Some line shuffling in practice; Injury updates as Flyers get ready to face the 10-1-0 Hurricanes
We have some line shuffling! Last night we saw the Flyers lose to the Maple Leafs 3-0 in uninspiring fashion. They outshot Toronto 36-33, but Toronto had a ton more high-danger chances throughout the game. If you looked at the stats after the game, you’d probably assume Campbell was really good. In reality, he wasn’t tested nearly enough to be able to say he stole the game away from the Flyers.
Toronto converted on a power play, something the Flyers aren’t very familiar with. The last time the Flyers converted on the power play was in the 3-2 OT loss in Pittsburgh. Since then, the Flyers have gone 0/5 in 2 games.
Last 5 games on PP
- vs CGY: 0/3
- vs ARI: 0/3
- vs PIT: 1/2
- vs WSH: 0/1
- vs TOR: 0/4
I feel like you have to legitimately try and go 1 for 13 on the power play (.07%), especially with the talent that’s on both units now. The units switched up around the west-coast trip, with Yandle finding himself on the 2nd unit and Provorov back up to the 1st. Nothing has really changed since then, if anything, it’s been worse.
Personally, as much as I love Provorov and think he’s a great defenseman, he’s not on my 1st PP unit. Yandle needs to be on that top unit. Also, can we get Giroux off the right wall and stop playing around? Put him on the left side wall, like he has been his entire career, and stop this nonsense. He’s going to rotate over to the right wall sometimes, depending on how the play is flowing, but he needs to mainly be on the left wall.
Michel Therrien, I’m looking at you.
Line combination changes
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Giroux’s line staying the same is no surprise, being they are the only line that has put up points consistently in the last handful of games.
Lindblom – Brassard – Atkinson
Here’s where we see the first change. Lindblom and Farabee switch lines, putting Lindblom with Brassard and Atkinson now. I actually thought AV was going to put Lindblom up with Couturier. When someone is struggling, putting him next to a player like Sean Couturier is only going to put them in better situations. Couturier’s two-way play and ability to put his wingers in scoring positions was something that I thought could benefit Lindblom. Hopefully Brassard and Atkinson can do that for Lindy, who has 0 goals in his first 11 games.
Farabee – Laughton – van Riemsdyk
At first glance I didn’t like the look of this line, but now that I’ve had some time to sit and think about it, I don’t mind it. You have to love the way Laughton has been playing. He’s not my ideal 3C candidate, but there’s zero complaints here. I like Farabee and JVR, two guys who can really shoot the puck, with Laughton. JVR is also a pretty underrated passer, so him giving Farabee and Laughton some looks could be fun.
Thompson – Brown – MacEwen
The 4th line doesn’t change. They’ve had a couple of solid games where they had some shifts with heavy pressure in the offensive zone. Would love to see more of that from them.
Kevin Hayes was at practice today, rotating in at times alongside NAK according to Jordan Hall on twitter. Hayes is shooting for Saturday according to AV, but it’s still very up in the air.
Ryan Ellis was also at practice today and rotating in and out. He won’t play tomorrow against Carolina, and his status for Saturday is also up in the air. Would be nice to get him back soon.
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