Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 12/19/11 at 06:38 PM ET
Ben Holmstom centering Rinaldo and Harry Z. Let that sink in, because that’s one of your Flyers lines tonight.
Needless to say, the Flyers - remarkably 8-2-0 in their last 10 and first place in the Eastern conference - are taking the ice with yet another newcomer to the fold; and he’s skating in our top 9.
But that’s not all.
A rare battle with enemies from the northwest beckons – to the write up!
Obligatory Peter Forsberg pic.
Philadelphia Flyers (20-8-3, 43 PTS | 1st in East) vs Colorado Avalanche (15-17-1, 31 PTS | 13th in West)
Colorado is a team that has preferred its success home cooked this year. Boasting a five-game home winning streak, it would be wise for the Flyers to not take the Avalanche lightly and come out swinging early, especially after their home ice display in Boston. The Flyers will be putting an equally long road-winning streak on the line, so something’s gotta give tonight in Colorado.
Matty Duchene leads the Avs in goals and is always dangerous with his speed. The Flyers will need to play a clean game defensively, because any penalties will force the Flyers to deploy a mix-and-matched PK unit that will surely miss both Couturier and Giroux up top. Likewise, the Flyers will need to settle down their powerplay and find a rhythm, because these rough waters show very little signs of forgiveness ahead.
Always keep your eyes peeled for Matty D
Tom Sestito joins the Flyers for the first time this season tonight, likely skating on a line with Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. This opportunity might be bigger than the robust winger himself, and he will surely be looking to impress in his first stint with the big club. Also joining the team again is Matt Walker, replacing Kevin Marshall on the back end.
The Flyers might be able to find a lot of success by keeping their game simple tonight. With all the fresh, borderline prepubescent faces on the bench, a north-south style game that ends with the forwards crashing the net could help everyone feel at home. Besides, Colorado doesn’t exactly have a showstopper between the pipes. Assuming they turn to Varlamov tonight, he’s been less than stellar as of late only going 1-3-0 with a 4.63 GAA. He’s a beatable goalie, perfectly ripe for the reaping by this oversized, but under-experienced lineup.
It might not be as easy as some would think, but this is a very winnable game for this young bunch of misfit toys.
Bold predictions for tonight:
- A rookie gets on the board
- It’s a scrappy affair. 2 Fights minimum
Lets Go Flyers!
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