goal.
The Flyers always have Claude Giroux in their arsenal, but this will be the first official debut for Mark Streit and Vincent Lecavalier in Flyers uniforms. Jakub Voracek, who suffered a upper body injury during the preseason, is also confident that he will play. The Flyers haven’t given the final word on Voracek, nor on who will get the start in net yet, but stay optimistic Flyers fans!