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Flyers seek 'swagger' at home; Bobby Ryan returns

Captain Claude Giroux says the Flyers aren’t looking at the big playoff picture. They are four points out of third place in the Patriot Division with a game in hand.

Flyers seek 'swagger' at home; Bobby Ryan returns

Captain Claude Giroux says the Flyers aren’t looking at the big playoff picture. They are four points out of third place in the Patriot Division with a game in hand.

“We’re just trying to look at every game and see what we’re doing right, see what we’re doing wrong and fix it,” he said after Tuesday’s morning skate at the Wells Fargo Center.

What the Flyers have to fix is their listless play at home. They are 3-7 at the WFC, where they face Ottawa on Tuesday night.

"It’s really important for teams to play good at home, and obviously that hasn’t been the case here this year,” Giroux said. “It’s going to be a pretty good crowd tonight, and we’ll need to get them going as soon as possible.”

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“We have to make this a hard building” for opponents, winger Scott Hartnell said.

The boos have been loud especially after a mostly futile power play has ended. The Flyers have connected on just 3 of 41 power-play chances at home (7.3 percent, 29th in NHL), and 10 of 72 on the road (13.9 percent, 24th).

“They deserve to boo us,” Hartnell said. “They pay a lot of money to watch us play; it’s frustrating for them to watch us play the way we did. It’s on us to turn it around and get back to Flyers hockey, a rough and tough style….We’ve got to get that winning swagger back in this building.”

The Flyers are coming home after a 2-0-1 road trip through Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.

“It gave us confidence to come in here,” Hartnell said.

“To get those points and climb back in the standings I think was important for us,” Giroux said. “We played as a team and we played as a system. I think we got everybody on the same page.”

Ryan’s return. Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan, who grew up in Cherry Hill, will be playing at the WFC Tuesday for just the third time in his career _ and first time since 2010, when Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger “knocked two of my teeth out, so it was a fun night,” he said. “And then I had to go see him and say hello to him after the game, and that was even harder

“It was an expensive night for me,” Ryan cracked.

Ryan said he will have 40 to 50 relatives and friends at the game, including his dad and mom. Ryan had dinner with his parents Monday and a “chance to catch up.”

“When you can have family and friends in the stands, obviously it means a little more to you,” he said. “I don’t spend much time here anymore _ a couple of weeks in the summer is about it. But it’s still home; it’s where I grew up, so it’s nice….A big homecoming.”

Neilson tribute. The Florida Panthers will name the press box in honor of the late Roger Neilson during a ceremony Monday afternoon. The Flyers play there that night.

In 1993, Neilson was the Panthers' first coach, and he later coached the Flyers from 1998 to 2000.

Breakaways. Goalie Steve Mason, who is 5-7-2 with a 2.13 GAA and .931 save percentage, will oppose Ottawa’s Robin Lehner (3-2-2, 2.13, .945)….Lehner said last week that a suspension would have been justified after the Flyers’ Ray Emery left his net to start a fight with Washington goalie Braden Holtby. A feud started on Twitter as Emery’s girlfriend, pop singer Keshia Chante, tweeted that Lehner was “an idiot” for saying what he did, though she later apologized.

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