Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 30: PHI 1, EDM 4 - Oil Drubbed
That McDavid guy is pretty good, huh?
Oh, and fire Hakstol.
The Philadelphia Flyers lose their 3rd straight game, 4-1, in an embarassed effort against the Edmoney Oilers, which is the one nickname I've used that I don't think requires any explanation.
Honestly, not much has changed in my viewpoint since Wednesday. I still think this team is going nowhere and needs to fire Dave Hakstol the second they get back to Philadelphia from their Western Canada road trip, which ends Saturday night in Vancouver. The only difference between this game and Calgary is that I'm calm enough to actually recall what happened.
First things first, we saw the airing of one of the final episodes (hopefully) of Dave Hakstol: What Are You Doing? Hak put Nolan Patrick on the 4TH LINE and AMac back on the top pair just a few weeks after he had been relegated to the press box for a long stretch. Claude Giroux was also on the 2nd line for the first time since (checks notes) 2011, although that was at least justifiable considering that Sean Couturier, not Jori Lehtera, was centering line 1.
Unfortunately, while the Flyers outshot the Oilers 32-22 in this game, in my opinion, the stats don't tell the story. Philadelphia looked prett flat in my eyes for most of the game. They were shutdown whenever they got a decent chance by the red hot Mikko Koskinen, who has seized the starter's role in Edmonton from Cam Talbot. The Flyers dam broke first, as Alex Chiasson buried a career-high 14th goal in front of the net past Stolarz. That's what happens when you get to play on a line with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, I guess.
Despite this, the Flyers were given a golden opportunity to get back into the game early in the 2nd. Drake Cagguila took a costly penlaty, drawing blood from the beautiful face of Nolan Patrick and a 4-minute Flyer power play in the process. Surely this would be the springboard to get them back in it!
Couldn't be farther from the truth. The Flyers managed just 3 shots on goal during the man advantage and by the time it was done had their energy completely sapped. Anthony Stolarz, who has been pretty good over the last 2 weeks, inevitably let his team down for once. First Connor McJesus called bank off a rebound from Draisaitl with Stolarz unable to cover the post in time, and then he compounded that mistake by letting it a pretty stoppable shot from Adam Larsson. Just like that, the dam had burst, and the Oilers were in the drivers' seat.
With new lines wazoo to start the 3rd, the Flyers made their pattened 3rd period futility comeback (TM), outshooting Edmonton 13-7 in the final frame. They "got back into the game" halfway through when a Jake Voracek shot deflected off elite 1st line center Sean Couturier and in, breaking the shutout. But the Flyers never truly felt like a team poised to make a comeback, and McDavid officially put things away with a late empty netter. Yay.
Just get this Vancouver game over and let's fire Hakstol already.
To be fair, no one has beaten Mikko Koskinen at home this year. Literally no one. He's 7-0-0 at Rexall Place with an incredible 7 goals allowed this year. What a pickup for Peter Chirelli and company.
The Flyers, on the other hand, have had a much harder time finding decent goalies over the last 20 years. Since 2000, the Flyers have drafted 23 goalies, yet only 1 has played multiple NHL games (hint - it's the same one who started Friday).
Bad news: Brian Elliott went back to Philly early for medical reasons, suggesting his injury may be even worse than once thought. Good news: Michal Neuvirth went back home to celebrate the upcoming birth of his child (he is out 4-6 weeks with contractions). News: Alex Lyon has called up in Neuvy's absence and will likely start Saturday.
We've got another "What Slumping Player Did the Flyers Let Score Today Award," folks! It goes to Adam Larsson (who was once traded straight up for Taylor Hall, in case you didn't know) for getting his 1st goal of the season. In game 33. The only thing surprising about this is that rookie Caleb Jones, making his NHL debut for Edmonton, didn't light the lamp too.
Yeah, the power play still sucks. 1 power play goal over their last 9 games compared to 3 goals scored shorthanded.
At least Sean Couturier is still good - 6 points in last 4 games, and 3 goals in his last 2 for everyone's favorite elite 1C.
The Flyers are now dead last in the Metro and only one spot above Florida from the basement of the East. One word - change.
1st - M. Koskinen (EDM) - .969 SV% (31 Saves/32 Shots)
2nd - C. McDavid (EDM) - 2 G, 1 A
3rd - A. Chiasson (EDM) - 1 G
PHI - 12/15 @ VAN (14-16-4)
EDM - 12/16 @ VAN (14-16-4)