Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 38: PHI 1, CAR 3 - CARless
Yeah, that about sums up the 2018 part of the 2018-19 Flyers season.
In their final game of the 2018 calendar year, the Philadelphia Flyers lose, 3-1, to the Carolina Hurricanes, in Carter Hart's first true bad game as an NHL goaltender.
A lot of people will make a big deal out of this, and maybe they should. Hart surrendered 3 goals on 9 shots, including a truly weak tally to Lucas Wallmark and an equally bad one 6 seconds into the 2nd to Jordan Martinook. So far, he's had 3 good games (Detroit, Nashville, Florida), 1 decent game (Columbus, even if the stats don't show it), and now, 1 awful game on Monday night.
But these are the growing pains that will come with having a 20-year old rookie in net. Nolan Patrick had these same nights last year, but usually he was masked by the 11 other forwards around him. As a goalie, all the attention lies on you, for better or for worse. I said when he was called up, I was afraid that a bad game could rattle Hart. But with 4 starts under his belt going into this one with good numbers, I think Starter Hart will return to the Flyers crease again.
It's not like the team in front of him did much to help him, either. The Flyers played a very lethargic game that also felt like the embodiment of their season, only without the furious random 3rd period comeback. Jakub Voracek scored on a one-timer from a good feed from the Wayne Train (keep upping that trade value, Simmer), but it wasn't close to enough. Somehow the Flyers were outshot 11-6 in the final frame, inexcusable considering Carolina should have been forced to back off as the Flyers made their comeback push.
In the end, this was a game of bad play and bad goaltending, which has plagued the first half of the 2018-19 season. As I said last year, it's going to take a miracle for the Flyers to even sniff the playoffs this year. So let's just try to focus on the positives, the growth of young players, and reset all our watches to the trade deadline and hope Chuck can find a good haul for Wayne Simmonds. Happy 2019, everyone.
Another game, another floundering Flyers PP. 0 for 2 Monday night, which saw Sean Couturier slam his stick against the glass in frusturation as the PP woes continued.
Look on the bright side: TWO Flyers prospects already have hat-tricks in the World Junior Championships - Morgan Frost of Canada and Joel Farabee for America. Both were selected with the first round picks the Flyers got for Brayden Schenn, reminding everyone the Flyers did NOT trade Schenn for Jori Lehtera straight up.
Speaking of our old pal Jorald, he has officially been charged in that cocaine scandal in Finland. His accusors are looking for 5 months. I'm looking for an excuse to get him off the Flyers CapFriendly page. Still, Jori says he's innocent, and you have to respect that until proven otherwise.
1st - L. Wallmark (CAR) - 1 G
2nd - A. Svechnikov (CAR) - 1 G
3rd - C. McElhinney (CAR) - .957 SV% (22 Saves/23 Shots)
PHI - 1/1 @ NSH (23-15-2)
CAR - 1/