Saturday, December 27, 2008

Game #36 Preview: Flyers @ Blue Jackets 12/27/08

Rough scheduling for what would otherwise be a slam dunk game.

Why The Flyers Will Win:
  • The Flyers have never lost to Columbus. Ever.
  • Niittymaki will get the start, and he's been money lately. He really shoulda started last night and Biron tonight, but I digress...

That's all I got, sadly. Circumstances are really not ideal for tonight...

Why The Flyers Will Lose:

  • Injuries abound. Briere, Upshall, now Timonen and Hartnell. Flyers can win without those guys, but losing so many so quickly has to be draining.
  • Back-to-back road games suck. Chicago and Columbus aren't that near each other, and weather in the midwest has been awful, undoubtedly screwing with travel some more.
  • Hell hath no fury like an Umberger scorned. I have to imagine he's still pissed about being traded for draft picks after the playoffs he had. And Philadelphia to Columbus is a massive downgrade in every way imagineable, except now he's closer to that garbage alma mater of his.

Not optimistic, but hopefully the Flyers can win this one on brand name alone. It's still Columbus.

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