NHL Game Preview at YouWager: Capital vs. Flyers

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Tip-off: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Flyers have almost impressed YouWager experts by trailing by at least two goals in five of their past six games. Tonight, the Flyers will meet the Washington Capitals and hopes that Simon Gagne face can provide some kind of new energy. A day after being re-acquired, Gagne will try to begin revitalizing his career and his team’s season.

The Flyers (9-11-1) have split its last six games even with their recent slow starts. While Philadelphia rallied for wins versus the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets, the Flyers were not able to erase a two-goal, second-period deficit Monday, losing 4-2 versus the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the re-addition of Gagne, the Flyers trust they can change things around after being below the postseason cutoff in the Eastern Conference.

The 32 year-old player was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Kings earlier this week in exchange for a conditional draft pick. For his first 10 seasons Gagne played with the Flyers, scoring 259 goals with 265 assists in 664 games before being dealt to Tampa Bay Lightningfor the 2010-11 season.

The Canadian player signed with Los Angeles prior to last season, but was not effective while having difficulties with injuries, including a concussion. Even so, Gagne came back to help the Kings win the Stanley Cup.

So far in 2013 Gagne has five assists in 11 games, however injuries to forwards Matt Read (torn ribcage muscles) and Tye McGinn (broken orbital bone) prompted the Flyers to re-acquire the two-time All-Star.

Philadelphia may draw some inspiration from Washington, a team that has won five of seven after winning just two of their first 11.

The Capitals, who continued their resurgence with a 3-0 victory Tuesday over the Carolina Hurricanes, are still at the bottom of the Southeast Division, but just four points behind the three-way tie for first among Carolina, Tampa Bay and Winnipeg.