The Philadelphia Flyers (8-12-3) head out to the west coast for a three game swing. They look to put an end to their four game losing skid as the take on the San Jose Sharks (11-10-4) at the SAP Center. Game time is 10:00.
The lack of secondary scoring for the Flyers is something that has been discussed about recently not only by fans and writers, but by Flyers Owner Ed Snider as well. Yesterday Snider mentioned that he was fed up with the lack of scoring by players other than Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.
Snider mentioned three players by name: Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds. Giroux and Voracek each have put up healthy, league leading numbers throughout the beginning of the season, but the production hasn’t been there for Couturier, Read and Simmonds.
Simmonds has been moved up and down the lineup this season, playing at least 30 minutes with 9 different forwards. He has finally been put on a consistent line, with Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton, that has had some of the best scoring chances in recent games. I’m not worried about Simmonds at this point, but I am worried about the negative light that is being shined on Couturier and Read.
No one is arguing that Couturier and Read haven’t produced, but there is an argument to be made that they are not being put in a situation to produce.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms hosted the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday night. After being pulled after the first period the game before, Anthony Stolarz was back between the pipes for the Phantoms against former Phantom Yann Danis.
The Phantoms struck early with a goal scored by Austin Fyten, his second of the season, with assists from Jason Akeson and Steven Delisle as the Phantoms jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just over a minute into the game.
Norfolk came back with a goal of their own before the end of the period, and scored the first tally of the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
From there on out it was almost all Phantoms, with Blair Jones picking up 2 goals and an assist over the course of 3 minutes late in the 2nd period. Taylor Leier also picked up a goal and an assist, with Brandon Manning assisting on all 3 goals.
That was all they would need as Stolarz stopped 35 of the 38 shots that came his way for the 4-3 victory.
Blair Jones now has 7 points in just 6 games with the Phantoms, which could lead to a potential recall by the Flyers due to their struggles.
Brandon Manning’s 3 assists gave him 16 points on the season in just 17 games. The Flyers have a wealth of depth defensemen currently, but its always nice to have a trustworthy defenseman waiting in the wings.
The Reading Royals got royally romped by the Greenville Road Warriors on Saturday night by the score of 8 to 3 after defeating them 5-2 the night before.
Greenville scored the first 3 of the night before the Royals got on the board early in the 2nd period.
The Road Warriors scored the next 5 goals before the Royals came back with 2 in the 3rd to make the score a more respectable 8 to 3.
Ryan Gilbert is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia and can be found on Twitter @RiskyBryzness
With the Flyers coming off a disappointing defeat in the first round of the playoffs that summer, the Flyers were looking to get back to their winning ways. The bar was set pretty high in the 1988-89 season as they looked to get back to their pursuit of Lord Stanley’s’ Cup once again.
Out was fiery coach Mike Keenan as GM Bob Clarke replaced him with Paul Holmgren. After a quick 5-1 start, the team started struggling to win. A 3-10-1 clip over 14 November games simply wasn’t acceptable and a trade was made that shook up the locker room. Centerman Peter Zezel, popular among the players and fans - especially those female fans - was dealt to St. Louis for centerman Mike Bullard.