NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Host Anaheim Ducks
The Philadelphia Flyers will try to increase their two-game winning streak to three when they play host to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. The Flyers played well against the New York Islanders last Saturday, but the 3-7-0 Flyers will have to improve a lot to defeat the 9-3-0 Ducks.
There are a few things that will work in the Flyers favor as they head into the game. First, the Ducks have a substantial amount of players that are currently injured, with the most recent being Saku Koivu, who will most definitely not be playing in the game. The Ducks are also finishing off a long road trip with their visit to Philadelphia, so the travel time could negatively affect their playing. Or at least that’s what the Flyers will be hoping.
Although, the Flyers have some advantages in this game, there is a reason that the Ducks are doing better than them, and a two-game streak in their own division may not be enough momentum for the Flyers to get things started. If the Flyers want to win this, they need to fight. No, not literally fight; they’ll need to fight for the puck and make sure they actually shoot at the net. The Flyers will also need to keep their penalty minutes to a minimum, because other than having a weak offense this season, they have a bad habit of taking far too many unnecessary penalties.
Look for Vincent Lecavalier to be on point again, and Steve Mason to be on his guard in his cage when they hit the ice on Tuesday.