Game Day: Flyers/Habs Rematch
The Flyers are coming off a 5-4 shootout overtime victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. It was not the prettiest of wins but a win none the less.
The Flyers gave up a two goal lead in the third period which they got back with a goal by Andreas Nodl, but their undisciplined play and late penalties gave the Caps three third period power plays which was all they needed to get back in the game.
The Caps would tie the game back up on one of those power plays with 39 seconds left in the game. Brian Boucher held down the fort in OT and the shoot out stopping (as he said in his post game interview) "my son's favorite player" Alex Ovechkin with a nice glove save.
The Habs are coming off a 2-0 shutout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, a game in which both teams and the hockey world mourned the loss of Pat Burns. Carey Price made 30 saves and earned his fourth shutout of the season and his third in six games.
The Flyers are 31-36-16 at home versus the Habs, the Flyers last win at home against Montreal was Feb 12, 2010. The last time these two teams met was last Tuesday at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The Habs took the game 3-0 with the help of two power play goals and a 41 save performance by Carey Price. There was some rough stuff at the end of the game as frustration levels rose on the Flyers end. That is Flyers hockey whether you like it or not, they will send a message for the next matchup (tonight) by being physical at the end of games.
As far as the Richards and PK Subban thing, it is what it is and Richards should have not said anything about it as it makes him look like he is whining about losing. He needed just to show up tonight and let his play speak for itself and take care of the other stuff on the ice not in the media.
Fans look forward to these types of games that has a chance to be physical and that has been played up in the media. Usually these types of games get all this hype and nothing really happens as could be the case tonight with both of these teams being so close in record.
In The Nets
After finally getting a night off Sergei Bobrovsky (11-3-1) 2.29 GAA will be back in net tonight for the rematch with the Habs. Bobrovsky was the goalie of record in the 3-0 loss to the Habs last week stopping 25 of 28 shots.
The Canadiens will go with the red hot Carey Price (12-6-1) 2.00 GAA who has won six of his last eight starts and is leading the league in shutouts with four.
On The Lookout
Mike Richards is the hottest Flyer and he has been over the last three weeks. The Flyers captian has netted 8 goals and 17 assists over his last 13 games and is currently 10th in scoring in the NHL with 23 points.
Giroux seems to come up big in clutch moments and Adreas Nodl has been playing mwith more confidence and is no longer referred to as "Andreas Nogoal".
The Canadies Michael Camellari has been on fire with 3goals and 5 points in his last five games. These numbers hold true for him versus the Flyers, in six career regular season games against the Flyers he has 3 goals and 5 points.
Carey Price is obviously hot right now as mentioned above and Andrei Kostitsyn leads the team in points with 20.
The Flyers have to stop with the careless penalties especially the hgh sticking penalties. They are killing this team, just like Briere's penalty late in the third on Saturday night.
Over the last three games the Flyers penalty kill has been bad giving up eight PP goals, three PP goals in the third against the Caps, three PP goals to Tampa the previous game and two PP goals to the Habs in their last matchup. This trend will continue until the Flyers play more disciplined.
On the flip side the Flyers Power Play was 0-15 until Saturday when they snapped that streak against the Caps on a PP goal by Giroux. When the Flyers do go on the man advantage tonight they may have a tough time with it as the Habs over the last six games have killed 26 of 27 penalties.
As I mentioned in the last Flyers/Habs preview the Flyers need to take the body to slow the speed of the Canadiens and limit the crisp tape to tape passing.
Don't forget to vote for your Flyers in this years All-Star game. Briere, Carter, Richards, Timonen and Pronger on the ballot. Write in Giroux and Bobrovsky !!!! Vote Here.
Step Up Players
Leino, JVR(til he scores), Bobrovsky