Preview: The New Jersey Devils come to South Philadelphia looking for revenge against the Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers (8-11-5) welcome the New Jersey Devils (19-4-1) to South Philly in what will look to be a revenge game for the Devils.
Since losing their first two games to start the season, which included a loss to the Flyers on Opening Night, the Devils are sit atop the NHL with a 19-3-1 record. They’re 3rd in the NHL in goals for per game, averaging 3.83 goals.
Carter Hart will get the start. He’s currently 7-6-4 on the season with a 2.81 GAA and a .914 SV%
Hart is quite literally the only reason the Flyers aren’t currently where the Anaheim Ducks are in the NHL standings. The Flyers are the 7th worst team in the NHL, and I don’t see it improving.
Flyers Penalty Kill
I’ve been using November 8th (5-1 W vs STL) as a marker where the Flyers’ success, thanks to Hart standing on his head, finally came to a resounding halt.
Since then, the Flyers are killing penalties at a 63.9% rate (2nd worst in the entire NHL).
The PK has been a problem for the Flyers for as long as I can remember and it’s not getting any better anytime soon.
They’ve allowed power play goals in 4 of their last 5 games (0 vs PIT on November 25th).
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Flyers Power Play
The power-play hasn’t been any better than the penalty kill since their win against St. Louis.
Since then, the Flyers are scoring on 5.7% of their power plays.
Let me repeat that.
Five. Point. Seven. Percent.
Are you kidding me? I feel like if you threw the Phantoms power play out there, even they’d be able to put up better numbers than THAT.
Yes, that’s the worst in the NHL by a large margin. The 2nd worst team in the league since November 8th are the Penguins at 12.1%.
Justin Braun and Patrick Brown will jump back into the lineup for Tanner Laczynski and Egor Zamula.
The constant changing of lines throughout games has been one of my pet-peeves of John Tortorella.
Yeah, I understand he’s dealing with an ECHL lineup and it’s extremely hard to find any kind of consistency but…
YOU’RE SOLIDIFYING THAT BY CHANGING THEM EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.
I mean for crying out loud every time I look up during a game there’s a different combination of players on a line. Can’t imagine what it’s like for a player trying to find an ounce of chemistry with a guy and then getting a new line mate the very next shift.
More on the Flyers…
– Cutter Gauthier scored again last night. He currently has 8G-4A-12P in 11 games.
– The 2023 draft profiles are getting an early start here at TLY. How can you blame us?
– Cam Atkinson is close to a return. Hopefully within the next 2 games.
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