Previewing the East: Philadelphia
Lecavalier is confident he'll have a bounce-back season with the Flyers
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The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the Philadelphia Flyers:
Coach: Craig Berube
Last Year: 42-30-10, 94 points (sixth in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Flyers: 1-2-0
5-on-5 Goals: 151 (seventh in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 58-for-294, 19.7 percent (fifth in Eastern Conference)
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|IN THE CREASE|
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Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Oct. 25 (at PHI); Nov. 26 (at DET); Mar. 14 (at PHI).
ARRIVALS: Forwards R.J. Umberger, Zack Stortini, Andrew Gordon; and defenseman Nick Schultz.
DEPARTURES: Forwards Scott Hartnell, Steve Downie, Adam Hall, Kris Newbury, Ben Holmstrom; and defenseman Bruno Gervais and Hal Gill.
SEASON SCOPE: The Flyers were near the bottom third in goals-against last season. However, up against the salary cap, the Flyers didn’t have the means to pursue a top-four defenseman in free agency to join Mark Streit and Andrew MacDonald. Their only hope was to make a trade, which they tried to make with the Florida Panthers. However, the Flyers were unable to wrangle the No. 1 overall pick when they were unwilling to surrender forward Wayne Simmonds as part of the deal that would have landed defensive prospect Aaron Ekblad in Philly. The Flyers were unable to move Lecavalier – Ottawa and Nashville were reportedly interested at one time – whose burdensome contract is worth $18 million over the next four seasons.
The Flyers will have a tough first half of the regular season with 23 of their first 39 games being played away from the Wells Fargo Center. In the past two seasons, the Flyers have won just 26 road games in regulation.
|2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS|
|Atlantic Division||Metropolitan Division|
|Buffalo (July 24)||Carolina (Aug. 7)|
|Boston (sep. 11)||Columbus (Aug. 21)|
|Florida (July 29)||New Jersey (Aug. 14)|
|Montreal (Sep. 2)||NY Islanders (July 31)|
|Ottawa (Aug. 12)||NY Rangers (Aug. 28)|
|Tampa Bay (Sep. 4)||Philadelphia (Aug. 26)|
|Toronto (Aug. 5)||Pittsburgh (sep. 9)|
|Washington (Aug. 19)|