By Harry Allison
The Flyers are feeling their oats after starting the season 2-1 in California with a game in Nashville tomorrow night before returning home.
“I think we’ve got to give a lot of credit to the guys. All summer everybody worked hard and showed up at camp in great shape,” captain Claude Giroux told CourierPost online. “All the testing and all that stuff, I know it doesn’t mean much, but for us it’s promising when you see guys committing and the dedication that they have in the summer. Camp was pretty intense and competitive. It was the kind of camp we wanted.”
This is their longest time away from home all season.
The Flyers were 14-22-5 away from Wells Fargo Center last year.
“It’s tough playing out West. They’re all big bodies,” Wayne Simmonds, who leads the Flyers with four goals, said after clinching a 3-2 overtime win in Anaheim. “We played in L.A. the other night and they were blocking everything. These guys were blocking a lot of shots. For us, we just wanted to use our speed and keep skating and skating and skating. We came up with two points so we accomplished our goal.”
Last season the Flyers went 6-7-2 in their first 15 games and missed the playoffs. The year before they limped out to a 4-6-3 start and snuck into the playoffs. They had one win in their first six games to begin the 2014-15 season.
“I think we played three good games,” Ivan Provorov said. “The one in L.A. we played good, just couldn’t put the puck in the net. Here the boys battled hard. We stuck with it and played a good 60 minutes, a good, whatever, 60 and a half minutes and deserved this win.”
“I think the first three games we’ve rolled four lines pretty consistently,” Simmonds added. “With all the guys that we have on this team that can skate and the skill that we’ve added this year, that helps us. It keeps us fresh for the third period and allows us to push and push and push.”