There were plenty of reasons to be excited about heading into this Flyers season, but Matt Read wasn't exactly one of those reasons. Read had been on the decline for several seasons now, and heading into his age-30 season, that was expected to continue. It's no secret that he's been one of the most-maligned Flyers over the past few seasons.
Heading into this season, the biggest reason to be excited about Read was the possibility of him being taken in June's expansion draft. The Flyers would be rid of his $3.625 million cap hit, and could perhaps put it to better use.
For now, though, Read's off to an incredible start. He's tallied five goals in the Flyers' first seven games of the season -- nearly half of what he registered last year alone (11). This hot start has also afforded him an opportunity on the top power-play unit, and his five points are among the Flyers' leaders.
For the second straight start, Michal Neuvirth got an early exit, just like last Tuesday in Chicago. Just like last Tuesday, the Flyers had a rally in them.
This time, the finished the job.
Three goals in the third period helped the Flyers even the score and earn one point. They managed to get the second one as well with a shootout win over the Sabres, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
While the Flyers' offense in Saturday's win over Carolina was red-hot -- particularly in the second period -- they faced a bit of a test on Monday in Montreal.
They took on a Canadiens team in la belle province that was not just on a mission to duplicate their scorching start from last year, but for Carey Price to return to his dominant pre-injury form. He answered the call, turning away 29 of 30 shots with relative ease.
The Orange and Black now return home for the latter half of a back-to-back matchup, this time taking on the Buffalo Sabres. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.