Arguably the most anticipated game in the past six-weeks is upon us.
There is one game left tonight against the Devils, and it means nothing for either team. The Devils recently gave the Flyers a week-long wedgie, winning three of four games and exposing the Flyers, who gives a crap effort that has plagued them since March.
The Flyers are coming off recent splits against the top teams in the east in Penguins and Capitals. All four games have been more respectable efforts despite the 50/50 results.
One more ride on the emotional merry-go-round tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
Flyers vs. Devils: Three Storylines
In the previous four meetings against the Devils the Flyers lead for exactly zero minutes.
The one win came after a Claude Giroux miraculous 2 goals in 22 second effort to tie, before winning in a shootout.
The Flyers have not played with the lead much this year, and one of the biggest reasons is slow starts. Not looking prepared, motivated, or interested is not a recipe for success.
With the 7-2 win against the Pens and both games against the Caps, the Flyers played with a lead, which made life a lot easier. Friday night’s game against the Caps was a solid 60-minute effort.
Can the Flyers get a strong start and the lead to keep the young Devils on their heels coming into tonight’s season finale?
Last Chance to make a First Impression
Disappointing season to be sure, but one of the silver linings has been to get a solid look at some of the budding prospects within the Flyers system.
Cam York and Wade Allison have been the two recent rookies who have played well for the Flyers.
York is only two games in, but it is clear that his skating and puck-moving ability is on an NHL level. Additionally, he has looked comfortable even when pinned down in the defensive zone; he doesn’t panic and makes simple, smart plays.
Wade Allison is looking more and more like he is an NHL-caliber power-forward. He netted two goals on Friday night’s victory. He has some Scott Hartnell-ESC net-front scrappiness but has also displayed a wicked shot.
These two players have been given an early opportunity to make an impression on the coaching staff and front office.
Can they continue to push the pace and the case for their future roster spots tonight?
One More for Moose
Brian Elliott reached the 500-game mark last week.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a pretty milestone with the Flyers getting gutted by the Penguins 7-3.
Moose will likely get the start tonight in what is probably his final game with the Flyers. One of the 527 moves that need to be made in the offseason will be getting a durable backup to fill in for Hart if injury or another slump hits the young netminder.
It is clear the 36-year-old Elliott will not be able to service that role.
Moose has been a warrior, a mentor, and a professional during his time with the Flyers.
The team laid an egg in front of him for his 500th. Can they send Brian Elliott off with a stronger effort and season-finale victory?
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