Preview: Philadelphia Flyers tackle Ottawa Senators for first sport of Claude Giroux-less period
Claude Giroux remains to be technically a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, however after the workforce gave the Nashville Predators a nervous 5-4 trouncing as we celebrated the captain’s 1,000th sport, it was reported that he won’t be flying with the workforce up north to face the Ottawa Senators.
It is actually safety over a possible damage ruining their total commerce deadline, as they may almost definitely be promoting off one of many biggest gamers in membership historical past in hopes to earn Giroux a Stanley Cup and get some picks and/or prospects for doing so. But I want to think about that they’re doing so to maintain the variety of video games performed for the Flyers at a pleasingly 1,000. Ah, a full quantity; an entire quantity; one which you could take a look at another statistic and decide what he did on a per sport foundation. We like it, of us.
As highly effective and emotional final evening was, the workforce might want to flip it round in lower than 24 hours and face an Ottawa workforce that, frankly, is type of ass proper now. At the start of the season they’d hope, with their shiny new prospects making the roster full-time and Brady Tkachuk as their captain. But now, they’ve misplaced eight of their final 10 video games, and a kind of uncommon wins got here by way of additional time in opposition to fellow bottom-dweller, the Seattle Kraken. They’re not in any kind of fine condition, and that is earlier than they make any potential trades earlier than puck drop.
On our extra most popular facet of the ice, the Flyers had been truly capable of present some expertise and talent in opposition to the Predators at dwelling. We noticed objectives come from all angles — Travis Sanheim and Cam York notching the workforce’s first two objectives of the match from the again; James van Riemsdyk earned his 14th objective of the season; and recent off the IR, Kevin Hayes scored the late equalizing objective with Joel Farabee clinching the win with simply over a minute remaining. Pretty wild to have a Flyers workforce this 12 months truly be enjoyable and entertaining. I suppose that’s what they do for Giroux, so it’s a must to marvel what they’ll do with him not even in the identical metropolis.
Maybe the truth that the Senators actually suck will assist us recover from any potential incoming Giroux commerce. So we are able to shout from the Philadelphian mountains “hey, look, this team is all right and they can score some cool goals,” or they may by some means lose and we should be glad due to tanking.
Projected (made-up) Flyers strains:
Farabee – Hayes – Mayhew
van Riemsdyk – Brassard – Atkinson
Lindblom – Frost – Konecny
Willman – Brown – MacEwen
Provorov – York
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Braun
Martin Jones might be going to be the starter in Ottawa.
Projected Senators strains:
Tkachuk – Norris – White
Formenton – Paul – Brown
Ennis – Tierney – Gaudette
Sanford – Gambrell – Watson
Brannstrom – Zub
Holden – Zaitsev
Mete – Brown
Anton Forsberg is beginning.
We higher get used to not seeing no. 28 on the ice anymore.