If you’re a Philadelphia Flyers fan who didn’t get sucked into the 2014 Winter Olympics like I did, you may be pretty ice-hockey deprived right now. So if you didn’t enjoy the hockey tournament, never fear because this Thursday the Flyers will be back on the ice as they face off against the San Jose Sharks. I try to be the optimistic hockey fan, which is in itself a conundrum if you’re a Philadelphia sports fan, but I have faith that the Olympic return will be good for the Flyers.
Although team captain Claude Giroux was snubbed for a spot on Team Canada‘s roster in the Olympics this year, it may have actually been a good thing for the Flyers’ leading goal scorer. Giroux was able to take these two weeks off to really rest and train in preparation for the NHL season to start back up again.
The Flyers have started practicing again in the past couple of days and the whole team is itching to get back on the ice, so they will be amped up on Thursday when they travel to San Jose. Giroux is definitely going to be a key player in their games to come, but he’s not the only one. Jakub Voracek is sure to be on point, as he played for the Czech Republic, and Michael Raffl will be a consistent cog in the Flyers’ machine, which he also displayed while playing with Team Austria.
Having the Olympic break won’t hinder this team, but rather it will give them a well needed boast to start playing solid hockey again. The Flyers do have some work ahead of them, as they are currently ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference. They need to maintain that spot at the very least if they want to see the playoffs again.