Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/27/13 at 11:30 AM ET
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
As NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL Players Association and the league’s owners promised, the shortened 2013 hockey season would not be lacking action. The activity has been end to end, the finishes have been dramatic and the play has been upbeat and largely spectacular.
While many teams haven’t skipped a beat, some franchises have struggled out of the gate. In a truncated season, that means that now, nearly halfway through the 2013 campaign, is the time that a limping franchise needs to turn it on or kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.
With prolific scorer Alexander Ovechkin in tow, the Washington Capitals were favored by many to win the NHL’s Southeast division and contend for the Eastern Conference title. Over a month into the season however, the Caps and Ovechkin have struggled mightily, sitting in last place in their division at the start of play Tuesday. It’s now or never for the Caps to right the ship. Despite having the league’s second best powerplay, Washington ranks third to last in total shots on net. They’ll need more scoring from outside of their top-three: pesky Mike Ribeiro, the aforementioned Ovechkin and playmaking Nicklas Backstrom.
The Flyers can relate to the Capitals’ early season tumult. They too have been slow out of the gate, and both teams are beginning to adapt ‘do or die’ mentalities. For Philadelphia, defense, in the team’s own end and in the neutral zone, has been a major cause for concern. Many of the team’s forwards sports minuses for their plus/minus rating, and two defensemen, Bruno Gervais and Braydon Coburn, are blemished with -8 and -9 marks, respectively. Not surprisingly, the Flyers, as of the start of the play on Tuesday, had given up the second most goals in the league.
Because both teams aren’t in a position to drop anymore games, this tilt should be exciting and gritty, with both teams playing for their playoff lives. The average ticket price for the Caps-Flyers matchup at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is $90.50, according to TiqIQ. That figure is down from the Philadelphia Flyers tickets home average of $110.65. Cheap seats to Wednesday’s face-off are available, with the most affordable tickets sitting at $40.
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