Vancouver Canucks (15-12-0, 30 pts) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-10-1, 25 pts)
Wachovia Center - 7:00 PM EST - Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN Philly HD
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 205
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: Nucks Misconduct
Do you want to prevent a major shakeup? Do you want to save your coaches job? Win tonight and make us all feel a little better, Flyers. Sure, it's December. Sure, it's still early and sure, the Flyers have a ton of hockey left to play. But this team, with so many expectations coming in to the year, can't continue losing like they have been. That's unacceptable.
So is tonight a must win game? Well, they're 11 points out of first place. As Chris Pronger said the other day, "We need to make it bleeping happen on Thursday." Hey, it's Thursday.
Brian Boucher is in net as the Flyers try to get back on track. He's look good in his last several appearances, but the offense needs to be able to put the puck in the other net. That won't be an easy task, though, considering they have Roberto Luongo to beat.
In order to do that, the special teams are going to have to get back on track. They've been absolutely atrocious lately, especially the penalty killing units. They should be at the top of the league on the PK, but they've dropped like a stone in the rankings. Much like the team as a whole has...
Danny Briere returns for the Flyers. He missed two games with a suspension and then missed Saturday night's game in Atlanta with the flu. He'll likely play with Hartnell and Carter.
Vancouver played last night in New Jersey, beating the Devils 5-2. They haven't been successful in back-to-back games, though, and you should expect the orange and black to try and step on their necks early.
Apologies for the succinct preview. After the jump, questions to answer.
Questions To Answer
- Can the Flyers get to Luongo and the Canucks early?
- Can the special teams get back on track?
- How many hot dogs are consumed? Dollar dog night again...
- How many jokes get made at the expense of Jim Jackson's bald upper lip?
Tonight's game will be broadcast locally on CSN Philly and 610 WIP. As always, join us here for the conversation, and LET'S GO FLYERS!