Thursday, January 8, 2009

Game #41 Preview: Wild @ Flyers 1/8/09


Home sweet home. And halfway home. Whichever aspect of this homecoming you think is more important for the Flyers, there's one thing that's for certain: this is a big game.

After going 2-2-2 on an absurdly injurious road trip, the Flyers return home to the Wachovia Center to face a hot team in ugly jerseys, the Minnesota Wild.

Why The Flyers Will Win:

  • The Flyers played extremely solid hockey, especially defensively, in their last game against the Washington Capitals. A lot of that momentum should carry over.
  • In their four losses during the road trip, the Flyers scored a combined three goals. That has to come to an end soon, right?
  • Fans who haven't seen the team since last year are sure to be loud, and pumped up by the newly close division standings.
  • Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, and Simon Gagne are sure to play well to show the All-Star roster makers how much they got wrong. Jeff Carter, conversely, should play well to validate his roster spot.
  • Flyers are 4-1-0 all-time against the Wild in Philadelphia.
  • Marion Gaborik, one of about three Wild players I could name,

Why The Wild Will Win

  • Nicklas Backstrom (the Capital) scored the lone goal for Washington on Tuesday, and the other Nicklas Backstrom (the Minnesota goalie) has two consecutive shutouts. Any deja vu would be bad.
  • Flyers haven't seen each other in anything but white for a while--there could be some confused turnovers because of that

Predicition: Flyers win by at least three.

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