"The Flyers get to open the Consol Energy Center, the latest earring on the pig called Pittsburgh tonight, and I fully expect Pens fans to make it sound like the playoffs start in October. The Penguins are a good if not great hockey club. Their downfall last season, when the Habs suprised the Pens, was their defense. Their D is good, and their top 4 is the second best in the East (Flyers blueline is better. period mark.) Goals Against with MA Fluery, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek out there will be hard for any team to overcome."
And here we are.
Even when it was the darkest and it looked like we had nothing to believe in or look forward to, we held onto this dream.
· Lemieux's five goals in five different ways.
Sidney Crosby's first goal.
It's A Great Day For Hockey.
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi - Mike Comrie - Evgeni Malkin
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Max Talbot/Eric Godard
Brooks Orpik - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Paul Martin
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
Arron Asham has been placed on IR.
Kris Letang is "under the weather" and will be a game-time decision.
Daniel Carcillo - Mike Richards - Jeff Carter
Scott Hartnell - Daniel Briere - Ville Leino
Nikolay Zherdev - Claude Giroux - James van Riemsdyk
Jody Shelly - Blair Betts - Darroll Powe
Kimmo Timonen - Matt Carle
Andrej Meszaros - Braydon Coburn
Sean O'Donnell - Oskars Bartulis
Chris Pronger will be a game-time decision, but isn't likely.
For some reason, rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will start for the Flyers instead of Brian Boucher.
Things will be a little different tonight. We'll be in a new arena. There are some new faces in the line-up. The Philadelphia Flyers are the defending Eastern Conference champions. Holding a title that the Penguins held in the previous two seasons will add a little extra swagger to the Flyers' attitude.
And yet some things remain the same. This team we all love will take the ice tonight against a team we all hate. Black and gold versus orange and black.
Hockey's back and we wouldn't have it any other way.