The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon because they were not playing a full 60 minutes. The team dropped the lead and let the Caps tie up the game ending in a shootout loss for the road team. The Flyers aren’t good on the road, but they need to be active for the entire game if they want to actually win.
Luckily for the Flyers, they will have the opportunity to rematch against the Caps to redeem themselves. The Flyers play their second of back-to-back games against the Caps on Tuesday. Their intention will be to not let the Caps capture a home-and-home sweep, but the Flyers don’t have the best history with defeating the Caps this season. In their first two games against the team they have already lost twice — at least once went to an overtime period.
The upside to this game is that the Flyers will be back home where they play a lot better than on the road. The downside is they still have a weak offensive team.
The Flyers will still be without Vincent Lecavalier, whom has been absent on the ice since November 22. Despite this, team captain Claude Giroux has been doing well as he has had back-to-back multi-point games. If head coach Craig Berube is smart he’ll keep putting rookie Michael Raffl on the line with the captain. Last week the two seemed to bounce off each other well, and it could be a line they need to beat the Caps on Tuesday.
The Flyers will be looking for help from their top line if they are keen to hold off Caps’ Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.