Flyers looking to settle score with Islanders on home ice
Mike Yeo and the Philadelphia Flyers (13-18-7) will take on Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders (12-13-6) again Tuesday, this time in South Philadelphia. You can catch the game on ESPN+ or Hulu only. John Buccigross and Kevin Weekes will be on the call for puck drop at 7:00 pm.
Carter Hart will get the start in goal for Philadelphia. He is now 7-12-4 on the year with a 2.94 GAA and a .911 SV%. I feel like I’m typing the same words when I speak on the goalie’s play, so the fact they’re the one positive in this horrid season along with Cam York is pretty crazy.
Monday night, we saw the Flyers get outworked by a team that had played a total of five games in the last 30 days. They were out-shot 13-8 in the first period while getting out-skated and out-worked the entire time, it was truly brutal to watch. The second period rolls around, and the Flyers actually out-shot the Islanders 13-7, but gave up two extremely lazy goals in front of their own nets.
The third period was the worst period of them all. Again, the Flyers were out-worked, out-shot, and had zero sorts of offensive momentum in any sort of facet of the game. The power play went a smooth 0-for-4 and looked the worst it has all season, especially with zone entries.
For a “pass-first team” the Flyers sure do suck at passing the puck to each other. I let out a sigh of relief when I see Justin Braun finally backhand a puck off the glass to clear the zone. I’m at the point in the season where I look at it as a small win if the Flyers connect on four-straight passes without someone fumbling the puck away.
Konecny Finally Scores
Konecny broke his 20-game goalless drought and notched his 100th career goal last night in the new UBS Arena on one of the whackiest goals I’ve ever seen. If that’s what it takes to get this guy going again, then who really cares how he got it.
Flyers Line Up vs Islanders
Joel Farabee – Claude Giroux – Cam Atkinson
Oskar Lindblom – Scott Laughton – Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk – Kevin Hayes – Gerry Mayhew
Morgan Frost – Connor Bunnaman – Zack MacEwen
Ivan Provorov – Travis Sanheim
Cam York – Justin Braun
Keith Yandle – Rasmus Ristolainen
Maybe Try Something Else?
I think it may be time to start jumbling some lines up to try and start scoring some goals, considering you haven’t scored more than three since December 18th (4-3 W vs OTT).
The power play has gone 2-for-14 in the last five contests, so it may be time to look at someone other than James van Riemsdyk in front of the net. I can’t watch him try that one move from behind the net for the 245th time this season, I just can’t.
Giroux has zero points since coming off the COVID protocol list, so I’m not really that surprised the Flyers haven’t been able to score more than two goals in their last six games. They’re still relying on 34-year-old Claude Giroux to be their main source of offense in the year 2022, it’s truly astonishing.
Farabee – Giroux – Atkinson
Lindblom – Laughton – Konecny
Frost – Hayes – van Riemsdyk
Mayhew – Bunnaman – MacEwen
When Wade Allison eventually gets called up, if he can stay healthy, replace him with Mayhew and let him to work his way up the lineup.
The Flyers to snap this eight-game losing streak is currently +108 on Parx Sportsbook.
- Max Willman was activated to the active roster from the taxi squad, and have loaned Jackson Cates back to the Phantoms
- Wade Allison had two goals over the weekend
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