Orange & Black Breakdown
by Marc Siciliano on 10/22/11 at 08:10 PM ET
The last time the Flyers took the ice for a game, the Washington Capitals brought them back down to earth. Still sitting rather pretty with a 4-1-1 record, it’s time for this bunch to sing the sweet song of redemption at the expense of a rather gullible opponent.
The Blues are used to the antics of our captain
St. Louis Blues (3-4-0 | 6 pts) vs Philadelphia Flyers (4-1-1 | 9 pts)
What to expect from the BLUES: The Blues are coming in less than 24 hours removed from an exciting overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Will they be feeling the effects of an overtime victory, or will they succumb to the physical stress of a back-to-back matchup? It shouldn’t matter to the Flyers, who seemingly outmatch the visitor in multiple facets of the game.
I’ll be curious to get a look at some of the younger guys sporting the musical notes on their chest, but for the most part I can’t find this roster too intimidating. It looks like Brian Elliot will be in net for the Blues, so there’s that. He may be playing well, but I don’t see that lasting long. Tonight could be the night his 2-game winning streak comes to a close, and potentially in grand fashion.
Jason Arnott leads the Blues with 6 points (3 G, 3 A) in 7 games. Will he ever quit?
The first 10 seconds reminds me of NHL vets. The rest is just inspirational
What to expect from the FLYERS: For the Flyers, tonight should be all about getting back on track. Before the game vs the Capitals was cracked open, the Flyers had a slew of chances to put the puck in the net. They need to simplify the game and crash the net if they wish to be rewarded with results. I don’t see much of a reason for the Blues to be charged up for tonight’s game, while the Flyers should be seeking blood after the Capitals game.
In addition to redemption, the lineup will be the storyline throughout the game. It isn’t worth too much speculation, but personally, I hope Hartnell is the one who finds himself on the 4th line with Nodl and Talbot. Regardless of where they play, every player needs to be sure to make sure they keep their sticks down and their legs moving, or they will definitely find themselves riding the pine. A lack of effort will lead to a lack of ice time.
My BOLD predictions for tonight:
-Briere pots 2
-Bryz plays well early (and often)
-Jagr finally scores
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