Can they sustain it? Flyers @ Coyotes Preview
Well, here we are. Interim head coach Mike Yeo will take his 9-12-4 Philadelphia Flyers into Arizona to face the 5-19-2 Coyotes. Would be really nice if the boys could find a way to build on last nights win with two in a row here, but I feel like that’s asking too much. You can catch the game on at 9pm on NBCSP.
Carter Hart should get the nod tonight. It hasn’t been announced yet, but if I’m Mike Yeo, I’m letting Hart get the start in hope the boys can pick up the slack a little after he stole that game for them last night. 41 saves on 44 shots, the Flyers yet again, put Hart on an island by himself and made him stand on his head.
Martin Jones was just announced the starter tonight in Arizona. I don’t agree with this move at all. I would’ve starter the hot goalie after the way he played last night, but I guess that’s why Mike Yeo is a intern head coach, and I’m sitting here writing previews.
Max Willman scored his first goal of the season last night, and had a slick celly ready to go with it. It’s great seeing Max, a guy who was a ECHL player a couple years ago, earn a pro contract and finally get his first goal in the NHL.
What a moment
For the first time since October 20th against Boston (6-3 win), the Flyers scored 2 goals on the PP, thanks to Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk. Everyone knows just how pitiful the PP has been since the first 10 games of the season, so seeing Couturier let one rip like he did was really nice.
For as much smack (deservedly so) that I’ve talked on James van Riemsdyk lately, I thought last night was one of his better games of the season. He was moving his feet without the puck, getting involved in the forecheck, and finally cashed in on the PP.
Speaking of the PP, Claude Giroux passed Bobby Clarke (333) for the most points on the PP in Franchise History with 334. It’s a shame this kind of accomplishment is overclouded with the fact this team sucks. Imagine Giroux doing this with the Flyers actually being good, it would be really fun, but that’s too much to ask.
Flyers’ Projected Line up vs the Arizona Coyotes
Scott Laughton – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Morgan Frost – Claude Giroux – Cam Atkinson
Max Willman – Kevin Hayes – James van Riemsdyk
Oskar Lindblom – Patrick Brown – Zack MacEwen
Ivan Provorov – Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim – Rasmus Ristolainen
Keith Yandle – Kevin Connauton
Carter Hart/Martin Jones
I actually really liked what I saw from Kevin Connauton in his first game as a Flyer. He only played 12:39 TOI, but I liked the way he handled the puck under pressure and found the breakout man multiple times with a clean pass. Excited to see more of Connauton tonight.
Odds from Parx Sportsbook
As always, tonight’s odds are brought to you by Parx Sportsbook, the official gambling parter of The Liberty Line.
Parx had a special boost last night that the Flyers would break their ugly losing streak at +210. If you took those odds like I did, good for you. Tonight, Parx Sportsbook has a special the Flyers will extend their winning ways to 2 games at +100.
It doesn’t really matter what I think because the Flyers seem to do the exact opposite of that. Oh, I think they’re going to finally break the losing streak against the Devils, who were 2-5-3 going into that game? Hilarious.
Oh, I thought the Vegas Golden Knights, who were 3-2-0 going into last night, and have one of the best home atmosphere’s in the league, were going to kill us? Hilarious.
Let’s not get too excited though, because the Flyers still played like shit last night. Hart had to stand on his head against 44 shots, and was the ONLY reason we were able to come away with the win. The decision making is still wayyyyy too slow, and they don’t produce any grade A chances consistently enough, it’s a mess.
Arizona still isn’t a very good team, we all know that. They’re 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, but since this is Shayne Gostisbehere’s first game against his old team, they’ll look like the 97′ Red Wings.
In all seriousness, I do think the Flyers will come away with the win. They just do this thing where they play down to crappy teams, and play up to better teams. We saw it first hand last night against Vegas and Wednesday night against New Jersey.
Mandatory Credit: Flyers twitter - Zack Hill PR