Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 10/29/11 at 04:51 PM ET
Carolina has rolled into town with familiar faces throughout the lineup. Can the Flyers continue their reign of dominance over the Hurricanes and break out of the slump tonight? Take shelter from the snowy weather with this game preview after the jump.
Carolina Hurricanes (4-3-3 | 11 pts) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5-4-1 | 11 pts)
The Flyers have yet to really bounce back from their poor efforts with a complete game. Coming off a simply ludicrous loss vs the Jets, if they don’t come out flying they are going to hear it from the fans. With a matchup against the red-hot Sabres looming, a win tonight could provide both momentum and motivation. They’ve had success in the past vs Carolina, so now is the time to right the ship.
The losing ends tonight.
What to expect from the HURRICANES: Possibly Brian Boucher. You would think the Hurricanes would opt for their rock in net after the offensive strip tease the Flyers unleashed on Winnipeg, but it doesn’t sound like that will be the case. Hopefully the Flyers took comfort in their offensive output in the loss, because with Boosh in net the sexy show could continue at the Wells Fargo Center tonight.
You can find another familiar face on the blueline, as Joni Pitkanen will be in the game after a nasty boarding incident by former finger-loving Flyer and current Kane Kronie Dan Carcillo caused some drama last night. Keep an eye on Skinner as well; he leads the Hurricanes with 10 points thus far, regardless of the fact that he has only been legally able to buy cigarettes in New Jersey for six months.
Can he keep it up, or will his production fall faster than you can say #hartnelldown?
What to expect from the FLYERS: Effort. But can they sustain it for 60 minutes? That is the key to success and the reason the Flyers have been inconsistent. Hopefully the defense takes a long look in the mirror before the game and listens to some really heavy rock music, because they need to bounce back in the big way. Coburn needs to get MEAN. Timonen actually has 6 assists in his last 3 games, but he needs to get back to what he does best – slowing down the game and controlling the flow from the back end.
Bryzgalov apparently had a good practice and feels good, but keep an eye on his body language early. If he starts to scramble and feel vulnerable he could deflate pretty quickly, so the Flyers need to keep shots to the outside and let him get a good feel for the puck.
A true team effort tonight would put them right back on track.
My BOLD prediction for tonight’s game:
Flyers win 5-1
-If it’s Boucher in net, I think it will be trouble for Carolina
-The goal scoring continues in a big way, and the rookies get involved
-Bryz has a bounce back performance, making one or two big saves in the process
*I feel like a homer with these picks I’ve made recently, but they were all winnable games. This worries me, but hopefully these concerns are rendered useless tonight
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