Welcome to this week’s 3-on-3, a look back at the week that was for the Orange and Black. The Flyers were 1-1 last week, getting two points out of a possible four. Let’s get to this weeks 3 “Hot” and 3 “Not” players of the week.
- Jaromir Jagr: In his return to Pittsburgh, Jagr scored the go ahead goal in the second period and Philadelphia was on its way to its fourth straight victory at the CONSOL Energy Center. The future Hall of Famer made a sick move and scored a pretty backhand goal and then saluted the Penguins crowd. It was a thing of beauty. Another thing of beauty is Jagr’s Corsi rating, which is 11.0, highest on the team, along with being third on the team in points with 31 and third in plus/minus at plus-12.
- Jakub Voracek: The 22 year old Czech had 2 assists in the win over Pittsburgh, moving him into the sixth spot on the team in scoring with 23 points. His Corsi is a respectable 8.0 and his plus/minus is plus-9, both fourth best for the Flyers. Voracek is quietly having a good year, finally finding his way in coach Peter Laviolette’s system.
- Sergei Bobrovsky: The “other” Russian goal has quietly been outplaying his more expensive teammate and picked up another win against the Pens, making him 4-0 against the Pens on the road. Overall “Bob” is 8-2-1 this season, his GAA is half a goal less than Bryz’s and has been very steady so far this year.
- Ilya Bryzgalov: Bryz is “lost in the woods” again, it appears. He is fighting the puck and his confidence is shaken. He lost his only game last week, giving up 5 goals on only 16 shots against Tampa Bay. His GAA of 3.01 is 35th and his save percentage of .890 ranks 43rd in the NHL overall. Hopefully after a short stay on the bench, Bryz can find his game again.
- Harry Zolnierczyk: First off, I love Harry “Z”, but the young rookie is a minus-10, worst on the team and his Corsi is -13.1. It could be because of his line-mates, moving between the third and fourth lines and playing against some of the opponents best players, but Harry Z needs to pick it up and be better in his end.
- Andreas Lilja: Lilja is a serviceable sixth defenseman, but was a minus-1 last week and his Corsi is a woeful -12.8. He will probably be the odd man out when Erik Gustafsson finally comes back from his wrist surgery.
That is all for 3-on-3 this week, join us next week when we look back at the Winter Classic and two home games against Chicago and Ottawa.