Thanks to MrFlyerGuy on YouTube for these.
Archive for Florida Panthers
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Florida Panthers tonight to pick up their second victory in a row by a score of 5-2. Onto the quick hits:
– The Flyers outshot the Panthers, 42-36.
– Sergei Bobrovsky continued his stellar rookie season, making 34 saves for his 10th victory of the season.
– Both Mike Richards (5,6) and Claude Giroux (8,9) had two goals on the evening.
– Aside from Richards and Giroux, Ville Leino (2A) and Kimmo Timonen (2A) had two points tonight.
– Timonen led the Flyers in icetime with 20:49 played.
– Andreas Nodl had one assist in only 05:51 played.
– The Flyers are next in action Monday night when they host the Ottawa Senators.
The Flyers returned from a three day lay-off with an 8-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes, highlighted by a 35-save effort from Sergei Bobrovsky and a natural hat-trick from Jeff Carter. The Orange and Black are in first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 10-4-2 and 22 points. They have won seven of their last 8 and are 7-0-1 in that span. The ‘Cats are 7-7-0 in 2010-2011, which has them in last place in the Southeast Division. The Panthers trail first place Washington by ten points. Florida hasn’t lost at home in their last three contests, however, a sign of a potential change of the times at the Bank Atlantic Center.
The Story: This is the first of four meetings this year between the Flyers and the Panthers, with Florida surprisingly having won three of the four meetings between the two sides last year. The Flyers’ lone victory was a 5-1 home win on October 24. The Panthers’ General Manager, Dale Tallon, is the undisputed architect of last season’s Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, a team that defeated the Flyers in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.
Who to Watch on the Panthers: Michael Frolik, Right Wing.
A member of one of the younger (and more inferior) teams in the National Hockey League this season, Frolik has shined in the early-going, posting ten points through the Panthers’ first 14 games (4 G, 6 A). That mark is good enough for first place on the team in scoring. Frolik is in his third NHL season, having posted 21 goals in each of his first two seasons. Like his ex-teammate Nathan Horton who has been saved from the exile players experience in Florida by going to Boston in the off-season, Frolik is a relative unknown commodity in a non-hockey city. Still, his talent is obvious and his skill set will be difficult for the Flyers to contain Saturday night.
The Skinny: The Flyers are five points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, two teams tied for Second place in the Atlantic Division. The Orange and Black have been red hot lately, going 7-0-1 in their last eight games, with their only slip-up being an overtime loss to Washington thanks to a bad call in favor of the Caps that extended into the overtime frame. Sergei Bobrovsky continues to be incredible for the Flyers as a rookie, posting a 2.09 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
Notes: Look for Brian Boucher to finally get some action in net tonight for the Flyers, while Tomas Vokoun should tend goal for Florida. Head Coach Pete DeBoer’s club is a bottom feeder in the National Hockey League this season, but you can bet his club will be anxious to get a shot at the defending Eastern Conference champions tonight. Puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.
The Flyers snapped their five game win streak with a 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers last night. I was unable to catch a second of the game, because I was in the air flying home from covering the Winter Olympics for NBC in Vancouver. I’m glad the flight lasted as long as it did.
For what it’s worth, I didn’t want the Flyers to make a deal at the deadline for a goaltender. Michael Leighton has been playing relatively well recently, and it’s about time the guy got his shot. On the same token, it’s hard not to believe that Holmgren wasn’t second-guessing himself to sleep last night after seeing a goalie he could have potentially acquired – Tomas Vokoun – completely stifle his club. Vokoun was brilliant in the Panthers’ victory – his first action since serving as Team Czech Republic’s goaltender in the Olympics – and showed that acquiring him would’ve been worth the trouble. Still, I just want to make it clear that even though it would be GREAT to have a goaltender of Vokoun’s caliber in the Orange and Black, I’m not really second guessing my earlier statement. The Flyers are still a damned good team, but they had a case of being caught up in the drama of the trade deadline last night. It’s understandable, but not acceptable. As Coach Laviolette said, “I’m worried about the way we played the game. We played mindless hockey. You need to execute in your system, offensively and defensively, and we weren’t successful in either one.”
It’s safe to say that the Friday night tilt in Buffalo (which yours truly will be attending) is going to be crucial for the Flyers’ psyche as they head into a VERY important week. The Flyers host Toronto Sunday night and the New York Islanders Tuesday evening, before ultra-important match-ups on Thursday with the Boston Bruins and Saturday with the Chicago Blackhawks. I’m not going to get into this game much, because quite frankly it’s best summed up as: the Flyers have games in hand on teams behind and ahead of them in the standings, they need to gain those points when their offered to them.
See you for the Buffalo Preview tomorrow.
The Game: The Philadelphia Flyers play their second post-Olympic game in as many days in the Sunshine state as they take on the host Florida Panthers. The Flyers are currently 33-25-3 on the season, good for 6th place in the Eastern Conference, and Third Place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers are 24-28-10 on the 2009-’10 Campaign, which puts them at 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 4th Place in a pourous Southeast Division. The Flyers are winners of 5 straight and 7-3-0 in their last ten contests. The Panthers have struggled of late, going 2-7-1 in their last ten and rapidly slipping out of the playoff race.
The Story: Another game the Flyers flat-out need. This team is now jockeying for playoff positioning and likely will have one or two new faces come puck-drop in Sunrise tonight. The key to this game is not to let the distractions of Deadline Day get the best of the Orange and Black and to have head coach Peter Laviolette keep his teams’ psyche in check. The Panthers are a week team, while the Flyers are just now hitting their stride. Mike Richards looked great last night for the Flyers, tallying 4 points in a 7-2 win over Tampa Bay. Look for some more strong play from him, as well as a spark from Scott Hartnell tonight – he’s due.
Who to Watch on the Panthers: Stephen Weiss and David Booth. Weiss is definitely someone to keep an eye on tonight because he has certainly had his way against the Flyers over his career, most notable with a 4 point night (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two teams’ last meeting, a 4-1 win for Florida. He is a strong centerman and works exceptionally well on Florida’s top Power Play unit. David Booth is still just getting back to the ice after having his clock cleaned by Mike Richards in an October game in Philadelphia between these two teams. Even though he likely doesn’t remember the hit, he definitely remembers Richards and the Flyers, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he came out like gangbusters tonight in Florida. Booth’s only played in 17 games this season due to complications from his concussion, tallying 7 points.
The Skinny: The Panthers have surprisingly won two of the three contests the Flyers have played against them this year. Overall, the Flyers are 1-2-0 against the boys from Sunrise as tonight marks the final meeting between the two teams.
Notes: Goaltender Ray Emery is out for the season after battling injuries for the better part of the campaign. While it’s a shame that Razor is done, there’s no time to dwell on it with the Flyers pushing for playoff hockey right now. With it looking more and more as if the Flyers are content to stay pat with Michael Leighton in between the pipes, it’s time for the rest of the Flyers world to put their faith in him. A team can only go so far as their goaltending as has been proven many times before. The Flyers have the players to make noise come playoff time, but their goaltending will consistently be questioned. It’s up to Leights to make sure those questions are put to rest.