It’s one of the most popular rides in the world and you can expect the same thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies on Sunday when the Dallas Stars play the Philadelphia Flyers in a doubleheader at American Airlines Center.
The Stars are riding a three-day-long bicycle tour of the Philadelphia area and are looking to draw crowds for the second consecutive year when the Flyers play their first game of the season.
Stars forward Patrick Eaves is part of the group that will take in the ride, along with fellow rookies Jamie Benn and Cody Eakin, and the Stars have already drawn attention with the way they handled a high-profile storm on Tuesday that sent fans scrambling for shelter and shut down part of Philadelphia.
They also did it twice during the preseason.
Here’s how the Stars plan to handle the Flyers: The Stars will be on the road for their fourth consecutive game, a season high for them.
The team has played three games at home and two at the Pepsi Center, but this time they’ll be at a new venue.
The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be in a full-strength state, but their schedule has a few wrinkles in it, including a trip to San Antonio next week.
That means that the Stars will have a different set of games to plan for and a different group of people to meet them at.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff is hoping the Flyers are up for the challenge, but he is confident in the players.
“I’m not worried about our players,” Ruff said.
“I’m worried about their guys.
They’re all going to play their best hockey tonight.
The goal here is to be able to get out there and play the game we’re all looking for.
It’s a tough task, but we’re going to make the most of it.”
The Flyers have a lot of young players and an experienced group of players, so this game could be a big test for them and their young players.
“We’re not worried,” center Claude Giroux said.
He’s also not worried that the Flyers might try to shut him down.
“If we can’t win this game, we’re not going to have any fun at all,” Giroux added.
“They’ll be in our locker room and we’re in their locker room, but I know that’s just the way it is.
That’s the way we play.
It will be a tough game.”
Injuries: RW Travis Moen (upper body) and LW Mattias Janmark (lower body) are day-to-day.
LW Patrick Eaks (knee) is out for the season and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Benn and Eakin will be skating on the second-line and Eaves and Benn are paired with veteran Jason Spezza, but Ruff expects Eaves to be on his own.
Eaves is one of five players who have already been selected to play in the World Cup of Hockey this summer.
He has not yet played in an NHL game, but was a member of the 2015 Sochi Olympics squad.
The Flyers are also missing top scorer Jakub Voracek, who is expected back this week.
“We’re hoping that he’s ready to go,” Ruff told reporters.
“He has to play.
We’re not ready to put him in the game.”
This will be the Flyers first visit to Dallas since the Stars swept them in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals.