Welcome to this week’s 3-on-3, where we look back at the week that was for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Orange and Black had a mini road trip to the West Coast, winning both games and gathering 4 more points, keeping them in the hunt in the Eastern Conference for a top playoff seed. A few key players made their return to the lineup, but would they return “hot” or “not”? Let’s get to this week’s 3 “hot” Flyers:
- The Giroux-Jagr-Harnell line — I could have just made them one through three, but I thought they deserved to be together at the top this week, as Jagr’s return from his groin injury spurred a great comeback against the Ducks. Jagr’s two power-play goals got the Flyers back in the game and Harnell tied it late in the 3rd period to force overtime, where Giroux completed the comeback with a power play goal of his own to win the game. Harnell scored a goal on Saturday as well as did Giroux and Jagr added a helper to help the Fly Guys take their second game in a row. Not surprisingly, all three players have a positive Corsi number taking 3rd (Hartnell-8.6), 6th(Jagr-5.5) and 10th (Giroux-2.7) on the team.
- Kimmo Timonen -- The veteren defenseman has been on fire this past week, with 3 assists against the Ducks and another against the Coyotes. He has needed to play more with the absence of Chris Pronger and has picked up the slack so far and is now tied with Matt Carle in ice time with 21:59 played per game. His plus-8 is third-best on the team and leads all defensemen as well.
- Matt Read — Matt continues his very impressive rookie campaign with a goal and two assists against the ‘Yotes. Read is second in rookie goal scoring to Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 10 this season. He also ranks second on the Flyers in plus/minus with a plus-9, behind only Scott Harnell who is a plus-11. Paul Holmgren continues to look very smart in signing Read as a free agent last season.
- The entire team against the Ducks for the first 30 minutes — The Flyers looked like a team that hadn’t played in six days. They didn’t have their legs right away and looked rusty for the first period and a half. Once they got warmed up, they turned the game around and were able to pull out a win.
- Kevin Marshall — The rookie defenseman has been under fire in his short time with the big club, having been on the ice for 3 goals against in two games. Marshall is still getting used to the speed of the NHL and should start to be more consistent with each game he plays.
- Braydon Coburn — Coburn needs to step up his play with Pronger out and his ice time increasing. He was also on the ice for 3 goals against in the two games this past weekend. As a top four defenseman on the team, his play needs to be more consistent to help even out the rough patches that will happen with two rookies in the lineup on the blue line.
That does it for this week’s 3 on 3, check back next week when we review 3 contests, a road tilt with the Sabres and two home games with the Pens and Bolts.