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‘Twas the eve of the Classic…

‘Twas the eve of the classic, and all through Eastern PA
Not a hockey fan slept, anxious instead for the day.
Because believe it or not, there’s a Flyers game outside;
And it was for all too see - not just the nation, but worldwide.
So instead of sleeping, and patiently waiting for more,
I present to you this midnight update to pass some time and get you pumped;
Click ‘continue’ to see what’s in store.

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It’s almost here.

 

A couple of things to note right off the bat:

First, the game itself has been moved to 3:00, with a 1:00 access time for fans. The 9AM parking hasn’t changed though. For those that were in attendance at the Alumni game on Friday, this is the same drill.

The weather should be interesting. Several reports have low to mid 40’s being the high throughout the day, with sunny conditions in the morning that grow a bit cloudier as the day moves on. Another interesting note is that multiple reports indicate they expected winds in the 15-20 MPH range, with gusts reaching up to 30 MPH. Out of curiosity, I went back and looked at some reports from the game that took place in the Windy City, and those gusts only reached around 18 MPH. It would be a shame to see the wind have a major affect on the outcome of the game, as this something that would be almost impossible to predict..

It will also be interesting to see how a nighttime rainfall will treat the ice surface. Though it is just a slight drizzle, the night before the game you get the feeling any bad weather is dreadful sight. Luckily, they should have plenty of time to rectify any water damage that might be caused (if at all).

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Jagr at Practice discussing eyeblack tactics with a WC vet


In regards to the ice and the game itself, the practice today began to set the narrative. The players gathered with their families, but only after Lavi had worked them through a bit of an actual practice. Afterwards, he had this to say:

“I thought it was good. The day was beautiful. The ice I thought was terrific… Instead of just going out there and making it all fluff, we decided to put some things in place that we normally do the day before a game and to get a feel for the boards and the ice and the elements… I thought it was a good practice and a really good day.”

-Lavi after practice

The Winter Classic vet Max Talbot was also full of nothing but nice things to say:

“It’s great. I had a chance to play in a football stadium last year, and I don’t know whether it’s people in the stands and stuff like that, because it was just a practice, but it looks great. The ice condition has been pretty good and fun. It’s a special event and I think everything that surrounds the event is great and we feel privileged to be part of this game.”

-Max Talbot on the ice and the Winter Classic

The biggest news coming out of Philadelphia today was the surprising declaration of Sergei Bobrovsky as the starter for tomorrow’s game with the conference on the line. Bryzgalov handled it about as well as you would expect him to as he informed the media that had gathered around him and his special pads he had made for the occasion. It presents a great opportunity for Bryz to recharge his mental batteries and start fresh before the 2nd half of the season begins, while also giving Bob a reason to believe there is more to be gained – and rightfully so.

After never really getting a fair shake as the season wound down due to fatigue, Bob came into the season both knowing he was the backup and willing to work to overcome this label. It is starting to pay off, as the young goalkeeper is 4-1 in his last 5 games while only giving up 7 goals in the process. For much more on this be sure to check out Justin Goldman’s take over at The Goalie Guild, but I very much feel this situation can stand to benefit both of the Flyers goaltenders. Remember, the goalies can struggle a bit now as long as the team continues to win and ultimately makes the playoffs. Bob has played strong as of late, and Bryz will have ample opportunities to rectify his game. Antti Niemi didn’t really start to see playing time until December of 2009, and he went on to nearly win the Conn Smythe trophy. As they continue to get healthier, this Flyers team is still in great shape.

There’s a slight chance I’ll be getting a pregame post up in addition to this before the game tomorrow, but find me on twitter for tons of immediate updates throughout the day tomorrow((@marcs797).

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Lets go Flyers!

 

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The Orange & Black Breakdown looks to be the ultimate, around the clock source for news and information on the Philadelphia Flyers organization and it’s ever-present quest for the Stanley Cup. Focusing on what the team can do to achieve success is the ultimate goal.

The OBB is written and maintained by myself - Marc Siciliano. I’m a college graduate and media production professional in the sports industry with credits on projects like Hard Knocks: Bengals and 24/7 Penguins vs. Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic. A man of many hobbies, I always seem to find a way to spend a disproportionate amount of my daily routine with two things: Flyers hockey and social media (much to the dismay of my hockey impartial friends on twitter).

So what does this mean for you? The plan is to combine these time-wasting habits passions with my love for writing to provide you with complete coverage of the Flyers from both my head and around the web, 24/7.

This is my second writing stint focusing on the Flyers, but for a much larger audience - so do be gentle. Different perspectives and opinions on the organization are welcome and encouraged. Just because I see it one way doesn’t mean I’m beyond seeing it your way as well, so speak up!

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