Anaheim Ducks (9-3-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (3-7-0), 7:00pm, CSN-Philly/PRIME
After a pair of wins, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves sitting at 3-7-0 and arguably still searching for their first impressive victory of the season. With one win coming against a Florida Panthers team that saw Tim Thomas let in two soft goals and a sloppy win against the New York Rangers, the Orange and Black did look strong against the New York Islanders for their third win of the year on Saturday. However, it did come against Kevin Poulin and a squad who just played against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pennsylvania the night before.
Excuses can be made for the Flyers’ losses this season just like excuses can be made not to put too much faith into the Flyers’ wins in 2013-2014. This game, however, is a good test that shouldn’t yield many excuses either way. Anaheim is banged up, but they aren’t missing their biggest components like the Rangers were on Thursday. Jonas Hiller should be in net for the Ducks when the two clubs meet tonight to see who will win their third straight game.
The Ducks are in the midst of an eight-game road trip and the tilt at the Wells Fargo Center will be their fifth straight contest away from Anaheim. After they lost the first two games on the trip, they beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Friday night and the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Sunday.
Steve Mason has looked great for Philly so far this season and he will need to have another big game if the Flyers want to win. Having scored three goals or more in seven of their 12 games this season, Anaheim sits in the top 10 in the NHL in terms of goals-per-game with 3.17. To compare the teams, the Flyers are in the bottom three of the league with a 1.80 goals-per-game average.
One major change to the lineup for tonight’s game will be Andrej Meszaros taking the spot of Erik Gustafsson. According to those close to the team, head coach Craig Berube hasn’t liked the way Gustafsson has played over the last few games and he wanted to see what Meszaros can do when given another chance. He is expected to be paired with Kimmo Timonen.
Against the Eastern Conference: 4-2-0
Against the Metropolitan Division: 2-0-0
Against the Western Conference: 0-2-0
Against the Pacific Division: 0-2-0
Patrick Maroon – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Emerson Etem – Nick Bonino – Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano – Rickard Rakell - Daniel Winnik
Kyle Palmieri – Peter Holland – Devante Smith-Pelly
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Sami Vatanen
Michael Raffl – Claude Giroux – Vincent Lecavalier
Scott Hartnell – Brayden Schenn – Jakub Voracek
Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds
Zac Rinaldo – Max Talbot – Jay Rosehill
Kimmo Timonen-Andrej Meszaros
Nicklas Grossmann-Braydon Coburn
Mark Streit-Luke Schenn
Goals: Corey Perry, 6
Assists: Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, 7
Points: Corey Perry, 13
Power-Play Points: Ryan Getzlaf, 3
Plus/Minus: Hampus Lindholm, Plus-11
PIMs: Bryan Allen and Patrick Maroon, 15
Average TOI: Cam Fowler, 22:55
GAA: Frederik Andersen, 1.50
Save Percentage: Frederik Andersen, .944
Goals: Vincent Lecavalier, 4
Assists: Claude Giroux, 5
Points: Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn, 6
Power-Play Points: Vincent Lecavalier, Brayden Schenn, and Mark Streit – 3
Plus/Minus: Max Talbot, Plus-2
PIMs: Zac Rinaldo, 22
Average TOI: Claude Giroux, 21:47
GAA: Steve Mason, 2.15
Save Percentage: Steve Mason, .930
Saku Koivu- Concussion (Injured Reserve)
Sheldon Souray- Wrist injury (Injured Reserve)
Jakob Silfverberg- Broken right hand (Injured Reserve)
Mathieu Perreault- Sprained left wrist (day-to-day)
Luca Sbisa- Sprained left ankle (Injured Reserve)
Viktor Fasth- Lower-body injury (Injured Reserve)
Matt Beleskey- Upper-body injury (Injured Reserve)
Dustin Penner- Mild Concussion (sidelined indefinitely)
Former Flyers in Anaheim’s organization
With Anaheim: Luca Sbisa, Patrick Maroon, Glen Cochrane (Scout)
With the Norfolk Admirals (AHL): Ryan Parent, Jarrod Skalde (Assistant Coach)
With the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL): NONE
Former Ducks in Philadelphia’s Organization
With Philadelphia: Ray Emery, Chris Pronger, Jay Rosehill (Norfolk Admirals last season), Antero Niittymaki (Currently Flyers’ Scout, played with Syracuse Crunch in 2011-2012).
With the Adirondack Phantoms: NONE
With the Greenville Road Warriors: Jean-Michel Rizk (Norfolk Admirals last season), Justin Vaive (Ducks’ 4th-round pick in 2007 NHL Entry Draft).