The Philadelphia Flyers (24-12-4) have struggled since the start of the New Year. They have surrendered leads in all four of their games in the month of January and are 1-2-1 during that span.
Tonight they will look to turn things around against the Carolina Hurricanes (14-22-7), a team who they have dominated in the past. The Flyers have won two of the three meetings this season and are 35-13-7 overall and 17-3-3 since the 2006 season (9-1-1 in Carolina).
In order to keep this trend going the Flyers will need a bit more production from their top line as they did not manage a point in the weekend series against Ottawa.
Fully capable of exploding with a barrage of goals at any moment, the team is rarely out of any game.
Whether they’re down by four goals to the Winnipeg Jets, or three goals to the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders or Anaheim Ducks, the Flyers have proven that no deficit is too great for them to overcome.
While the team has had great success in overcoming leads, as of late, they’ve done an even better job of blowing them.
Fewer events in sport are more exciting than a golden goal.
On Saturday afternoon fans of the Philadelphia Flyers bared witness to an even more exciting event when Daniel Briere scored his third goal of the game with 5.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
As if losing a two-goal lead in Monday’s Winter Classic wasn’t enough, the Philadelphia Flyers also lost one of their top scorers for at least the near future.
On Tuesday afternoon, general manager Paul Holmgren announced that Jaromir Jagr will be out 7-10 days with a groin strain. Jagr appeared to aggravate the injury during the second period of Monday’s game when he aggressively drove to the New York goal.
With Jagr out, several scenarios begin to surface. Not only will the team need to fill the opening left by the star forward on the top line, but it also opens up the opportunity for other players to earn some extra ice time with elevated play.
With the Winter Classic right around the corner, the Philadelphia Flyers (21-8-4) received a big boost Wednesday night in Dallas when Claude Giroux returned to the lineup after missing four games with a concussion.
His presence in the lineup is a must and tonight will be a huge test for him and the Flyers as they head to New York to take on the New York Rangers (20-8-4).
In their last match up in New York, a 2-0 loss, Zac Rinaldo and Brandon Prust dropped the gloves four seconds into the game. With the HBO cameras trailing these teams like the paparazzi, it is only natural for the players to want to put on a show.
There is no reason to think tonight will be any different.