Flyers Look to Duck Out of Cali With Another Win
The Flyers are coming off a strong offensive performance in which they found the back of the net seven times in a 7-4 win last night versus the LA Kings. If you did not stay up for the game you can read the recap here.
The Ducks are coming off a road trip that started on Dec 12th. The Ducks went 3-4-0 on that trip and are glad to be back home in friendly territory.
There have been 22 games played between these two teams since Anaheim entered the league in 1993. The Flyers are 9-8-5 overall versus the Ducks and 5-4-2 in Anaheim. The Flyers are on a two game win streak here in Anaheim.
The Ducks are 11-6-1 at home while the Flyers are 11-3-3 on the road this season. The Ducks have been playing pretty much .500 hockey lately going 5-4-1 in their last ten, while the Flyers have gone 7-2-1, allowing 11 goals and scoring two in those two losses.
With the win last night the Flyers (51) pulled within two points of the first place Penguins (53) and one point behind Detroit (52) in the overall standings. The Ducks sit in the 16th spot with 42 points, good for fourth place in the Pacific division.
Anaheim is ninth in the league in power play percentage connecting 20.6 percent of the time. The Flyers rank 16th in that department only being able to connect 17.5 percent of the time. On the penalty kill, the Flyers have the edge on Anaheim with a kill rate of 82.2 percent. Anaheim's kill rate comes in at 79.6 percent.
The Flyers will be without Chris Pronger who will have his foot re-evaluated sometime in the middle of next week. The Ducks will be with out Ryan Getzlaf who suffered multiple sinus fractures after being struck with the puck in his face, he has been placed on IR.
This weekend has been a reunion of sorts for the Flyers and it started last night when the Flyers visited the LA Kings. The Kings have become known as the Flyers of the West when Dean Lombardi left Philly for LA.
He then started recruiting people from the Flyers organization strting with Terry Murray then Ron Hextall and most recently Flyers ex head coach John Stevens. There are also two former Flyers on the Kings roster, Justin Williams and Michal Handzus.
Tonight they will meet up with two more former teammates in Lucas Sbisa and party animal Joffrey Lupul.
The Flyers will need to do a better job in the defensive zone tonight no matter who is in net.Which brings up another question. How long does the goalie-go-round go on for ?
What I am trying to say is Flyers management needs to choose a direction and go. You knew they had to play Leighton at some point no matter what as right now he is not even trade-able.
One goalie will always be cold with this kind of rotation, it is impossible to stay in game shape when you are not playing in games. Why risk starting a cold goaltender just to get him some game action ?
Even though it is a long season, wins are too important in the NHL to gamble away on a goalie who hasn't played in a game in three weeks.
Bobrovsky looks to be part of the future so the real decision is between Leighton and Boosh. Hopefully Bob will get the nod tonight so we can all see how much quicker he is than Leighton and Boosh.
The Flyers need to stay out of the box tonight and need to continue the offensive drive they had in last night's game.
Step Up Players
Bob (Goalie), Carle, Zherdev