The Flyers head to New York tonight to lace up the skates for a Winter Classic preview. It's a good warm up for a team that seems to be hitting its stride with its star Claude Giroux back in the lineup. Despite being in 4th in the Atlantic division, the Rangers are a mere 2 points behind the first place Flyers.
This game is a homecoming for current Flyer Jaromir Jagr. Having played for multiple teams in his career, he is most well known for his time as Penguin, and his less than stellar time as a Ranger. However, he seems to be a rejuvenated player since he has returned from the KHL. And being a line mate with Claude Giroux has made the tandem one of the most fearsome in hockey.
So this game is a preview for a more important game. but more importantly, its a test. Can Claude Giroux and his head hold up in a game against a physical division rival? Can the rest of a young and fast Flyers team live up to the expectations we have come to have for them? It's an important game, because it is a litmus test for a game hockey fans around the world will be watching.