Claude Giroux and the Flyers face Phil Kessel and the Leafs in their season opener on Wednesday night.
It is nearly time to drop the puck on the 2013-14 NHL
season. The Flyers return with plenty of new faces and a familiar core as well.
The Flyers had to battle through a tumultuous preseason that
saw them go 1-5-1. That included a win and loss to the first opponent of the
regular season: the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Flyers lost to the Leafs in the first game of the
preseason, 4-3, before beating them the next night, 4-3, in a shootout for
their only win of the preseason.
Last season saw the Flyers start off at 0-3, the worst
record for the Flyers since. It is imperative for the Flyers to start off on
the right foot.
A host of players return, like the Flyers top line of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub
Voracek. The second line features familiar faces Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn
joined by the free-agent splash of the offseason in Vincent Lecavalier.