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Giroux remains confident Flyers will make playoffs

Oct 23, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have won just one of their first eight games, they’ve already got their coach fired, and haven’t scored more than two goals in a game this season. But that’s not enough to make captain Claude Giroux lose his confidence in this team.

“We never thought about not making the playoffs,” Giroux said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “We’ve got to go game by game and we will make the playoffs.”

With the Flyers already eight points out of a postseason spot, they can’t afford to dig too much deeper of a hole for themselves. Given that their offense has been a key problem, it’s not surprising that Flyers bench boss Craig Berube has decided to get creative.

Vinny Lecavalier missed three straight games with a lower-body injury, but he’s resumed practicing with Philadelphia and seems to be on course to play Thursday. When he comes back, it looks like Lecavalier will move from center to the right wing so that he can join Giroux on the Flyers’ first line. Michael Raffl, 24, has also been bumped up so that he can play with the two stars.

Raffl was a dominant player in Sweden, but he only has three games worth of NHL experience.

“(Raffl is) skilled, he’s big (6-foot) and he moves,” Berube told CSN Philly. “He looked comfortable out there. The size and skill is what intrigues you. He seems like a confident kid to me which I like.”

Perhaps that trio will spark the Flyers’ offense. At this point, it certainly can’t hurt to try as they can’t make the playoffs on the strength of Giroux’s assertions alone.

  1. hockey412 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I haven’t seen them play too much outside of the Pens game, and I think they played good enough to win that one. It does seem like Giroux is trying way too hard to do it himself. Not sure he has a choice in that, but we’ll see if they can turn in around. Tied for last in goals for, and moving to a more defensive system, can either help or break them.

    • bigrboland - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Wha wha what??? You must not have been watching the same game I was. The Pens dominated the Flyers. Period. They got a lucky goal at the end of the second and part of the third the Flyers looked like they were trying to hang with them, but the rest of the game was like men vs. boys.

      • hockey412 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        The Pens dominated the Avs too – and lost by a goal. I do think the Pens played better than the Flyers, but not good enough to say there was no question as to who was going to win it (it was 2-1 until late in the third). The Flyers got robbed by Fleury on at least 3 occasions. They needed more shots on goal in the first two periods, but did manage to pull off 12 in the third, when the score was 2-1…while that’s not “good”, it’s definitely good enough to win.

  2. bcsteele - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Blues fan,

    I’m sorry Flyers fans. I just don’t see it (and I actually pull for y’all in the east). The one problem you don’t appear to have this time (for now anyway) is your goaltending. Everyone else, though, is all over the place and performing severely under expectations. You can’t think playoffs if you can’t even string together some solid play that result in wins. Much less A win at this point…

  3. mcphillthy - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    It’s been an ugly season so far but it’ll come together. New faces, a new coach, and poor cobditioning are some of the many reasons we suck balls right now. But I agree with Roo that it’s going to come together. We will be set and ready to go in a couple more weeks. Go flyers!

  4. thailer35 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    • ibieiniid - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      if I came to this comment section and DIDN’T see this video in the prime opportunity to use it, i’d lose faith in all PHT commenters. well done.

  5. xdj511 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    I can’t troll the Flyers here. I’m a Rangers fan and I think they’ll still make the playoffs this season once they get used to AV’s coaching, get healthy, get off this road trip, and get a good head of steam going.

    • mcphillthy - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      My buddy is a rangers fan too and our motto for Thursday’s game is… Someone has to win. Lol. It’s kinda sad, huh? Both of our teams are too talented to have the records we have.

      • xdj511 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        Rangers came off of a solid win against the Caps and played the Devils last Saturday, and looked like crap. You just don’t know what to expect from them right now. It’s going to depend on which team actually shows up tomorrow night.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    This made me laugh out loud!

    • ibieiniid - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      how about when they were just about last place at Christmas the year they went to the finals?

      • withseidelinn - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Not really relevant since that was 3 years ago.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        well his comment wasn’t really relevant since we’re 8 games into the season…

      • President Charles Logan - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        that team had 3 times as much character and talent then the one ya’ll got now has.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        but at the time, you were probably talking some Richards/Carter partying sh**… not telling us how much talent and character they had. retrospectttttttt.

    • macgrubie - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Even in the 5 years pittsburgh has been into hockey more unlikely things have happened. It’s definitely a tough start but my no means should make you laugh out loud, buddy.

  7. dutchman1350 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    What did you think he was going to say? The Flyers have to play at a 100 point pace the rest of the way to be in the hunt.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      lol with 70+ games left, that’s not that big of a deal. do I think they do it? idk.

  8. withseidelinn - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    They are currently earning 12.5% of all possible points to be gained. There has to be an extremely drastic change in their play to get it up to 65-70% at least.

  9. joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Better show them the way Claude. Didn’t the Flyers say they would make the playoffs when there were 21 games left to play last year?

  10. pj608 - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    He gets paid to think that.

  11. zilla2108 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Well they better start winning games soon. Im getting sick of this crap. They finally get good goaltending and now everything else sucks!!! Wake up guys start playing FLYERS hockey!!!!!!

  12. pjdigler - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Flyers hockey???? You do realize they have not won in over 30 years. maybe if they were not trying to reincarnate those teams with bigger cheers for fights instead of goals you might be o.k. #1975

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