Claude Giroux and the Flyers scored four third-period goals in a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 3. (Photo Courtesy of Flyers.com)
The last time we left the Philadelphia Flyers, they had closed out a four-game winning streak at home against the Calgary Flames. The four-game streak also included a meeting with the San Jose Sharks on a West Coast road trip. A four-goal third period helped the Flyers rally for a 5-2 win over the Sharks that night.
That makes Thursday night's return to action a revenge game for the Sharks. The 37-16-6 Sharks face the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center for the first time since Dec. 8, 2010. The opening face-off commences at 7 p.m.
Swift Current Broncos defenseman Julius Honka is top NHL prospect for the 2014 Draft. (Photo c/o Yahoo Sports)
All-European born players have a decision to make if they want to play in the NHL. It’s the question of when to come over to North America. Some players stay in Europe until they’re NHL ready, while others wait until their draft year.
Finnish defenseman Julius Honka, who many consider a top 20 prospect for the draft, knew which route he wanted to choose.
The play of Michael Raffl has been a surprising revelation for most Flyers fans so far this season. Entering the year as an unproven undrafted free agent who played in the second level of Swedish pro hockey last year, not much was expected from him. The Flyers, however, saw things differently than the fan base and gave him Simon Gagne’s #12 and he stayed with the team for much of training camp (likely at the expense of Gagne’s potential roster spot). Through 46 games, Raffl has recorded 7 goals and 11 assists while playing in nearly every situation imaginable. He jump-started Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek on the top line for a while and didn’t look out of place while doing so. He’s currently stabilizing the fourth line with Zac Rinaldo and Adam Hall. He’s also had stints on the second and third lines, and currently leads the Flyers in points per 60 minutes at even strength despite all the changes.