There’s no better time to be rooting for the Philadelphia Flyers than now.
The Flyers have the best record in the Eastern Conference, but a late surge in goals and the fact that they have a team that can score from anywhere, will make it hard for anyone to win.
Here’s how to root for the Flyers.
Ahead of the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center on Wednesday, let’s take a look at the players who will be on the ice.
Matt Murray (D): Murray is expected to play a big role for the club this season, as he is a key part of the Flyers’ power play.
He has scored at least a point in seven of the last eight games, with his first two goals coming on the power play against the New Jersey Devils.
Jonathan Drouin (D, G): The Flyers are hoping that Drouins emergence from his ACL tear will help him in the defensive zone and provide a spark in the offensive zone.
His ice time in the first two games of the season was limited due to injuries to both Nicklas Grossmann and Nicklas Backstrom.
Kris Letang (D) and Nick Schultz (G, F): Letang and Schultz have been the two best defensemen in the NHL for the past few years, and they’ll look to have another solid season in 2018-19.
Ryan White (D), Ryan White (F): The Philadelphia Flyers have had a great run of success in their early years.
They’ve won four straight and two of the past three Stanley Cup Finals.
Claude Giroux (D-C): The Philadelphia Flyers might be one of the best teams in the league right now, but the Flyers will be missing their two best players for the first time in a long time.
Antti Raanta (D/F): Raanta has been on fire in his first season in Philadelphia and is looking to be a bigger part of that success.
The Flyers may have to wait for a new contract for him to be back.
Nathan MacKinnon (D)- MacKinnon has been playing a lot of minutes and has been one of their most consistent players for years.
He had a career year in 2018, posting 21 goals and 37 assists for 57 points.
Connor Brown (F) and Ryan Carter (F)- Carter has been a rock for the team, but Brown and Carter will both be hoping to have a bigger season this season.
Kevin Connauton (F), Michael Raffl (F-D), and Ben Lovejoy (F)*- Connauton is one of those players who could be getting the start for the big club this year.
Connauto was the leading scorer for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018 and is coming off a big season in Ottawa where he had 20 goals and 40 assists for 58 points.
Carter has been the best player on the team for years and the Flyers have been lucky to have him for the last few years.
Andrej Sekera (F)/Chris VandeVelde (D)/Miro Heiskanen (F, F) and Travis Sanheim (F/D)*- Sanheim and Heiskinen will be the top pairing on the Flyers and should have a huge impact this season for the organization.
Michael Raffi (F)(D)-Raffi was a healthy scratch for a lot longer than he was expected to, and he’ll need to prove he can still play at the level he did for the Maple Leafs.
The team is hoping he can play a larger role and get better every game.
Travis Konecny (F)– Konecnys production this season has been absolutely insane, as well as the teams record.
The veteran winger has four goals and six assists for 12 points in 21 games.
He’ll be looking to add more goals and points for the defense in the near future.
Nick Schultz (D)(F)– Schultz is coming into his own in the Philadelphia market and is going to be in the top three for scoring and points this season in the AHL.
Dylan Larkin (D)– Larkin is one-upping himself this season with his goals and assists.
The 6-foot-3 defenseman is averaging 19:33 of ice time per game this season and has led the Flyers in scoring the past two seasons.
Erik Gustafsson (D)*-Gustafsson is coming in to his own as the Flyers top defenseman, and that means a bigger role this season from the big Swedish winger.
Gustafs is averaging 14:06 of ice ice time a game this year and has a career-high of 20 goals for 34 points.
He will look to continue that form for the rest of