A wicked storm, know as a nor’easter, is predicted to rock the Northeast Saturday night into Sunday. The Hurricanes recently blew the Hawks from the sky in their own storm Friday night in a 3-0 shutout. Canes hope to bring that energy to the Wells Fargo Center for their first match with the Flyers. Philly is expected to get a mild 3” of snow compared to the 12” inches expected in some parts of New York. Mild doesn’t only describe Philadelphia’s weather; Flyers have lost 4 of their last 5 contests.
However, Flyers boast players that are anything but mild early in the 2011-12 season. Claude Giroux sits fourth in the league for goals (6) and 8th in total points (11). Danny Briere matches Jeff Skinner’s stats with 4 goals and 6 assists (Update: Briere will not play in tonight’s game.). Meanwhile, 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr has racked 5 points in the last three games.
Carolina and Philadelphia have each tackled 10 games and earned 11 points. Philly is going to be passionate about sealing a victory on home ice and avoiding a third consecutive lost. Carolina won’t be easy to conquer. They played some of their best hockey last night, from Tim Brent’s inspiring assist, to Brandon Sutter’s out of the box goal, to Cam Ward’s perfection in the crease. Canes deliver a similar performance tonight and the weather will be the least of the Flyers’ worries.
Let’s Go Canes…and safe travels back to Raleigh! Also, in case you missed it, Happy Birthday Eric Staal!