The Flyers (1-5), who have equaled the worst six-game start in franchise history, and Vancouver Canucks will try to end two-game losing streaks when they meet Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Both teams are still learning systems being installed by their new coaches, the Flyers’ Craig Berube and Vancouver’s John Tortorella.
The Canucks (3-3) have two former Flyers - defenseman Andrew Alberts and winger Tom Sestito - on their roster.
Alberts didn’t seem fazed by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren’s flurry of off-season moves - he added Vinny Lecavalier, Mark Streit and Ray Emery - or by the recent firing of coach Peter Laviolette.
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“They will always do something crazy and make something happen — that’s just the way the owner (Ed Snider) and the GM are,” he told The Province. “They’re passionate and the owner is in the locker-room after every game and he just wants to win.”
The Flyers have just two points, matching the lowest six-game total in history. They also had two points at this stage in 1999-2000 and went to the conference finals that season.
Sestito expects a physical game.
“They like to play tough in this building, and it will probably be a rough game,” he told the British Columbia newspaper. “It’s never really rebuilding stages in Philly; they want to win now. I loved playing here and I didn’t make many plays, but they love their fighters here and Berube was tough when he played, so they’ll have that mentality.”
Vancouver is starting a seven-game road trip.
Both teams are among the NHL’s worst on the power play. The Flyers have sbeen successful 7.4 percent, and the Canucks have clicked at 10.5 percent. Vancouver is third on the PK (90.5 percent), while the Flyers are 18th (78.8 percent).
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen thinks preseason injuries to Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek have thrown the PP out of sync. Both are healthy now, but Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier are injured and missing from the unit.
Quotable. Berube was asked how he can get his team to avoid dumb penalties: "Don't watch me play," he cracked.
Added Berube: “It’s just discipline, a change of a mindset. The Flyers have a reputation - we all know that - and it’s got to change. It’s 2013, you can’t keep going to the penalty box and doing stupid things out there. A lot of it - the hooking, the holding, for me, is unacceptable. Your feet have to move. You can’t be hooking or holding or they’re going to call it. Any stick that goes in the midsection or anywhere near there, they’re going to give you a penalty.”
Breakaways. Steve Mason (2.02 GAA, .935 save percentage) and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo (2.99, .898) are the likely goalies…..Mike Santorelli tops Vancouver with four goals, which is half the total of the entire Flyers team….Henrik and Daniel Sedin have seven points each to lead Vancouver. Brayden Scehnn paces the Flyers with four points.
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