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Five Flyers Questions for the 2013-14 Season

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.)

2013 Flyers Preview: Defensemen

The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.

With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.

One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.

(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Giroux Returns, Voracek Hurt in Flyers Loss

The Flyers lost 2-1 to the Devils Tuesday night in what appeared to be an uneventful game.

In fact, it was the preseason debut of Claude Giroux. Unfortunately, linemate Jakub Voracek left with a lower back injury as well.

Voracek was injured when he went awkwardly into the goalpost in the second period. He did not return to the game at that point and will be evaluated on Wednesday.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 3: Decimated By Injuries

In sports, the phrase "injuries are part of the game" is used quite often. However, the popular phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Philadelphia Flyers during the shortened 2012-2013 regular season.

To put things into perspective, the Flyers lost 264 man games to injury or illness.

Some things were known heading into the season such the fact that defenseman Chris Pronger wouldn't see any action as he recovers from a concussion. The Flyers didn't have quite as much depth at the forward position as they did the season prior.

(Scott Hartnell. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Flyers Team Awards: Voracek Takes Home MVP, Most Improved

Before Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders, the Flyers handed out their annual team awards.

The following is the list of awards and the winners for the 2013 season.

(Pictured: Jakub Voracek. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Timonen's Season Ends; Lilja Recalled

At last, the battered Finnish warrior's season has finally ended.

Kimmo Timonen will miss the final three games of the 2013 season due to a foot fracture, an injury he more than likely may have been playing with for some time. He is the sixth Flyers defenseman to see his season end on the injured reserve.

Timonen's replacement will be Andreas Lilja, who was recalled earlier today from Adirondack.

Flyers Making Due With "Patchwork Defense"

“Patchwork” may not be the nicest word to use to describe Philadelphia’s defensive situation right now, but it is the most appropriate.

After last night’s 4-2 win at home over division rival New York, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was asked a question that was worded in a way which Laviolette had to point out.

"They probably wouldn’t like to be called that, if I was guessing," Laviolette said when asked about his “patchwork defense,” drawing some laughs from the reporters after the game.

He was quick to follow with praise for some of the guys stepping in at the most desperate of times.

(Pictured: Kimmo Timonen (left) and Luke Schenn (right) during warm-ups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Mason Steals Show in Philly; Shuts Down Rangers

It's not often the Flyers play against Henrik Lundqvist and say that the goaltending was the difference-maker in a victory over New York.

Steve Mason was lights-out despite his team's poor offensive showing. His effort enabled the Flyers to steal a 4-2 win from the Rangers despite being out-played for much of the game.

Mason faced 40 shots, stopping 38 in the win. The Flyers got only 22 on net the entire game, leaving Mason to do all the work and steal a much-needed win from the Rangers.

(Pictured: Steve Mason during warmups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line - Flyers Edition)

Senators Snap Five-Game Skid; Beat Fading Flyers 3-1

The Ottawa Senators came into Philadelphia desperately needing a win to right the ship in a bad way and they delivered.

The Flyers, still with a glimmer of hope left for a playoff berth, did not deliver and wasted a great game by Ilya Bryzgalov. Dominated for 60 minutes the Flyers lost 3-1 to Ottawa Thursday night.

This was the second time the Flyers couldn't take advantage of a team on a major losing skid in the last three games.

On Saturday, the Flyers enabled the Winnipeg Jets to snap a five-game losing streak by dropping the game, 4-1. Ottawa was on a five-game losing streak heading into tonight.

(Pictured: Ottawa's Chris Neil throws his body in the 1st period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Travel to Long Island in Hopes to Get Back On Track

The Flyers are hoping that Saturday's loss didn't derail them from the playoff hunt. Heading to Long Island, the Flyers look to take down the Islanders and get back into the winning ways.