Opening the preseason on Long Island, the Flyers dropped the game 3-0.
There is not much to read into on the defeat though, as the Flyers sent mostly Phantoms and prospects to Long Island while the Islanders dressed mostly an NHL lineup. That said, the biggest concern was the Flyers penalty kill, which gave up two goals in the game.
Travis Sanehim left with an upper body injury in the second period. Hopefully he was pulled for precautionary reasons, but we will know more tomorrow when Flyers GM Ron Hextall provides the next update.
Anthony Stolarz started in goal, stopping 13 of 15 shots in just under half a game of action. Alex Lyon played the balance, stopping 9 of 10 shots.
Stolarz is looking to make his way back in the conversation as an injury callup after spending most of last season injured for the Flyers. While Lyon is hoping to build on the 11 games he played while filling in for Brian Elliot and Michal Neuvirth who were injured.
In what might be a preseason battle for a spot on Defense opened up by the Andrew MacDonald and potential Sanheim injuries, TJ Brennan led the team with just over 23 minutes of ice time, at just under 22, Phil Myers was second. Both played more than virtual roster locks Robert Hagg and Christian Folin. Reece Willcox was fifth in ice time on the blueline, ahead of only the injured Sanheim.
All in all, the Flyers opened up looking a step behind, however in reality, given the quality of lineups dressed, this probably isn’t a reason for concern at this moment, at the end of camp, the majority of the Flyers roster from today will be in Lehigh Valley or Reading, while this was basically the Islanders opening roster on the other side. Even Hagg and Folin, if they stay paired will be dropped to the third pairing while, hopefully, Ghost, Provorov, Gudas and Sanheim occupy the top 4 slots.
So, while the loss looks bad on paper, it’s not yet a cause for concern.