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Previewing the East: Philadelphia

Lecavalier is confident he'll have a bounce-back season with the Flyers

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: Philadelphia
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

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:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Coach: Craig Berube

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
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)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Claude Giroux C 26 3 82 28 58 86 3 2 4 6
Jakub Voracek RW 25 38 82 23 39 62 3 0 2 2
Wayne Simmonds RW 26 47 82 29 31 60 3 0 1 1
Scott Hartnell LW 33 78 78 20 32 52 2 3 3 6
Mark Streit D 36 120 82 10 34 44 3 0 3 3
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Steve Mason 26 9 61 33 18 7 2.50 .917
vs. Red Wings
2 2 0 0 1.50 .956






2014-15 OUTLOOK

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.

Lecavalier
PLAYER TO WATCH: While Vincent Lecavalier’s statistics have steadily diminished  over the past four seasons, he says he’s confident that he can bounce back from an abysmal first year in Philadelphia after he had his enormous contact bought out by Tampa Bay last summer. The 34-year-old had some challenges, including injuries and adjusting to playing left wing, but he was more productive when he went back to center, a position he has played exclusively in 15-NHL seasons. Still, he reached the 20-goal plateau, something he has done in each of the past 13 full seasons.

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)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89