The Philadelphia Flyers have found success in the past couple of games as they head into their battle with the Colorado Avalanche on a four-game winning streak. Their streak has not been an easy task as their games last Saturday and Sunday went to the shootout rounds. So the Flyers have fought hard to get those last four wins, and now they’ll have to do that come Thursday.
The Flyers will continue their Western road trip as they visit the Avalanche and face off against former Flyer Max Talbot. This is the first time that the Flyers will face the Avalanche this season. Due to the lockout they have not faced this Western Conference team since December 19, 2011. The Flyers lost to the Avalanche in that last game, but they did get a point as it went to a shootout.
It’s been a long time since the two teams have faced each other, and the Flyers will be banking on changing the outcome of this game due to their current win streak. The Flyers’ success has been due to their top line being successful. Claude Giroux has seemed to have a good impact on his rookie linemate Michael Raffl. The two seem to always be there on the assist or at the net whether they are with Jakub Voracek or Mark Streit. The top line for this team has been pretty successful, but Brayden Schenn has also been making headlines in the past couple games. These players will definitely be on the radar for the Avalanche.
As for the Avalanche, the Flyers need to definitely keep an eye out for Matt Duchene. The NHL‘s third star last week has been consistent at putting up points for his team as he leads the squad with 38 points. Ryan O’Reilly has been on the line with Duchene a lot, so he will be another player the Flyers need to target come Thursday.