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IT'S TIME

Five months of preparation out of the way, the Flyers are set to begin the regular season

Sunday, 09.29.2013 / 2:15 PM / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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IT\'S TIME
PHILADELPHIA \u2013 It seems like it\u2019s been forever that the hockey conversation in these parts have been all about drafts, and free agency, and prospect development, and battles for jobs, and blah, blah, blah.\r\n\r\nYes, it\u2019s been a lot of talk. Five months worth to be exact. When it comes to the Flyers, a five-month break from real hockey is an eternity.\r\n\r\nBut that\u2019s all done.

PHILADELPHIA – It seems like it’s been forever that the hockey conversation in these parts have been all about drafts, and free agency, and prospect development, and battles for jobs, and blah, blah, blah.

Yes, it’s been a lot of talk. Five months worth to be exact. When it comes to the Flyers, a five-month break from real hockey is an eternity.

But that’s all done. The draft went well, free agency was a success, the prospect cupboard, once deemed bare, is now replenishing nicely and the roster positions up for grabs have seemingly been settled.

And now, it’s time for hockey to count again.

“It was a long summer with a lot of time to think about what went wrong last season,” said captain Claude Giroux. “But now we have everyone here with a different attitude, and I think everyone s pretty excited to get going.”

Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell feel the Flyers are ready for an exciting and entertaining 2013-14 season.

T-minus three days til the nine-month journey in pursuit of Lord Stanley’s Cup begins.

For the Flyers, that path begins here at home Wednesday on Opening Night presented by Kia Motors, when they welcome the upstart Toronto Maple Leafs to the Wells Fargo Center for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

It’ll be the first of 82 games in a realigned conference and division for the Flyers, and it promises to be one of those can’t miss contests as the goal for the team is to get off to a fast start, something that doomed the team a season ago.

And although the season opened at home last year as well in a close loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, that didn’t feel like much of an opener because it seemed so harried and compressed after a long work stoppage.

This time, the actual anticipation and build up for the start of a new campaign has had plenty of time to percolate and reach a boiling point. With that said, the temperature inside the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday expects to be a fever pitch.

“We love playing in front of our fans because they are the best, hands down,” said Scott Hartnell. “I expect the atmosphere to be unreal… It’s more exciting too because we have some great new faces and you can look around the locker room and just see it in everyone’s eyes and in the way we’ve been practicing that it’s going to be a great year for us.”

And if Hartnell’s right, it’s going to be a great year for the fans as well, and it will all start with the festivities Wednesday when fans will get not one, but two giveaways.

On the way in they’ll gat a Flyers car flag, presented by Kia Motors, and on the way out of the building, they’ll receive a schedule magnet courtesy of Toyota.

The CURE Club will open at 5 p.m. for a pre-game party with plenty of food and drink options while Fan Zone and the 47 Brand Stores pull back the gates at 5:30 p.m. as fans get a first crack at all the brand new merchandise.

Doors to the arena will open at 6 p.m. and fans are encouraged to visit the CURE Club at 6:30 for the Pre-game Live broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

Finally, all fans should be in their seats by 7:30 p.m. for a special pre-game player introduction and a video montage.

“It’s always fun to start at home,” Giroux said. “To be here and get the ball rolling against Toronto is going to be fun because I think the season is going to be a good one.”

To Contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonySan37

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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