Philadelphia Flyers' Offense Needs To Stay Hot Against Anaheim Ducks

By Ryan Wenzell
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The Philadelphia Flyers‘ offense showed major signs of improvement last week in a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders. That needs to continue against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks are one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the league. They are in the top 10 in scoring right now thanks to their top-two offensive weapons: Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. These two just know how to get it done around the net.

Perry is a pure sniper. He has had a true eye for goal his entire career and has had a brilliant start to this season with six goals in his first 12 games. Another 40-plus goal season for Perry looks like a lock.

Getzlaf isn’t far behind. He has five goals and 12 points in the season’s first dozen games, dishing out seven assists. Playmaking may be Getzlaf’s biggest strength on the ice. He always has a knack for knowing where his teammates are.

No doubt the Flyers’ defense and ascending goalie Steve Mason will be in for a challenge tonight against the offensively explosive Ducks. All the more reason for the Flyers’ offense needs to continue to stay hot. The Flyers broke out last week on the Island. They racked up five goals on the Islanders, which included a Vincent Lecavalier hat trick, the seventh of his career.

This was nice to see for Lecavalier. Part of the reason they signed him was for his goal-scoring prowess. If he rounds into form, he will be a great linemate for star captain Claude Giroux to feed the puck to in goal-scoring areas.

I expect a flurry of goals tonight. Mason has been one of the hottest keepers in the league, but is in for a tough challenge. I predict a tightly-contested game that comes down to the wire.

Final prediction: 4-3, Flyers.

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