FINALLY, this is the matchup everyone's been waiting for.
Travis Hughes of SB Nation's Broad Street Hockey was kind enough to answer a few questions about this year's Flyers. Here's how it went.
Jeff Chapman: Both the Oilers and Flyers are having somewhat, uh, less than spectacular beginnings to their 2013-14 campaigns. There are several contributing factors as to why the Oilers are having a tough time, but if you could pick one for Philadelphia, what is it?
Travis Hughes: Well, the pucks aren't going in the net. That's a good start. But the cause of that could be any number of things, from purely bad shooting luck to a flaw in the system that's causing fewer chances. I think that they've just been sloppy all over the ice -- in the transition game, in their passing, in their shot selection -- and it's leading to fewer chances and fewer goals. To simplify it to a sentence, they're trying to hard and need to start playing stress-free, simple hockey.
JC: Claude Giroux (0-7-7 in 15 games played) doesn't have a goal yet? What? How is this a thing?
JC: A quick glance at the numbers would suggest that Steve Mason and Ray Emery just aren't getting it done out there, but Mason's SV% is actually rather good at .925. If he continues to hold that number, that's quite a bit better than his rookie campaign that helped put him on the map in Columbus. Is he an option for the future?
JC: Who's been the biggest surprise so far this year? Biggest disappointment?
JC: Craig Berube was brought in shortly into the season after the dismissal of Peter Laviolette. It's fair to assume that things haven't gone as well as likely planned. Does he make it to next year as the guy in charge?