Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-0)
RBC Center - 7:00 PM ET - Raleigh, NC
TV: The Comcast Network (Ch. 8 or 201 in HD)
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 204
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: 'Canes Country
A year ago, thehad extremely high expectations. Opening night at the Wachovia Center was electric as the Flyers hosted the hated . Minutes after puck drop, the Blueshirts had a four goal lead. Electricity turned to anger. Things wouldn't get better in the coming games. The orange and black would start the season winless in their first six games, and with the lost 2006-07 season still fresh in Philadelphia's collective memory, fans were antsy.
The Flyers would bounce back from that disastrous start last season, of course, but at the end, the ultimate goal was not reached. With the additions to the lineup we've seen this offseason, the returning core of extraordinary scorers, the perfect mix of veteran experience and youth energy, and a goaltender out to prove his worth to the hockey world, the expectations for the 43rd season of Flyers hockey are higher than they've been in recent memory. Tonight, our team begins their journey toward the Stanley Cup.
It begins in Carolina, a place where the Cup was hoisted just a few years ago. The 'Canes have good reason to be excited about their season, too, having made a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals just a season ago. Goaltenderjust signed a hefty contract, and with leading the way, Carolina is looking for another Cup of their own. The energy at Raleigh's RBC Center tonight should be electric.
Here's to hoping the Flyers can shut down the crowd early.and are scratches tonight. will be taking Asham's spot on the third line, playing on the right side next to and . gets the nod in goal, of course. It's his first meaningful NHL game since April 2008.
is out of the lineup for the . Starting in goal for Carolina is, of course, Ward. He better be playing with that money he's making now. Full lineups and questions to answer after the jump...
James van Riemsdyk
Questions to Answer
- Do the Flyers start off their season with a bang? Is inconsistency a storyline following the game?
- How does Ray Emery hold up in real, live, meaningful NHL competition?
- James van Riemsdyk, Mika Pyorala, and Danny Syvret. How do they look?
- Who scores the first goal of the season?
Comcast Network, 7 PM. Remember, if you're not in Philly, there's a free Center Ice preview on most cable and satellite systems until October 24. If not, there's a radio stream at the Flyers website. Join us here for the discussion, and as always, LET'S GO FLYERS!