Flyers Storylines: Season-long road trip looms

Flyers Storylines: Season-long road trip looms
February 10, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Fresh off a successful four-game homestand, in which they went 3-0-1 and grabbed seven of eight available points, the Flyers are now preparing for arguably their toughest stretch of the season.

Monday's matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs will mark the first contest of a season-long, six-game road trip for the orange and black.

The Flyers will then travel to Winnipeg on Tuesday, before finishing their week with back-to-back games against the Devils and Canadiens on Friday and Saturday.

The road hasn't been kind to the Flyers in the early going. In six games away from the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers are 1-5-0 and have scored just 13 goals -- more than half coming in their 7-1 rout of the Florida Panthers on Jan. 26.

The Flyers' offense is averaging just 2.42 goals per game, but there seems to be some chemistry forming between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek. The two forwards combined for two goals and three assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Carolina.

Here are a few other storylines we're keeping an eye on this week:

Luke Schenn's return to Toronto
Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn spent his first four NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs and will get his first crack at his former club on Monday night.

Toronto took Schenn with the fifth-overall selection of the 2008 NHL draft. In 310 career games as a Maple Leaf, he collected 14 goals, 75 points and 217 penalty minutes.

Schenn has gotten off to a strong start for the Flyers.The 23-year-old has one goal, one assist and a team-high 46 hits this season. He is also second on the club in blocked shots with 27.

James van Riemsdyk, who was acquired by Toronto in exchange for Schenn this past offseason, is also off to a fast start. The 23-year-old forward already has seven goals and 41 shots on net.

The Flyers selected van Riemsdyk with the second-overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft. In three seasons in orange and black, JVR registered 47 goals and 99 points in 196 games.

Boucher sighting?
Veteran netminder Brian Boucher was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms on Sunday and could see some action this week.

The Flyers have back-to-back stops in Toronto and Winnipeg on Monday and Tuesday. They also play back-to-back games against New Jersey and Montreal on Friday and Saturday.

Keep in mind, starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has been a busy man for the Flyers this season, starting 11 of 12 games. Bryzgalov has looked stellar in net, posting a 5-5-1 record, .921 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average.

Boucher is no stranger to the NHL. He has a 120-137-30-15 record, .901 save percentage and 2.71 goals-against average in 324 career games.

Success on Saturdays
The Flyers have scored three goals or more only three times this season. Interestingly enough, those three games -- all wins -- have been played the past three Saturdays.

In four Saturday matchups overall this season, the Flyers are 3-1 and have outscored their opponents by a 17-10 margin in those contests.

The Flyers are slated for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Canadiens this Saturday ... just saying.