Written By: JCol32
Championships: 2 (1973-74, 1974-75)
2013 Prediction: Miss Playoffs
The Philadelphia Flyers were part of the notable 1967 NHL Expansion and after winning the Stanley Cup in 1973-74, they became the first expansion team in the post-Original Six era to take home the Cup.
The Playoffs will enter the 2013 shortened season with questions after losing Matt Carle in the offseason. Also, Chris Pronger does not look like he will be returning anytime soon and Ilya Bryzgalov was not consistent in his first year in the city of brotherly love. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell will have to duplicate their 2012 seasons in 2013 if the Flyers will want to get anywhere close to the 2nd round of the playoffs like last season.
How to Play as the Flyers:
With the Flyers balanced attack, try to alternate between their top two lines and you will surely have success. Try to find Claude Giroux. He’s your captain and best player. Look to gain energy from hitting as Philadelphia is one of the best hitting teams in the league. Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds will crowd the front of the net so look for rebounds. Ilya Bryzgalov is inconsistent so be careful how many chances you give the opposition.
In 1981, the Flyers became the first NHL team to wear Cooperalls, which are hockey pants that extend from the waist to the ankles, however, they were compelled to return to traditional hockey pants in 1983.