“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game.
It was nice to come home after a long weekend away to see a dominant Flyers’ team earn their fourth straight win. There’s no reason this streak shouldn’t span over the next two games either. I was out of town for the two previous games and unable to watch them. So, I apologize if I missed any connections.
Since this post is very late and there are countless other articles on last night’s game already, I’m going to go right into some quick thoughts.
- According to Flyers History, the Flyers are now 31-11-7 all time against the Carolina Hurricanes, outscoring them 154-112.
- They are 16-6-3 at home against the ‘Canes. Their last home loss came on 11.28.08. The score was 3-2 and the game went into overtime.
- As it has been mentioned by others, Eric Wellwood looked good with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk. It was great to see Richards and JvR working hard to get Wellwood a goal in his first NHL game.
- The injury to Andreas Nodl, suspension of Danny Briere, and pending departure of Patrick Maroon all conspired to give the 20-year-old Wellwood his first big chance. He stepped up to the challenge, skated hard, and never looked out of place. One game does not make a career but this is a solid start. Let’s see how this story unfolds through the remainder of his call-up.
- Claude Giroux is now playing at a point per game pace, with seven goals and five assists in twelve games, including a nice power play goal last night. He leads the team in goals, points, power play goals, shorthanded goals, and game winning goals. Is there anything he cannot do?
- Jeff Carter was moved back to center to fill in for the suspended Briere. He looked good on the line. It goes to show you that, as long as you keep skating and work hard, good things will happen. Although it may sound counterintuitive, I would like to see Zherdev play a game on this line. Maybe that would help get him going.
- Last night, Bill Clement commented on Ville Leino’s deceptive skating ability. He said that it looks like he’s not skating at all and then, all of sudden, he’s going. He is kind of like a Flinstones’ car in that regard. He’s a slow skater but he keeps his feet going. He has slick moves.
- After a very slow start, Kimmo Timonen now has five points to the season, a goal and four assists. All five points came in the last three games, including an assist last night.
- It took a while for the defense to contribute offensively but now they have collected 17 points, including three goals, on the season. O’Donnell is the only regular defender to remain pointless but it is unlikely he will chip in many points anyway.
- Only four players on the team have a negative +/-. Of the four, only three are regular players: Nikolay Zherdev (-1), Dan Carcillo (-2), and Mike Richards (-4).
- As aforementioned, I did not see the two games prior to last night’s victory but, from my perspective, all of the pieces fell into place last night in the absence of Briere. Carter was able to move back to center and all four lines contributed in some way. The team owned the face off circle, led by Carter’s solid 65% win rate. The Flyers finished at 61% on the night. They were firing on all cylinders and, although not everyone showed up on the scoreboard, even the recently invisible players were noticeable.