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Previewing the East: Philadelphia Flyers

Tuesday, 08.27.2013 / 7:00 AM / Features
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com





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Over the next several weeks, BlueJackets.com will take an extensive, in-depth look at the Jackets' new opponents in the Eastern Conference. Be on the lookout for photo galleries, analysis, video highlights and more!

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS SEASON PREVIEW PHOTO GALLERY


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Head coach: Peter Laviolette
Captain: Claude Giroux
Division: Metropolitan


LAST YEAR:
23-22-3 (49 points); 10th overall in the Eastern Conference

VS. CBJ in '13-14:
12/19, 12/21, 1/23, 4/3

OUTLOOK: Headlining the Flyers' offseason were compliance buyouts of two big-ticket players: Daniel Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Two years into a nine-year, $51 million contract, the Flyers had seen enough of the inconsistent Russian netminder, who never found solid footing between the pipes in Philadelphia and was supplanted by a younger, cheaper option in Steve Mason at last year's trading deadline. Rather than stand pat (which is never the Flyers' M.O.), GM Paul Holmgren was aggressive in upgrading his roster and traded for the rights to UFA defenseman Mark Streit, and eventually signed the former Islanders captain to a four-year deal. Shortly before the free agency bell, the Flyers secured Vincent Lecavalier on a five-year deal and they added goaltending insurance with veteran Ray Emery. The Flyers struggled through a frustrating 2012-13 season and had to watch the playoffs from home, but their offseason moves should place them back in the postseason conversation. How can they make sure to avoid last year's disappointment? Well, for starters, better goaltending and a collective step forward from the defense are going to be essential if the Flyers have a successful 2013-14 campaign.


PLAYERS TO WATCH


Vincent Lecavalier


This is sure to be a motivated player after being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Lecavalier is a sure-fire bet to be on one of the top two lines for the Flyers. He can play center or wing, but may be a better fit as the No. 2 center behind Giroux. That's a rather formidable one-two punch down the middle, and of course, Lecavalier's been known to unleash wicked shots like the one we've featured below.


Matt Read


When you talk about players who fit Peter Laviolette's preferred style, Read seems to be in the ideal mold. He covers a lot of ice, can shoot the puck, and plays a pretty sound 200-foot game and has seen his game mature nicely since breaking into the NHL. He's got high-end skill and should be counted on for 20-25 goals every year provided he stays healthy.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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