It's almost here! The end of the 2013 Philadelphia Flyers season! Let's have a party!
Okay, not a party. Just a hockey game between your soon-to-be golfing Flyers and the playoff-bound Islanders. Can you light an Internet sentence on fire? Are the physics there to make that happen? Good lord, hockey sucks this season. The ISLANDERS are in the playoffs. THE ONES FROM NEW YORK. Ugh.
New York Islanders (24-16-6, 54) at Philadelphia Flyers (21-22-3, 45)
7 p.m. | Wells Fargo Center | South Philadelphia
TV: CSN Philly, MSG+ 2 | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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Anyway, yeah ... two games left, one home game remaining. Since Peter Laviolette didn't play the kids the other night I wouldn't really expect him to do so tonight, so I'm heading into this game with slim expectations. Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal against Kevin Poulin, getting a rare start for the now-clinched Isles.
Still lots to play for with these two teams. The Isles can still finish anywhere from fifth place to eighth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Flyers can still finish anywhere from 19th to 24th
25th in the league. The Isles are looking to move up, and realistically, the Flyers are looking to move down considering that 19th to 25th gap also represents a 3.6 5.1 percent difference in their chances of winning the draft lottery next week.
No idea what lineup the Flyers are going with tonight. We hope Laviolette plays the kids, but we're just going to sit back and enjoy the game. There are only two left. Might as well have fun with hockey season while it lasts, even if we can't wait until it's over.
Questions to Answer
1. Maybe Briere's last game as a Flyer in Philly. Any acknowledgment from the crowd?
2. Maybe Bryzgalov's last game as a Flyer in Philly. Any acknowledgment from the crowd?
3. Who wins the team awards, handed out before the game?
4. Voracek and Giroux still going head to head for the team scoring title. Who's on top at the end of the night?