The Changes to the Lines Didn’t Work Out Against LA

FLYERS SWITCH UP LINES AS EXPERIMENT IMPLODES IN DEFEAT

…I don’t think “implode” is necessarily the best word to use here.  The Flyers still dominated this game in large parts, firing 41 shots on Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick.  Bottom line?  They ran into a hot goalie.  Still, with the amount of gifted scorers the Flyers have, it’s hard to believe that the team wouldn’t be unable to fire at least one puck into the back of the net.  The Flyers had their chances at even strength and the power play, and also wasted a superb effort from Sergei Bobrovsky, who stopped 24 of 25 shots, including some big saves in the third to keep it a one-goal game.

I’m firmly of the belief of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” so it’s a little puzzling to me as to why Lavy would change his units up in a game where the Flyers could have conceivably gained ground on the Pittsburgh Penguins, who lost to New York.  It’s a tough loss to swallow, and the Flyers don’t really have a lot of time to regroup and figure out Tuesday’s strategy against the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning.  Look for a more standard group of line combinations Tuesday night.

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