The whispers of the re-worked Flyers lineup have finally been confirmed — forward Dan Carcillo will enter the lineup for James Van Riemsdyk and defenseman Oskars Bartulis will play for Ryan Parent. Michael Leighton will start in goal.
“You battle all year with these guys and you want to be in at this time of year,”Carcillo told the media on Monday. “It was hard sitting out those three games. I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy you’ll probably see released tonight.”
Dreams came true for NHL executives on Sunday when NBC announced that Saturday’s Stanley Cup Finals game 1 between the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks was the most watched opening game of the finals in 11 years.
With just hours to go before the pucks drops on game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, here is a beautifully made fan video to get you even more psyched up than you probably already were.
It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
Chris Pronger is sick of hearing about Dustin Byfuglien.
After a week of being swarmed with questions regarding the 6-foot-4, 270 lbs. Chicago Blackhawk forward, Pronger seems to have simply had it.
“Congratulations,” Pronger said to a media member when confronted with facts about Byfuglien scoring from the slot in the post season.
It’s going to be Winter Classic times two in 2011.
According to a report by TSN, the NHL is expected to announce two Winter Classic games in 2011 starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day and the Calgary Flames versus the Montreal Canadiens in a place to be determined and a time to be determined in February. The official announcement is expected to come on Friday.
One of the fondest memories of Ben Eager’s career came in 2004-05, when he, side-by-side with Flyers Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Riley Cote and now Chicago Blackhawk teammate Patrick Sharp, brought the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup home to Philadelphia.
But now, as members of the Blackhawks ready to face a few of their old comrades in the Stanley Cup finals, both Eager and Sharp will have to put friendships and the past behind him and start preparing for war.