Weekend was crazy and I’m a busy student so sorry for lack of updates…
Philadelphia Flyers legend Dave Schultz will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony tonight when those New Jersey Devils take the NJ turnpike south and across the bridge to come into our house up 7 points in the division. Flyers got to a 5-game winning streak after beating Ottawa on Thursday, yet it ended quickly in Buffalo on Saturday in what became a frustrating 3-2 loss to the hands of Ryan Miller and the Sabres’ powerplay. Jeff Carter notched the first shorthanded goal of the season in the 3rd period but they could not surmount Miller’s excellent goaltending as he saved 29 of their 31 shots.
Oskars Bartulis made his debut last Thursday and has been playing pretty well. Expect him to be getting more playing time and possibly having Syvret bumped back down to the Phantoms. Laliberte also was sent back down to the Phantoms this weekend as Cote played in Saturday night’s game as well due to JVR being out with the flu. James Van Riemsdyk will be back tonight, though.
Apparently New Jersey is going for a win to tie a league record of opening their season without a road loss (9 games). Let’s hope the Flyers put an end to that just like we did in our first game of the season. It’s going to be a full crowd tonight for Schultz and the Flyers, and hopefully the defense can keep Parise off the puck. Timmonen matched up pretty well against him last time, hopefully they can do the same. Going up 2-0 against the Devils right now in the season series would be great to cut their 7 point lead down and help make a push to move up in the standings. They are playing more games and only have 4 days off within the next 12 days so if this young team can get the wheels rolling, they will be hard to stop. They’ve played better hockey when they had small layoff time, but I think they haven’t played their best yet. November and December could be good months to do that to get some momentum going into January for the Olympic Break.