NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Host New York Rangers

By Deanna Vasso
Flyers host Rangers
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It’s a sad state in Pennsylvania right now for the diehard sports fan. The Philadelphia Phillies did horrible, Philadelphia Eagles are hit or miss, no one really cares about the Philadelphia 76ers — especially after Nerlens Noel‘s injury — and the Philadelphia Flyers are doing terrible. The Flyers have been that team that looked closer than all the others for years, but this season they have really dropped the ball hard.

We’re midway through the first month of the NHL season and the Flyers have a record of 1-7-0, and there’s not much hope that they are on their way to improve. Despite this all, team captain Claude Giroux has faith that the team will make the playoffs again, which is a bit laughable considering that he has yet to score a goal this season.

It’s been a tough go so far, and after a week off from games, the team will get back to playing as they host the New York Rangers on Thursday night. The Rangers have had some setbacks this season, too, as they head into this game 2-5-0. The Flyers might actually be able to pull a victory out of this game, because at least they don’t have to faceoff against Hendrik Lundqvist. The Rangers announced Wednesday he was day-to-day and rookie Cam Talbot (not to be confused with the Flyers’ Max Talbot) will get the start in net. Let’s hope the Flyers’ offense actually shows up and gives him a hard time.

The Flyers may have some good news Thursday, as right now they are unsure if Vincent Lecavalier will return to the lineup. If he does return, he’ll be with Giroux on the top line. Here’s hoping his potential return could light a fire in the rest of the team.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.

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