Nina G: I think the Devils, Rangers, and Penguins will all be a threat as I see the division being wide open between them and the Flyers.
Bob H: Since we’ve seen that the Cup search has taken a back seat for this year, I only realistically foresee that the Flyers biggest threat will be either themselves or injuries.
Pavialax: If healthy, the Penguins’ depth matches well against the Flyers and they pose the biggest threat.
Nick D: The team that poses the biggest threat in the Atlantic Division this year is the New York Rangers. Adding Brad Richards is a huge deal no matter how you slice it, especially when he’s slated to play with one of the most talented wingers in the game in Marian Gaborik. They will absolutely connect for a great amount of points on pretty plays this year, but moreover I expect Brad Richards to bring the clutch factor to a team that has been missing it since Mark Messier retired. The fact is that Brad Richards has experience when it comes to the playoffs and being a consistent player for his team. He was the second best player on that Tampa Bay Lightning roster in 2004, second only to Martin St. Louis, who absolutely should have won the Conn Smythe that year instead of Richards on their run to having their names engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup. No matter, they will be the toughest team to beat in a seven game series in the league if they can get secondary scoring from the likes of newly anointed captain Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky, as well as great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist who will have no shortage of help from one of the best, though very young, defense corps in the league. In the league the biggest threat I think comes from the Los Angeles Kings, who made all the right moves (as long as they can sign Drew Doughty) and are ready to take the next step towards bringing the first cup ever to Tinseltown.
Eden N: In the Atlantic Division? Rangers. In the NHL? Florida Panthers. ::dies laughing::
Marcello D: Assuming Shelley does not play, the Flyers should be able to easily roll four lines and I’m optimistic about the team’s bottom six forwards, the defense, and the goaltending. To that end, I think Philadelphia will match up surprisingly well against teams like the Rangers and the Penguins. Once again, I’m going to go off the board and say the Islanders will pose the biggest threat to Philadelphia. So far this preseason, the Flyers showed problems with consistency and playing down to their opponent at times. If that’s the case, I expect them to have trouble against the Islanders.