I'm a philly fun through and through, but I've always liked Rick Nash. Hockey is the only sport where I can like players who aren't on one of my philly teams. Have a soft spot for Todd Marchant too.
don't worry about it... i have a bit of a mancrush on mikko koivu.
as far as the game goes, i'd like to see philly not let an inferior team come out and lose (cuz teams don't just roll over for you if you're projected as a contender). they need to go out like they did against the leafs and actually score a few goals.
Umbergerler! Still miss that guy. Here's to hoping the Flyers keep going from that game on Saturday, and get another win. Hoping for big games from Richie again, Giroux and JVR. Need moar fantasy stats.
I usually pop over to the opposition thread to post our lines, but you're way ahead of me. Very well done GDT.
The CBJ have been a bit of an enigma so far this season. 3-0 on the road, 3-0 on the back end of back-to-backs, 0-3 on Fridays, 2 horrible blowouts at home (versus Chicago opening night & last Friday versus Calgary).
I don't know which team is going to show up. The one that looks like crap (and doesn't appear to care) or the one that came back after being down 2-0 in Chicago on Saturday.
We shall see.
For the record - Umberger has been VERY good this season (easily top 3 on the team if not #1)
I thought Meszaros had one of his best games. I don't see how he can continue to stay on the 3rd pairing. The Coburn-Timonen pairing is just fine but Carle could certainly move to the 3rd. O'Donnell has looked fine - much better than Parent ever did but how much of that is due to his partner. Meszaros sure can skate for a guy his size. I've heard he has a big shot but have yet to see it.
COLUMBUS - Since arriving last December, Peter Laviolette has clamored for accountability, effort, discipline - and, most of all, consistency.
Darroll Powe may just be his model hockey player.
Powe, one of the Flyers' most noticeable players through the first seven games, was rewarded with a game on the first line on Saturday night. Laviolette bumped Powe - usually reserved for the checking line - up to play with Mike Richards and Claude Giroux.
The line clicked. Richards posted his first goal of the season and picked up two assists, pacing the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over Toronto, one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. But Powe was the man behind the scenes.
Powe, 25, is a rarity in today's NHL. And it's not his Ivy League degree in sociology from Princeton that sets him apart.
Powe is undersized (at 5-11) for a grind-line winger. He was undrafted out of college. But he caught the eye of former Flyers coach John Stevens, who helped mold him into the role he fills today.
Sometimes when a coach like Stevens is fired, players like Powe lose their jobs, too.
Instead, Laviolette has found him to be an integral cog among the Flyers' working parts. Powe has carved out a nice living for himself with the Flyers.