What to Watch For: Tonight

After tonight’s preseason game against Detroit – their first at the Wachovia Center – the Flyers will be more than halfway through their preseason schedule.

That means we are just 10 days away from puck being dropped on the regular season.

Until then, here is what you can watch for tonight when you tune in on The Comcast Network at 7:00 p.m.:

  • How does Ray Emery perform in his first full length game?
  • Will Mika Pyorala stand out or blend in? He has looked excellent in practice and good in his first preseason game but didn’t stand out in his last look.
  • What does Blair Betts add to the penalty kill? Where does this unit (Betts, Ian Laperriere, Chris Pronger and Braydon Coburn) stack up amongst others in the league. Has Betts solidified a spot on the team?
  • Will this be Jason Ward’s one and only opportunity with the Flyers? Flyers coach John Stevens said he has been impressed but wants to see more.
  • How will Simon Gagne’s groin and hip hold up tonight?
  • Is James van Riemsdyk ready for the show?
  • Will Pat Maroon make a splash in his first preseason game and challenge for a spot?
  • Why is David Laliberte still in Flyers camp? What does he bring to the table?
  • How will Lukas Kaspar perform? We haven't seen him yet in a game. What did the Flyers see in him when they signed him this summer?
  • How would you handle your defensive rotation? Who would you pair together and who would you make a healthy scratch or send down to the Phantoms? Should Danny Syvret make this team?

Notes: Krys Kolanos, Jared Ross, Joey Mormina and Sean Curry officially cleared waivers today and we loaned to Adirondack. This comes as no surprise as all were assigned yesterday. We just know today that no teams made a claim for them.

Check back after the game for some observations you won’t find in tomorrow’s paper.