The Flyers face a familiar face in Danny Briere when they take on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
Opening night did not go as planned for the Flyers. A goaltender got the better of them once again, as has been the case time after time.
However, despite the 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, there were many positives to take away from the first game of the season.
Brayden Schenn took matters into his own hands with a fight and a goal in the first period of play. His goal, on the power play, would never have happened if not for brilliant stick-handling by Vincent Lecavalier.
For upwards of two periods, Steve Mason looked excellent in goal. There were some shaky moments, but those only seemed to happen when there was a total breakdown defensively.
The power play went 1-for-7 in the opener. Those are not good numbers. However, the power play also generated numerous scoring chances. Claude Giroux fired five shots on goal to lead the team. Mark Streit and Kimmo Timonen powered the blue line, taking seven of the team’s 32 shots on goal. Streit also led the power play from the blue line, serving as a suitable quarterback to set up ample scoring chances.
The Montreal Canadiens know what it’s like to run into Toronto. Their first game of the season was a 4-3 loss to the Leafs.
The player to watch in that game was Lars Eller, who scored two goals and assisted on the third by Brendan Gallagher.
This team is certainly loaded on the forward end of things, with Tomas Plekanec and Max Patioretty leading the way with Eller, Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk and former Flyer Danny Briere on the top lines.
Defensively, the Canadiens turn to PK Subban but also get strong help from defensemen Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges and Francis Boullion.
In goal, the Habs are likely to go with Carey Price between the pipes once again. The Flyers will tab Ray Emery as the starter for their second game of the season.
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