Flyers top Devils in SO; successful preseason debut

Mike Richards tallied the game-winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped the Devils’ final chance in the fourth round of the shootout as Philadelphia topped New Jersey, 4-3, in the preseason opener for both clubs. Darroll Powe and Jeff Carter tallied in the first period and Danny Briere notched the game-tying goal in the third period for the Flyers, who are coming off a Stanley Cup appearance. Michael Leighton played two periods and allowed three goals on 23 shots, while Bobrovsky halted all seven he faced in the third period and overtime. He fended off a shot from Jacob Josefson to lock …

First period thoughts

Zherdev is fun to watch. If he forms good chemistry with Carter, they will be dangerous. He’s fast and has good vision. Biggest standouts were the fringe guys: Nodl, Powe, Bartulis. Giroux and JvR looked good too. Well, Bartulis wasn’t great but he had his moments. I like Sean OD. Meh-zaros looked terrible to me. Not impressed. Leighton wasn’t tested much. He made one good save, or so it appeared from my angle. Didn’t notice Guerin or Richards much, outside of the penalty Richards took.

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Offseason analysis: Offense

Contracts of note: Carcillo (RFA), Powe (RFA), Asham (UFA) Top prospects: Maroon, Legein Needs: 1st line RW, possible 3rd line RW According to Sam Carchidi, GM Paul Holmgren stated the other day that it is “highly unlikely” the current roster will remain unchanged in the offseason. At this point, the Flyers have two options up front: Do they sell high on superb postseason performers with high salaries (Gagne, Brière, Hartnell) or do they move Jeff Carter, who struggled throughout parts of the regular season as well as the playoffs and had two fractured feet? Daniel Brière Brière is a proven …