Going for 3 straight; Devils @ Flyers Preview
It feels like it’s been 120 days since the Flyers have last played. Now, we finally have Flyers hockey back tonight! Intern head coach Mike Yeo and his 10-12-4 Philadelphia Flyers, host the 10-11-5 New Jersey Devils in South Philly. You can catch the third and final matchup between these two teams tonight at 7pm on NBCSP.
Martin Jones got the nod and win, in the last game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. I personally wanted to see Hart after the way he willed this team to a win against Vegas, but again, I guess that’s why Mike Yeo is an intern head coach, and I’m sitting here writing previews.
Hart is currently 6-8-3 on the year with a 2.91 GAA and a .913 SV%. His last start, as I just get done talking about how well he played in it, came against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. Hart was sensational in goal, yet again. It’s pretty disgusting how many times I’ve sat here and typed that Hart was the sole reason they won a game.
41 saves on 44 shots, Hart stood on his head all game long. I guess that’s some of the reason why I wanted to see him against Arizona the next day. Give him the nod, and give the team a chance to actually produce some offense in-front of him. Give the kid a nice two-goal cushion once in a while.
Derick Brassard, who has been skating on his own lately, is still being held out of games for precautionary reasons. He is still dealing with the hip injury that has kept him out several weeks now.
We actually got some good news regarding Joel Farabee. Joel is ahead of his original schedule right now, and actually practice with the team on Monday in a non-contact jersey. Getting Farabee back would be a huge offensive boost to a team that now suddenly has 4+ goals in three of their last four games.
The Flyers are -125 underdogs vs the Devils at Betway tonight. 0-2-0 so far this season against New Jersey, might be time for a win.
Flyers’ Projected Line up vs the New Jersey Devils
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
The power play has actually been watchable in the last two. In Vegas, the Flyers scored two power play goals in the third period, thanks to Sean Couturier and James van Riemsdyk. In Arizona, the boys got a clutch power play goal from James van Riemsdyk, again. JVR now has 3G in his last two games, really proving how big of a streaky scorer he really is.
To put it nicely, the Devils have straight up smacked us this year. Game one started out with Scott Laughton tying the game up at 1-1 with that sweet shorthanded goal. Then the Devils scored to make it 2-1, only for Joel Farabee to turn around and make it 2-2 in the third period.
Then, in typical Flyers fashion, we fell apart. Game ended 5-2, with the next game being somehow more embarrassing than the last. A 3-0, lifeless loss in the same building, not even more than a week later.
I’m actually extremely bothered by the fact the Devils have our number this year, it’s quite disgusting. A win at home tonight is a 100% must. You can’t go 0-3-0 in your only three games against this franchise, you just can’t.
James van Riemsdyk (+230) and Morgan Frost (+290) to score right now on Parx Sportsbook is looking pretty gooooood. We all know how JVR scores in bunches, so catching him in the middle of one of his streaks looks enticing.
Frost picked up an assist Saturday night in Arizona when Cam and G connected for that sweet goal. Frosty has 2 points in his last 4 games, but I love the way he’s been playing recently. I think he’s due soon.
Mandatory Credit: Flyers Twitter / Zack Hill - Flyers PR