After a rough road trip in Florida, the Flyers came out strong to start their Black Friday home game against the Winnepeg Jets. First period chances were 8-1 in the Flyers favor. Overall chances were 15 to 12 for the Flyers, and with a dead tie in even strength chances 12 to 12. Despite some modest push back from the Jets in the second period, the Flyers were firmly in control and finished the game out strong. A solid rebound win for the team and some great individual performances to look at.
Forwards (Even Strength)
- 1st Line ( Hartnell +2, Giroux +1, Voracek+2 ) A, Giroux’s line didn’t dominate by any stretch but it was still a good game for this group. They had a modest edge in scoring chances and shot attempts. While they were the Flyers most effective 5v5 chance producer, they also allowed some chances against. On the bright side, none of those chances turned into goals against. They get extra credit for Hartnells goal early in the first. Overall a respectable performance.
- 2nd Line ( B. Schenn -2, Lecavalier -2, Simmonds -1 ) C, Lecavalier and company struggled to provide offensive pressure against the Scheifele line. They got heavily out shot and gave up the most chances against of any forward unit. Even with Berube giving them their usual sheltered deployment, they simply got outplayed. This unit has been very up and down the last 3 games. Hopefully they can find some consistency on the road.
- 3rd Line ( Downie +2, Couturier, +1, Read +2 ) A, A very impressive game for the Flyers checking line. Berube matched Couturier against the Ladd/Little/Wheeler line and they dominated shot attempts and managed a slight edge in 5v5 scoring chances. This was the Flyers best puck possession line by a long shot. Top top it off they gave up very few chances against. Downie did take a few questionable penalties but this line also drew its fair share of calls against the Jets.
- 4th Line ( Raffl -2, Hall -1, Rinaldo -1 ) D, Very limited ice time and they got crushed in the shot attempts. Although it should be noted that Raffl’s CorsiFor% was quite a bit better than his linemates. And I much prefer him in the lineup over a facepuncher like Rosehill. They also gave up the only Flyers goal against off of a broken play and a scrum in the slot. But its the 4th line for a reason.
D-Pairings (Even Strength)
- 1st Pair ( Coburn +2, Timonen +5 ) A, Timonen had a great offensive game and produced a ton of chances for and overall this pair was very solid. They controlled shot attempts against a tough match up in the Ladd line. The Flyers defense is being carried by the play of this pair.
- 2nd Pair ( Grossmann -4, Streit +3 ) B, I’m not sure what led to the wildly divergent numbers for this pair. Streit had a very strong Corsi performance, second only to Kimmo, and came out well ahead in scoring chances. Whereas Grossmann got slightly edged in shot attempts and came out well behind in scoring chances. Grossman was also a part of the Flyers parade to the penalty box. Usually players have very consistent numbers with their linemates, so who knows what happened here. I’ll just call it a wash and give this pair a B grade.
- 3rd Pair ( Meszaros -2, L. Schenn -5 ) C, This pair was the Flyers weak link defensively. Thoroughly outshot and outchanced despite being matched against the Peg’s 3rd line. Mez didn’t look like he had his game legs, which is understandable for being a healthy scratch most of the season. Only saving grace is they didn’t give up a goal against.
- Powerplay F, 4 opportunities, 4 shots, 1 scoring chance, 0 goals. A pitiful performance. Despite an extended 5v3 opportunity, the powerplay couldn’t generate any meaningful offensive pressure. There were problems with every facet of the PP. Zone entries we’re predictable and easy to defend. Puck movement was almost non existent. And decision making with the puck once they actually managed to gain the zone was equally bad. This unit has been plagued by these same systemic problems for most of the season and its disheartening to see that they haven’t been addressed. Its almost like everyone has forgotten what to do with the puck on the man advantage. No direction and painful to watch. The Flyers PP needs a complete reboot.
- Penalty Kill A++, 6 opportunities, 3 shots against, 0 scoring chances against, 2 scoring chances for, 1 goal for. The Flyers PK was fantastic and was driven largely by the stellar play of Sean Couturier and Matt Read. Even against a struggling Winnepeg powerplay, its impressive for the PK unit to completely shut them out of the game. Couturier alone had 2 short handed breakaways and potted the game winning goal on the second try.
- Steve Mason A+, Mason stopped 25 of 26 shots and 11 of 12 scoring chances. His shutout effort was only spoiled by a flukey broken play in the slot. Dependable as always!
Overall Team Performance: B+
Couturier’s line was dominant and Giroux’s line was solid. And the Flyers completely controlled portions of the game. A flawless PK and another excellent outing for Steve Mason allowed the Flyers to take 2 points and momentum heading into a long road trip. The play of the third defensive pair and the 2nd line wasn’t very good. An abysmal power play effort should be the Flyers biggest concern moving forward. But overall a good win at home!
Home Team Player Summary
Home Team Period Summary Scoring Chances
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Shot Attempts Courtesy of Extra Skater