Regular Season Game 2: Panthers @ Flyers

So, I got to this a little late because I had a ton of print responsibilities to attend to.  The first of which was writing this story on how the Florida Panthers are a team on the rise…and not just because they finished dead last in the NHL with 36 points last year.  You should go read that.  Plenty of quotes from Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Scott Gomez and Kevin Dineen inside.  Chatted with Ryan Whitney for it as well.

This is my first regular season Flyers game of the year after a handful last season — big thanks to Brian Smith of Philly PR for putting up with me — and hey, would you look at that, it’s Craig Berube’s first game as head coach as well.  Peter Laviolette, who was somewhat surprisingly unpleasant to deal with from a media standpoint, at least in my dealings with him, is now looking for work.  Dineen had little to say about the firing before today’s game, throwing out the standard “any time somebody loses their job, that’s an unfortunate thing” line.

Typically, the Flyers skate in Voorhees and the visiting team skates at the Wells Fargo Center.  So, no Flyers stuff until after the game.  But the beat crew — namely Frank Seravalli since I saw his name first when I looked into it — has Steve Mason in net and Erik Gustafsson, Hal Gill and Kris Newbury as the scratches tonight.  Joey Crabb, Krys Barch and Matt Gilroy are the scratches for the Panthers tonight, and Tim Thomas should start between the pipes.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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