In today's piece we will take a look the first month of the NHL season. There have been some hot starts by teams and individual players. There have also been some poor starts by others. First up will be team statistics through the first month.
Michael Raffl scored two goals in three games for the Flyers this week.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
It's time once again to name Flyerdelphia's Player of the Week and Play of the Week.
Our Player of the Week is Michael Raffl. Raffl scored in both the Flyers win over the Kings on Tuesday and added a second goal on Thursday in Tampa Bay. Despite two losses in the last two games, Raffl registered four shots on Thursday and five shots on Saturday against the Panthers. Before being held off the board on Saturday, Raffl had a streak of goals in three straight games, scoring four goals in that time.
Our Play of the Week goes to Ray Emery. His clutch save against the Kings was just one of the many Emery made to help the Flyers force overtime before Brayden Schenn's game-winning goal.
On this save, Emery loses his stick and is forced to throw his arms up while sitting down in the crease. From his rear end, Emery swats the puck to the corner. Video of the save is below.
Check back next week for our next Player and Play of the Week following three more Flyers games against the Oilers, Panthers and Avalanche - all at home - next week.
The Florida Panthers had the first pick of the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia in June. That pick, defenseman Aaron Ekblad, was on the ice for the Flyers first game of November in Florida.
Ekblad and the rest of the Panthers defense contributed to thwarting every attempt the Flyers made to score. The Flyers didn't beat Roberto Luongo until there were under 10 seconds left in the game.
But there was another reason for that. The Flyers, on paper, certainly matched up well with a young Panthers team. The effort simply wasn't there. And it resulted in a more embarrassing loss than any score that could be on the board.
The Kansas City Scouts were in their second year of existence following the 1974 NHL Expansion from 16 to 18 teams - the other being the Washington Capitals. Short on talent and led by former Flyer Simon Nolet, who was chosen by the Scouts in the Expansion Draft, the Scouts had been embarrassed a year prior in a 10-0 whitewash by the Stanley Cup Champs.
New season, same story…
Once again on this November day, the Flyers peppered Scouts goalie Bill McKenzie with 51 shots en route to another 10-0 win. Bobby Clarke, Orest Kindrachuk and Mel Bridgman each had two goals and Wayne Stephenson collected the second regular-season shutout of his career. Ironically, his first was also against the Scouts, a 3-0 win on March 1, 1975.
There are two Flyers team records that involve the Kansas City Scouts franchise:
The KC Scouts are the only NHL team the Flyers have beaten 10-0 twice.
They are the only team that the Flyers have never lost to, posting a record of nine wins and a tie in the Scouts’ two year existence
With the Scouts suffering in Kansas City due to poor attendance and mounting debt, the Scouts franchise was sold to a group headed by Jack Vickers. He would move the team to Denver to start the 1976-77 season and subsequently renamed them the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies would play six NHL seasons there before relocating to New Jersey after the 1981-82 season to become the New Jersey Devils.
Mike Watson is a contributing writer for Flyerdelphia. Follow him on twitter @Mwats_99.