The Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-8) return home to take on Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks(25-19-7) on Tuesday night. This is the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. Game time from the wells Fargo Center is 7:00.
The Ducks handed the Flyers a 4-2 loss in Anaheim back on December 27th. That game was the first loss of a California swing that saw the Flyers lose all three games against Pacific Division foes.
Fifty years ago today, Ed Snider received a brief, yet important phone call as NHL owners wrapped up a series of meetings in New York City.
Courtesy of the NHL Expansion Committee boss Bill Jennings, it was about as brief a phone call as one can get.
And with that, professional ice hockey in Philadelphia was revived. The Philadelphia Flyers -- though they did not have that name yet at the time -- had the foundation laid for them to form a club. The NHL was set to undergo a rapid and unprecedented period of expansion (the likes of which certainly will never be duplicated again), and Philadelphia was one of the few cities that would get to capitalize on the opportunity.
After New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh missed the remainder of Saturday's game following his first-period skirmish with Wayne Simmonds -- a skirmish that unjustly saw the 'Wayne Train' receive a game misconduct -- the team announced Monday that McDonagh will miss time with a concussion.
Via Andrew Gross of the Bergen (N.J.) Record, coach Alain Vigneault was furious at losing his captain for an extended period of time, and even more livid that Simmonds received no supplemental discipline.
The Philadelphia Flyers played a strong first period, jumping on the Washington Capitals. If it wasn't for Braden Holtby, the Flyers easily could've gone up by a few goals. As it was, Holtby kept the Caps in the game and the Flyers didn't play very well protecting a lead. Again.
Starting with the Claude Giroux line, they didn't create their usual number of chances. Their Corsi was ultimately under 50%, although playing against the Alex Ovechkin line is a tough task. These players also played pretty well on the power play, but Holtby kept them off the board. They end the game -2, but didn't do much wrong on either goal conceded.
On the second line, Nick Cousins picked up his first NHL point when it looked like Sam Gagner tipped one in. This line didn't end up with a great Corsi, but they created some offense while playing against good competition. In my opinion, Brayden Schenn may have been the weakest player on the line today.
The Scott Laughton line really stepped up today. Matched up against the Caps third line, they had good possession numbers and had some great chances.
Lastly, not a great night for the Pierre-Edouard Bellemare line. Despite having sizable minutes against the Caps fourth line, they had poor possession numbers. Ryan White also took two penalties. They were +1 on the goal by Nick Schultz, but not terribly impressive.
The pair of Shayne Gostisbehere and Michael Del Zotto played a strong game. The two had nearly identical stats so Del Zotto's bubble is not visible above. Del Zotto scored the game's first goal with an assist from Ghost, thus extending Ghost's point streak. All this while playing the Ovechkin line even in goals and shot attempts. They did however make a critical error, leaving the middle of the ice wide open on Matt Niskanen's game-winning goal.
The pair of Nick Schultz and Mark Streit didn't fair nearly as well against the Ovechkin line. They did a bit better against the Evgeni Kuznetsov line, and Schultz blasted in a goal off a faceoff to tie the game in the second period. Streit also had a golden opportunity on the power play, but didn't get good wood on the shot and Holtby made a fantastic save.
Lastly, the pair of Evgeni Medvedev and Radko Gudas had okay numbers, but could've been better. At times they struggled moving the puck out of the zone, and on one nightmare shift in the second period conceded both Caps goals.
Marc Naples is a contributor to Flyerdelphia and Sports Talk Philly. Follow him on Twitter@SuperScrub47.
As the news was released about Sean Couturier being on the injury list for four weeks due to a lower-body injury, a collective sigh could be heard all across Philadelphia. A talented forward was down, almost necessary for the Flyers to have success, was down.
How do you replace a player who seems irreplaceable? Enter center Nick Cousins, who was called from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Cousins is having an excellent season with the Phantoms. He is tied sixth with 12 goals, 26 assists totaling 38 points. Cousins is also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with four and second in power play points with 13. Cousins was also selected to play in last week's AHL All-Star Game.
With only 17 NHL games under his belt, it's a herculean task for the rookie center, who has been thrown into the fire being asked to fill some big skates for a team still in the hunt for a playoff spot.