The morning after: Flyers @ Devils 11.27.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game.

This game was all Devils early on; it took the Flyers almost half of the period to get their first shot.  The Devils were helped by a four-minute power-play (thanks to Ron Burgundy.  Errr… Scott Hartnell).  This was a quick first period, with few whistles.  Brian Boucher was good early, but he was beaten by Adam Mair (Adam Mair?  Really?) off a Flyers turnover.  Flyers power-play did nothing in the first, and was marked mainly by the absence of Ville Leino and Danny Briere. 

The second period got off to a rather choppy start.  The puck was bouncing a bit, and the play itself was not very smooth (the Flyers passing was also very sloppy).  Overall, this was a boring period, which is pretty typical of Devils hockey when they have a lead.

The third period was by far the best period by the Flyers.  They had long stretches of sustained pressure in the offensive zone, and they looked like they had finally woken up.  There was a scary moment, as Boucher crumpled after getting hit by a shot.  He was stunned, but ended up staying in the game.  Briere scored on the power-play to tie the game (and also make a power-play payoff contestant rather rich). 

The game went into overtime, which featured some fun end-to-end hockey but no scoring.  So, the Flyers had a shootout for the second game in a row.  The Flyers also lost their second game in a row. 

Snapshots:

  • Flyers should have and could have won this game, just as they should have won Friday’s game.  Both games were against lesser opponents and should have been four points in the bag for the Flyers.  However, after seeing the Flyers play these games, it is lucky they got two points out of these games.
  • Afternoon starts seem to be tough for the Flyers.  They need to find a way to come out with more jump in these games.
  • The Prudential Center is like Flyers north – lots of fans clad in orange and black there.
  • The Flyers really need to work on face-offs and their power-play.  Even though Jeff Carter has one of the top face-off percentages, the Flyers lose a lot of face-offs.
  • The Flyers have three consecutive days off (well, no games.  Let’s hope they still practice) – perhaps this will help some of the players who seem banged up.
  • Andreas Nodl has been playing really well, and always has energy – some players could learn from that.
  • The Devils only dressed 17 skaters, as Patrik Elias sat out for personal reasons (congratulations to him and his wife on the birth of a baby girl).  
  • Movember comes to an end soon, which also signals an end to the porn-staches and jokes about the ‘70’s.  It’s a shame that no one was able to grow a lorax-type mustache in a month.