Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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Oct 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (17) and Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) get tangled up during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Ducks defeated the Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks are finishing up their two-game homestand and six-game California stretch. The Ducks have started this stretch 3-2-0, including a win on Monday over the Boston Bruins. The last bout for the Ducks is against the Philadelphia Flyers, who have struggled mightily to open the season. After a 42 win, 94 point season last season that saw the Flyers place third in the Metropolitan Division, they are 8-13-3 and 15th in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have lost five straight games, and their last four losses have all come in regulation. The Flyers are continuing a five game road-trip, losing to the New York Rangers 5-2 on Saturday and San Jose Sharks 2-1 on  Tuesday.

The Flyers are one of the most popular franchises in the NHL and shown on national TV frequently. However, to learn more about the Flyers, I asked some questions to Steven Smith. Steven is the editor at Broad Street Buzz, the site that covers the Philadelphia Flyers on the FanSided network. Here, I ask Steven about one of the league’s unexpected leading scorers, a struggling defense corps, and how the team is managing a tight financial situation.