“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game.
Overall, last night’s 9-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres was a forgettable one but there is no reason to be worried. The Flyers only dressed a handful of players who will be on the opening night roster.
Bill Guerin played his last unimpressive game of the preseason and, quite possibly, in a Flyers uniform. The local media was unanimously doubtful that Guerin would be offered a contract.
Frank Seravalli hints that Andreas Nodl may make the team. He played well in seven preseason games but failed to register a single point.
Johan Backlund saw his first action of the year and he let in seven goals on 20 shots. Backlund, who had hip surgery in the offseason, will likely need some more AHL conditioning before he’s ready to play on the big club. It’s likely at this point that Sergei Bobrovsky will make the team to start the season.
Bobrovsky was the lone bright spot in the game but he did not play his best game of the preseason either. He stopped 13 of 15 shots and had some help from the posts.
If the Flyers did not already have too many goalies signed, I would suggest that they acquire Erik Ersberg to backup Brian Boucher, who appears to be the odd man out in L.A.
While Dan Carcillo may be sluggish on account of his offseason surgeries, his ailments had no affect on the poor decisions he is making on the ice. Although I am not clear on what happened, Carcillo received a 10 minute misconduct and a game misconduct last night.* He lead the league in both penalties taken (10) and penalty minutes (58) in the preseason.
Whether Guerin makes the team or the Flyers promote Nodl or another prospect, you have to wonder if it is Carcillo who is playing himself into the 13th forward spot.
*Bill Meltzer said he was “yapping at the refs.”