Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Sunday, November 07, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

Philadelphia Flyers (9-4-1-14, 1st AE) v.
Washington Capitals (9-4-0-14, 1st SE)
5:00 pm  Verizon Center, Washington DC

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals are evenly matched on paper and add in the long-time rivarly, Sunday early evening should prove to be a great game in America's Hockey Capital.

After Saturday morning practice, Eric Fehr said, "It's one of our biggest rivalries for sure and both teams are pretty hot right now so its looking like its going to be an intense game."

Flyers center Danny Briere is eligible to be back on the ice on Sunday after serving a three game suspension by the NHL for a hit he made on the Islanders' Frans Nielsen last Saturday's game.

"It's tough to match their physical play so we have to do what we do best, that's all," stated Coach Bruce Boudreau.

Washington's defense was strong on Friday and will need to repeat that performance, however, extend to a full sixty minutes.  Tyler Sloan added, "Having Mike in the lineup obviously exudes confidence in all of us."

It is expected that Michal Neuvirth will be in the net for the Caps. 

Tonight's matchup, the first of four with the Flyers, should be an exciting. 

Center Marcus Johansson was assigned to Hershey and will playing in Charlotte on Sunday.



PHI:  RW Claude Giroux (7-7-14, +2), LW Ville Leino (2-9-11, +5), G Sergi Bobrovsky (7-2-0, 2.23, 234, .921)
WAS:   LW Alex Ovechkin (8-9-17, +2), Alexander Semin (6-5-11, +5), G Michal Neuvirth (8-3-3, 2.41, 287, .914)


PHI:  D Matt Walker (Hip), RW Ian Laperrier (Concussion), C Michael Leighton (Lower back strain)
WAS:  D Tom Poti (LBI-OUT), C Marcus Johansson (hip-QUE), G Semyon Varlamov (groin-QUE)


PHI: GF/G: 3.07 (3rd); GA/G: 2.21 (23rd); PP: 18.5% (11th); PK: 87.3% (7th)
WAS:  GF/G: 3.31 (4th); GA/G: 2.46 (19th); PP: 18.4% (12th); PK: 86.2% (10th)

**Quotes in this story were pulled from various sources, including and AP