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The Flyers continued their losing ways tonight in Edmonton by a score of several goals to 1. While they did not play a horrible all-around game, they once again made too many defensive mistakes and could not find a way to produce on special teams. Steve Mason was great and kept the Flyers in the game longer than they deserved, but could not cover for his defense as the game went on.
The Flyers game out flat once again and fell behind early on when Nick Schultz was caught out of position in the defensive zone. They would fall into a rhythm and generate some chances as the period went on, but failed to even the game before the period ended.
The second period saw the Flyers score their only goal of the game before quickly falling behind again. Matt Read made a strong move in front of the net after carrying the puck through both the defensive and neutral zones. The Oilers would get the goal right back on the power play after Nick Schultz got distracted by a Polish Water Ice vendor and skated into Steve Mason. The Flyers had 7 power play opportunities in the second and generated 113 scoring chances but failed to finish the job on all of them.
The third period was more of the same, as Edmonton quickly scored several more goals to extend their lead to several to 1. Nick Schultz was caught out of position on several of the goals. He did finish the game with a strong stat line, posting 5 hits and 3 blocks (-6 rating).
All around it was a good effort from the Flyers tonight, but they could not keep it together in the defensive zone. Some more thoughts:
-Evgeny Medvedev returned to the lineup tonight and the Flyers shockingly had a better game in the neutral zone.
-Jakub Voracek had 62 shots on goal tonight but could not score his first of the season. Eventually they’ll start going in, you guys!
-Only one line really spent consistent time in the offensive zone tonight. This has become a theme for the Flyers during their 5 game losing streak. Tonight it was the Read/Laughton/Simmonds line.
-Despite coming up short during 31 minutes of power play time tonight, I’m not worried about the power play. They will start scoring at some point! I think it is going to be any day now! I’d look for them to score on Thursday!
The Flyers return to action on Thursday at Calgary. I’ll have my recap posted at some point on Wednesday morning! Thanks for reading!