“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game.
- Michael Leighton played an average game in net last night and suffered a back injury during the game. It’s hard to say exactly how this affected his play but it was far from the first time that Leighton was unable to steal a game when the team in front of him was playing poorly.
- Fortunately, Nikolai Zherdev and Claude Giroux had instant chemistry last night and helped the team rally back. Zherdev scored two goals and Danny Briere potted the game-tying goal late in the third period to send the team to its third straight shootout. Giroux and Briere also scored in the shootout.
- Claude Giroux was once again the best player on the ice last night, leading the team in takeaways, assists, and +/-. He also had two blocked shots. Maybe this season will get off to a much quicker start for him.
- Braydon Coburn quietly played another strong game last night but he wasn’t as physical as he has been in the preseason.
- Andrej Meszaros played his best game in a Flyers uniform, finishing up a +1 with three blocked shots. He logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time.
- Mike Testwuide, Eric Wellwood, Marc-Andre Bourdon, and Erik Gustaffson all played well and stood out last night. I think Bourdon will have a breakout season in the AHL.
- On the other hand, Oskars Bartulis played his worst game of the preseason last night. He was in ’10 playoff form, which is to say that I felt worried when he was on the ice.
- The power play has looked terrible but there’s little cause for concern here. The way the special teams look in the preseason is likely not indicative of how they will look in the regular season, when the actual starters dress.
- Finally, here are some meaningless preseasons stats: Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher are among the league leaders in save percentage, at .955 and .952 respectively. Leighton has faced the most shots in the league but has a GAA of 3.64 and a SV% of .898. Despite playing only one game, Zac Rinaldo is in the top four in penalty minutes with 19. Giroux leads the league in shootout goals with two. The Flyers own this category, as all three of their games have ended in a shootout. Coburn and Giroux are tied for the league lead in +/- at +3. Giroux is also tied for third in assists with three. Zherdev (2) now has more preseason goals than Simon Gagne (1).