Flyers seek revenge against Canucks in second straight game
Less than 24 hours after their last face-off, the Flyers are preparing for the second leg of this back-to-back game in the cold and rain of Vancouver. This will be the second meeting of the season. The Canucks played spoilers, winning 5-4 in a shootout in the Philadelphia home opener.
Their last game was electric with a lot of goals and a lot of luck with the puck. The Flyers went first on the board with a power-play goal from Farabee, but the Canucks scored three unanswered goals. Cam Atkinson came on the board for his first to get them close to one, but the Canucks had other plans as they scored their fourth goal of the period.
Two late goals, one from Travis Konecny and a handsome one from Claude Giroux sent him into overtime. The Canucks won the game in the skills competition, but the Flyers still came away with a point that could be valuable down the line. Carter Hart didn’t look his best in points, but the puck was bouncing a lot and the Canucks were very lucky with the puck. The Flyers will be looking for a rematch tonight and two big points.
3-1-1 (7 points) 6th in the metro
In what was an absolute victory for the Flyers, they will look to repeat their performance tonight. Carter Hart was an absolute unit in the net, rejecting 34 of 37 shots on the net. The whole team has really strengthened defensively as they are committed to blocking shots and distributing hits. The Flyers threw the body for 27 hits and blocked 26 shots with Rasmus Ristolinian taking the worst after a puck coiled his stick, shattering part of his visor and slicing him above the eye. He played the remainder of the quarter and was back on the ice shortly after the start of the third period.
Martin Jones will receive the call tonight. He played really well in his first game of the season against the Bruins. He scored two tough rebounding goals from the net and an absolute beauty of a Taylor Hall breakaway that came into play. He made 37 saves on 40 shots and clinched the victory for the Flyers. We’re going to need more goalies tonight if Philadelphia is to win.
Back-to-backs have never been the strong point of the Flyers. Nevertheless. with the way they scored goals while still missing two big chunks in Kevin Hayes and Wade Allison, they don’t have much to worry about yet. 23 goals in five games made it one of the fastest and best starts in franchise history. It’s a welcome sight considering the Flyers typically start out at a turtle pace and progress to a level playing field with the rest of the league. With the big names in the Flyers scoring big goals, this team is going to be tough to compete with.
Cam Atkinson scored two more goals last night, bringing his tally to six this season. Claude Giroux’s tally also marked his fourth of the year and also gives him a point in every game this season. Fun fact, this is the first time in his career that he has done this. Travis Konecny was also very noticed last night and did a lot of really good things on offense and defense. When you notice a player like him playing a 200-foot game, it works well that the rest of the team will follow suit as the season progresses.
Ryan Ellis is still a question mark at this point. Justin Braun had to take this first place with Ivan Provorv and he returned to his peak. Braun played the best hockey of his career and his best hockey since before he was chosen. Travis Sanheim also stepped up his efforts, playing a 200-foot game last night. Ristolainen didn’t look great last night, but when he and Sanheim were on the same page, they were locked up and locked up. Sanheim didn’t get an official assist in the record books, but his assist late in the first period led to the beauty of an Atkinson goal to help the Flyers take the lead. in the first intermission.
The Flyers still have to stay out of the box tonight and play aggressively. If they can get into the power play early, they can burn the Canucks with their own mistakes. Back-to-backs are tough, but they can absolutely beat this Canucks team. Rolling the puck and carrying it rather than throwing and chasing the puck will be key to tonight’s victory. I also think James van Riemsdyk will finally be on the board tonight. He looked really good last night fighting and fighting for pucks and position.
Deep play will be key tonight and we haven’t seen a ton of goals from the third or fourth line, but seeing a few tonight will help relieve the top two lines.
Giroux – Couturier – Konecny
Farabee – Armband – Atkinson
Lindblom – Laughton – Van Riemsdyk
Dawn-Kubel – Thompson – MacEwen
Provorov – Braun
Sanheim – Ristolainen
Yandle – Seeler
3-3-1 (7 Points) 4th in the Pacific
The Canucks come into play tonight after losing their home opener to the Minnesota Wild 3-2. The Canucks haven’t faced many tough teams yet this season and will have another test tonight against the Flyers. This team took advantage of puck luck and poor rebounds to clinch the victory over the Flyers in their last game.
The Canucks are not playing a good defense and are not accumulating many goals, having 19 goals for and 20 against in seven games. They are currently below the league average in penalty shootout percentage at 77.78%. They also have a 23.08% conversion rate in power play.
Canucks captain Bo Horvat leads the way with four goals. Connor Garland follows him with three. Garland and JT Miller both lead the Canucks with eight points each. Their young super star skills haven’t been great yet and for the Flyers that’s pretty important tonight.
Look for Jaroslav Halak to make his second start of the season. He’s 0-1-0 this season. It currently has an SV% of 0.900 and a GAA of 2.08. The Flyers have faced him many times before during his time in Boston, so they should have some familiarity.
Pearson – Horvat – Garland
Highmore – Dickinson – Höglander
Miller – Pettersson – Podkolzine
Dowling – Lammikko – Chiasson
Ekman-Larsson – Myers
Hughes – Schenn
Burroughs – Hunting
When, where and how to watch
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Where: Rodgers Arena
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio broadcast: 97.5 The Fanatic
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