Tonight the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals meet at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. Will tonight be the night one of these teams suffer their first regulation loss of the season ? You can see it happen on NHLN-US, CSN-DC, CSN-Philly.
The Philadelphia Flyers will start their 2011-2012 season in Boston against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins on the night their Stanley Cup Banner is unveiled at 7:00 pm EST at TD Garden.
Ironically in the same place their 2010-2011 brief playoff run ended in a sweep, only managing two goals for, while surrendering ten in games three and four in Boston. This is not just any ordinary opening night.
The Flyers will have to watch the Bruins organization unveil their 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Banner right before their eyes. There may be a bright side to the Flyers team being witness to that, as it could add extra motivation and set the tone for the season.
According the the Philadelphia Flyers twitter account, defenseman Chris Pronger will play in tonight's game against the New Jersey Devils. Pronger, who was recovering from wrist and back surgeries will take the ice for the first time as the Flyers captain.
Although it seemed like 'slow and steady' was the plan for Pronger's recovery, it now seems like he's back to playing shape and ready to go. This development is reminiscent of Pronger's return to action following injury. Last year, it ended up being a mistake.
In a move that surprised few and validated many, the Philadelphia Flyers announced late Friday afternoon that Chris Pronger was named the 18th captain in franchise history.
Since Pronger's arrival in Philadelphia many have argued that the 6'6" defensemen's demonstrative attitude and commanding style of play made him the perfect candidate for team captain. Some even felt that former captain Mike Richards should have been stripped of his captaincy and replaced with the more vocal Pronger. Now...
I read this article the other night and began thinking about the Dion Phaneuf trade. The fact that Brian Burke was able to acquire his cornerstone player and eventual Leaf captain for basically nothing still boggles my mind. Burke unloaded an underachieving pending UFA in Matt Stajan; a small, tweener defender having a career year (who was also a pending RFA looking to cash in) in Ian White; a streaky, run of the mill winger in Niklas Hagman; and a journeyman fourth line winger in Jamal Mayers. In addition to Phaneuf the Leafs also obtained well thought of at the time Flames prospect Keith Aulie and veteran winger Fredrick Sjostrom.