PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers hope a strong returning nucleus can lead them to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.
The Flyers won 47 games and had 103 points last season. They beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, then lost to the New Jersey Devils in five games.
Claude Giroux was named team captain this week. He had 28 goals and 93 points last season, the most points by a Flyer since Eric Lindros had 93 in 1998-99.
He not only expects to lead the locker room, he expects to lead them deep in the postseason. The Flyers are ready to open the season Saturday against Pittsburgh. The Penguins-Flyers is a rivalry so big, it's kicking off NBC's season coverage.

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