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Preview: Vancouver Canucks face struggling Claude Giroux, Flyers in Philadelphia
The brotherly love is wearing thin in Philadelphia, and the Vancouver Canucks will look to sustain the Flyers' misery on Tuesday night.
The Canucks are kicking off a seven-game road trip tonight in Pennsylvania, and are looking to rebound from a 4-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday – a loss that featured a now-infamous shorthanded own goal and some stellar pad work by Habs goalie Carey Price.
After the Philly game, Vancouver will play Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus, the Islanders, New Jersey and St. Louis, before their next home game against the Washington Capitals on October 28.
"I think it's nice to go away during the season, get together as a team," said captain Henrik Sedin (NHL.com). "We're playing some tough teams (but) it's easier to get into team game on the road rather than at home. It's good for us.
"You see during games we attempt to get back to things we did in the past instead of doing the things we want to do now and that's been hurting us so far... Instead of doing 1-3-1 or [defensemen] getting back more, we attempt to be aggressive at times and it's cost us a few times."
New Canucks coach John Tortorella will be in familiarly unfriendly confines on Tuesday night, as his history against the Flyers is long and storied. In his tenure behind the benches of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers, Tortorella had a number of infamous made-for-media moments – most notably, the 2011 HBO series 24/7 ahead of that year's Winter Classic and the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, when he got into a war of words with then-Philly head coach Ken Hitchcock.
The Flyers, meanwhile, have started the season 1-5 and captain Claude Giroux has just one point through that stretch.
"The confidence is not there," Giroux said last week. "I just want to play good... I want to play to my best abilities. I think there's a lot of frustration right now. It's not that I'm not trying out there. Plays are not there; I'm trying to make them there.
"It's a beautiful game... You have to enjoy it. It feels like I'm not enjoying it right now. Go back to the basics here, start playing a little bit more physical. I don't know (but) I'm sure I'll figure it out."
Giroux struggled at the start of last season, too, but rebounded to finish the year with 48 points in 48 games played.
"I think he is trying a little bit too hard," said new Flyers coach Craig Berube. "Personally, I think that. He gives everything he's got out there and sometimes it's too much. You know how it is; you try too hard, you can't accomplish the things you want to accomplish."