Apr 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17), center Claude Giroux (28), center Matt Read (24), defenseman Brandon Manning (32) and defenseman Matt Konan (34) acknowledge the crowd after final game of the season against the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers defeated the Islanders, 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Metropolitan Division Preview: Philadelphia Flyers


A usual powerhouse every season, the Philadelphia Flyers missed the playoffs last season.

But don’t let the failure fool you – the Flyers are still a strong team and got even better over the summer.

GM Paul Holmgren brought in Vincent Lecavalier to be the second-line center and veteran Mark Streit to help the defense, while Ray Emery will platoon the net-minding duties with Steve Mason.

Joining Lecavalier on offense is superstar Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds, among others. The Flyers depth at forward is one of the best in the NHL, but still had troubles scoring last season.

On defense, the core is mainly older with Kimmo Timonen and Streit leading the pack. The group also features Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann and Braydon Coburn, who had a rough year last season.

During the 2012-13 season, the Flyers were hit with a ton of injuries that caused the team to use several AHL-defensemen. If the team can stay healthy, they’re bound to make the playoffs.

Steve Mason was brought over from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline and could be the Flyers’ starter. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

But there’s still shortcomings for Philadelphia.

The defense played horrid at times, offering little help to the goalies. Coburn will need to return to his normal playing level to help the ‘D’ out.

And there’s also the question in net. Mason played extremely strong in the last month of the season, but had struggles with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Canes need to exploit the Flyers’ defensive woes to beat the team and not be dazed by Philly’s depth on offense.

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