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Flyers Host Devils, “The Hammer” To Be Honored

Mark RitterSenior Writer INovember 16, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with his teammates on November 14, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sabres defeated the Flyers 3-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Devils have been the NHL’s version of the “road warriors”, going a perfect 9-0 away from the swamp. The Flyers will do their best to be the first team to knock off the Devils this evening, and with James Van Riemsdyk expected to be back in the lineup, they have as good a shot as any team out there.

The Flyers are coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the defensively oriented Buffalo Sabres Saturday night game, where the Flyers were asleep at the wheel for the first period and seemingly uninterested in putting forth the effort to beat the highly-touted Hawks.

Ray Emery is expected to get the nod in net for the Flyers. In his past six games, Emery has a record of 5-1 and has given up just nine goals. Clearly, Emery has played well enough to be considered amongst the NHL’s elite goaltenders and, as such, is one of the biggest surprises this season.

Tonight’s game will feature a special Hall of Fame Induction ceremony for Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, a player that is fondly remembered by Flyers fans as being a valuable member of the Flyers “Broad Street Bullies” and for spilling enough opponents blood on the Spectrum’s ice to fill a few swimming pools!

Shultz, a winger, ranks fourth overall with 1,386 penalty minutes and was one of the most feared players in NHL history. His rugged play and ability to intimidate the opposition were an integral part of the Flyers two Stanley Cup Championships (1973-74, 1974-75).

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Shultz will become the 20th member of the Flyers Hallowed Hall, joining the likes of Bobby Clarke, Mark Howe, Bill Barber, Tim Kerr, Bernie Parent, and Ron Hextall, to name a few.

It should be a special night for the Flyers, more so if they can pull off the win.

Until next time,

Peace!

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