Date: Wednesday October 2, 2013
Puck Drop: 7:00pm
TV Channel: TSN, NHLN-US
The Toronto Maple Leafs head into Philadelphia to be the guests of honour in the home opener for the second time in two nights on Wednesday. Coming off of a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the Leafs are hoping to keep the good times rolling as they head into the city of brotherly love.
This is the first of three meetings between the teams this season, although it is their last meeting until March 8th when the Flyers head up to the Air Canada Centre.
Wednesday will be the home debut for the Flyers prized offseason acquisitions Vincent Lecavalier and Mark Streit, whom of course were able to be brought in following the buy out of goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Looking to fill the void in net for the Flyers are Steve Mason, acquired from Columbus midway through last season, and Ray Emery, who was signed as a free agent following a season that saw him go 19-1 with a 1.97 GAA for the Chicago Blackhawks. It remains to be seen who will get the start in the opener for Philadelphia. (Side note: I give an over/under of 3 games until Ray Ray surpasses his loss total from last season).
Johnathan Bernier will be making his regular season Maple Leafs debut, as he will attempt to follow-up James Reimer‘s solid performance in Montreal last night with a solid outing of his own as the two square off in battle over the Leafs number 1 goaltender position.
Two games in two nights after 140+ days of agony waiting for the next Leafs game is just pure bliss. HOCKEY IS BACK!