Sunday Night Hockey; Lightning at Flyers Preview
It’s time for some Sunday night hockey. The 14-5-4 Tampa Bay Lightning come into Philadelphia looking to sweep the season series against the 8-9-4 Flyers. The Flyers are 0-1-1 so far against Tampa this season, even with Tampa missing players like Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov in both games. You can catch the game at 6pm NBCSP.
Carter Hart will get the nod tonight. Hart is 5-6-3 on the season, with a 2.70 GAA and a .919 SV%. In his most recent game against the Rangers, a lot like the entire season, Hart was laid out to dry multiple times by his defense. He stopped 24 of 28 shots, in a 4-1 loss in MSG. He has not been the problem this year, in fact, he’s been the only reason this team isn’t currently bottom 5 in the league. It’s actually pretty disgusting.
Former Flyer, Brian Elliott will get the nod for Tampa tonight. Elliot is 2-1-1 this season, with a 3.17 GAA and a .887 SV%. It would be such a Flyers thing for them to get stone-walled by their former goalie.
It’s not secret the Flyers haven’t been able to score since the beginning of the year. They’ve averaged 1.69 goals a game since they got shutout 4-0 in Calgary on October 30th. Elliot will look to hand his former team their 8th straight loss tonight.
Projected Lineup vs the Tampa Bay Lightning
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Cam Atkinson
Morgan Frost – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk – Scott Laughton – Zack MacEwen
Oskar Lindblom – Patrick Brown – Connor Bunnaman
Ivan Provorov – Rasmus Ristolainen
Travis Sanheim – Justin Braun
Keith Yandle – Nick Seeler
The Flyers have switched up their PP units a little, trying to find something that works.
PP1: Giroux (right wall), Atkinson (slot), Hayes (left wall), Couturier (net front), Yandle (point)
PP2: Frost (right wall), Konecny (slot), Ristolainen (left wall), JVR (net front), Provorov (point)
Still don’t like Giroux being away from his left wall, but these are a little better. Frost finally having a wall on a power play should be interesting to watch. He has Konecny and Ristolainen available to feed one timers.
Patrick Brown was activated from injury reserve earlier this morning, resulting in Max Willman once again getting sent down to the Phantoms.
The Lightning went to OT against the Boston Bruins last night, edging Boston 3-2 with a sweet BULLET from Steven Stamkos off the rush. I was watching the game and praying it went in to OT, the more minutes Tampa had to play before a back-to-back in Philly, is positive news for Flyers fans.
Not seeing Vasilevskiy tonight is a nice little boost for the Flyers, he saved 37 of 39 last night against Boston in their OT win. With our luck, Brian Elliot will flashback to 2010 Brian Elliott and stone-wall us for 43 saves.
I can just feel it.
The first game against Tampa was actually a pretty good game. The Flyers went up 2-0 in the 1st, eventually losing the lead in the 2nd period. The Flyers eventually lost the contest due to a skills competition. The second game wasn’t anything like the first, the Flyers lost 4-0 in embarrassing fashion, and made Corey Perry look like Teemu Selanne.
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