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Can Vinny get Giroux going?

Oct 24, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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Vincent Lecavalier was sounding pretty happy about getting to play with Claude Giroux tonight when the goal-starved Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers.

“I love it,” Lecavalier said, per CSN Philly. “[Giroux’s] a great player, a great passer. Very, very smart, quick little plays. Kind of easy to play with. It’s been going really good in practices. I’ve always played against him and he was a great player, but to be with him, you look at the way he thinks out there, he’s a very special player.”

Normally a center, Lecavalier will be on the right wing against the Rangers (his first game after missing three with a lower-body injury), while Giroux is in the middle, with Michael Raffl on the left side.

Flyers head coach Craig Berube is hopeful Lecavalier can stir Giroux, who has just three assists in eight games.

“I just think Claude, he’ll be very excited to play with a guy of Vinny’s caliber and experience that he’s had over the years, Stanley Cup champion and all those things,” Berube said. “Vinny’s a great goal-scorer, shoots the puck real well. We all know how Claude can pass the puck. So it could be a good combination.”

The Flyers (1-7-0) have scored just 11 goals in eight games.

The Rangers, meanwhile, have the worst goals-against average (4.14) in the NHL, and will have a rookie making his NHL debut in goal tonight.

Related: Giroux remains confident Flyers will make playoffs

  1. yougotgirouxed - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The Flyers are not a perfect team. Far from it. They are about as bad as underachievers get.

    But sometimes a underachieving but talented team needs a few layups to get going. I’m feeling a win tonight. Not a guarantee. But sometimes beating a bad team helps get the juices flowing and the puck in the net. Really goes for all sports.

    • xflyersx - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Worse start this year than last year, I worry that this season is already lost.

  2. DonkeyStick - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    You used almost as many periods in your short comment than the Flyers have scored goals all year.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Holy crap: the period police!

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I’m concerned that G is feeling the heat of being the captain. He seems to be playing tense. It’s going to be a long season.

    • joey4id - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Yep! He certainly is feeling the crunch. And to think he was being comparesd to Crosby last year. A little pressure and he’s crumbling. He’s making 5mil this year and will be making 10mil next year. Yikes.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    …oh the flyers play tonight? …oh yeah right…yawn…two bad teams going at it…I’d rather see the Ragdolls win instead

  5. c1md6 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I’m sure you would, but at least we don’t have to worry about our fan base going bankrupt, we don’t need fraud fans

  6. curioustraveler13 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    You already have a fraud captain, and a fraud team.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    @c1md6 One can only assume that your also related to that moron BroadStreetWimpDowm88

  8. jimeejohnson - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Let them eat cheesesteak!

  9. mcphillthy - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    It’s the curse of the ‘C’ again

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