The Canadian Olympic ice hockey team was announced today.
Much like the displeasure of many American fans on the snubbing of certain athletes such as Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, the Islanders' Kyle Okposo and Phoenix's Keith Yandle, a few Canadian exclusions have people upset, including an entire fan base of Flyers fans.
Claude Giroux, team captain and "best player in the world" according to Peter Laviolette, was left off the Canadian team. A lot of people are seeing red, or orange for that matter.
John Russo and Jordan Kuhns made their picks for midseason report card awards. On some categories they agreed rather civilly. But on others, the disagreement couldn't have been any more clear.
That is why they had to put their differences aside and work together to bring to you some of the Flyers' studs, duds, and surprises among other things through the first 41 games of the 2013-14 season.
At 20-17-4, and second place in the Metro Division with 44 points, there were certainly a lot to choose from.
(Photo: Steve Mason has been the Flyers best player in the first half. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
If there was a game to define what Steve Mason has been doing for the Flyers this season, Saturday night in the Music City was the night.
Mason stopped 34 shots, including two great saves in the shootout as the Flyers came back to beat the Nashville Predators, 3-2. The win started the Flyers' six-game road trip out on the right foot.
It was Mason's best effort of the season.
Mason's effort was coupled with Sean Couturier's late game-tying goal that forced overtime. His tally with 6 minutes, 54 seconds remaining gave Mason the chance to steal a second point from the Predators.
(Photo: Steve Mason covers the puck as Gabriel Bourque contends with Luke Schenn. Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Just one night after stirring the pot by fighting Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ray Emery stopped 14 shots as the Flyers rebounded with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Emery may not have faced an abundance of shots, but the Flyers goaltender put forth a strong effort on Saturday evening. Emery fought through some tough traffic in front of the net and was absolutely phenomenal for his 15th career shutout and fourth as a Flyer.
The scoring touch has alluded the Flyers early on this season, and was once again absent tonight. Fortunately, they didn't need too much firepower in this game.
The Flyers' week-long break will come to an end this Thursday when they host the Rangers.
While off, the Flyers set to work on a few things. Their powerplay unit, which is 29th in the NHL needed work; the entire team went to the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday as a bonding experience; and they have a couple players potentially returning from injuries which will create a few decisions.
The start of a new season brings with it countless questions for all 30 teams.
Some questions will be answered right away while others may take all season or even longer. In Philadelphia, the Flyers are no different.
Without further ado, here are five questions facing the Flyers this 2013-14 season.
(There will be pressure on the Flyers forwards to score this season, including a repeat performance from Jakub Voracek [front] and a break out season from Matt Read [back]. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line.)