Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 09/20/11 at 07:23 PM ET
At long last, the Flyers hit the ice for a somewhat meaningful contest tonight. What can we expect?
The Quest for The Cup begins again tonight
Short answer? Not much. It’s the first preseason game, so the team will likely be at its most raw form. There is obviously not too much to read into in terms of lineup choices, but interesting to see guys together for the first time. Here are the things I’ll be watching for:
Effort - With so much competition in camp, there is no room for anyone who wants to make the team to take a play off. It may be sloppy hockey, but there should be no point tonight where someone’s legs aren’t moving. Anyone caught standing still will be a sitting duck on the ice and the depth chart, plain and simple.
“Swagger” – It’s a tough thing to quantify, but I want to see guys playing like they belong. There isn’t room to hesitate and play with a lack of confidence, and with all the competition both young and old on the roster, there will be no room to play like a rookie or over-aged veteran.
In a similar vein, I’m looking to see the guys who are playing loose. This is our first look at the newer nucleus in action against a common opponent, and I’m looking to see how much teamwork and comfort exists thus far. Obviously not all of the vets are there, but the guys on the ice represent the younger core of future Flyers and will likely be together for a pretty good period of time; it’s going to be fun to see where they begin.
Lastly, I’m excited to see Bob back in the crease. It’s been tweeted that he will be playing the full game. This being his first game back since his rookie season, I’m curious to see if/how he has progressed.
This team isn’t going to be the Flyers of 2011-2012, but some of the guys on the ice will surely have a big role in the success or failure of the club this season. The game will be televised nationally on the NHL Network and on TCN in the Philadelphia region, starting at 7 PM EST.
So sit back and relax with your favorite Canadian beer and watch as the scene unfolds for the first time this season, this way you can say you were there from the start. Regardless of the quality of play, there’s Flyers hockey on the TV again - and that’s a beautiful thing.
Wellwood – Schenn – Simmonds
Rinaldo – Read - Voracek
JVR – Couturier – Testwuide
Harry Z – Mair – Sestito
Carle - Walker
Lilja - Gustafsson
Bartulis - Kessel
GOALIES: Bobrovsky (Leighton)
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