2015 Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview
The Philadelphia Flyers took a step backward last season, falling out of the playoffs for only the 3rd time since 1994. The question surrounding the 2015 Philadelphia Flyers season will be if the team is reloaded and ready to string together another playoff run, or if the Flyers are in the middle of a complete team overhaul. The biggest change the Flyers will see in 2015 will be at the coaching position, with Philadelphia bringing highly successful college coach Dave Hakstol to help build a team out of a young roster. Hakstol will have to adjust to a drastically different NHL game, and will rely heavily on longtime Flyers captain Claude Giroux. The biggest new faces on the ice for the Flyers in 2015 will be Sam Gagner, and Yevgeni Medvedev. For Philadelphia to compete this season, they will need to find offensive production from a player not named Giroux or Voracek, and could be facing a 2nd consecutive season outside of the playoffs.
2014 Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview
The first few months of the 2013-2014 season were disastrous for the Flyers. It looked as if the team was going to finish at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and miss the playoffs. But the Flyers rallied in the 2nd half of the season, finished 3rd in the Metropolitan Division and made the playoffs for the 6th time in 7 years. Philadelphia would take the eventual Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Philadelphia Flyers look to continue this plucky attitude and push towards a Metropolitan Division championship, and a berth in the Eastern Conference finals in 2014-15. To achieve these goals, the Flyers will need exceptional play from Captain Claude Giroux. Giroux is one of the most prolific scores in the NHL and if he is hot, the Flyers are hard to beat. Philadelphia lost Scott Hartnell, who was one of the nucleus of the team a year ago, to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but added Michael Del Zotto, who could turn into a difference maker for the team. In a tough Metropolitan Division, the Flyers are real contenders to finish in one of the top three spots, and make another appearance in the NHL Playoffs.
2013 Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview
There were some big arrivals this offseason for the Philadelphia Flyers, and fans are hoping they’re the missing pieces to finally get over that hump and into the Stanley Cup Finals once again. Vincent Lecavalier was had a five-year deal and will command Philly’s second line at the center spot. Mark Streit was traded for a week before he hit free agency, so you know the Flyers thought he was absolutely necessary for this year’s squad. While Danny Briere is now a thing of the past, the Flyers look like they’ve retooled and are ready for the 2013-14 season. The Flyers will host a slew of big games this winter at the Wells Fargo Center, including a Dec. 12 match up against the Montreal Canadiens and a game against the Capitals five days later. The Bruins and Red Wings will be in Philly for back-to-back games beginning on Jan. 25
2010 Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview
Although the Philadelphia Flyers sneaked into the playoffs on the last day of the season last year, they managed to get hot at the right time and found themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals. Philadelphia returns a lot of talent this year and fans can expect another title run. Offensively, Philadelphia does not have one player to base their attack around, but they have plenty of viable scoring threats. The team's leading scorer from last year, Mike Richards, is returning and will be joined by Danny Briere and Jeff Carter on the attack. Additionally, Scott Hartnell and Daniel Carcillo will provide stability on the wings in the second and third line. On defense, the Flyers should be solid as well. The back line will be anchored by veteran Chris Pronger, who is coming off of a year where he amassed a team-leading 45 assists. However, Pronger is not the only stalwart defensemen on the roster, as he will be joined by Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle. The team's only question mark may be in goal as Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher, who split time last season, are sometimes unreliable.
2009 Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview
Philadelphia Flyers fans should be looking forward to the 2009-2010 hockey season because their team once again looks like one of the best teams in the East. The Flyers are led by stars Chris Pronger and Mike Richards, which should help push Philly to a playoff berth in the Spring of 2010. Now the Flyers just have to figure out how to get past their in-state rivals and current NHL Champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins.