All three played well, but only one gets a stick tap. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Scott Hartnell rebounded from a terrible Game One, so will Braydon Coburn and Ryan Parent rebound in similar fashion? Certainly, having the ability to get the last change should assist the players due to the favorable matchups.
Jump to see the numbers from a much better game.
As usual, we'll start with the zone start numbers in bullet form. Here is the full chart, for those interested.
- The Flyers took 12 offensive zone draws versus only 6 defensive in the game, so any large variation will be noted.
- As was brought up in the last thread, icings should be noted. Two of the Flyers defensive zone draws were the result of icings.
- Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn were on the ice for both defensive-zone draws after icings.
- Of the 4 non-icing defensive zone draws, Matt Carle and Chris Pronger were on the ice for 3 of them.
- Among the forwards, only Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, and Arron Asham were out for 2 non-icing defensive zone draws. Certainly, this had to be a matchup issue, as both draws were taken by Jamie Langenbrunner.
- On the offensive side, Chris Pronger (9), Matt Carle (8), and Danny Briere (5) were on the ice for the most offensive draws. Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and Claude Giroux were right behind at 4 each.
Not really much to glean from here except that Coburn and TImonen's numbers need to be looked at through the prism of disadvantaged zone starts. Additionally, Pronger (12) and Carle (11) are just beasts who are always on the ice.
Here is the link to the Fenwick and Corsi numbers.
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Again, we'll start with the baselines: The Flyers outshot the Devils at even-strength 23-12. Including missed shots, that number falls to 29-27. Including blocked shots, that number is 41-40. The Devils fired a lot of shots that didn't get to Brian Boucher, but they still fired a ton of shots.
Shots on Goal
The Simon Gagne - Mike Richards - Dan Carcillo line had a pretty good night. Gagne and Carcillo both outshot the opposition 8-2 while Richards ended up 6-2.
The only two people to get outshot last night were James van Riemsdyk and Arron Asham, both outshot 4-3. If only Martin Brodeur didn't pokecheck JVR...
What's amazing: In 7:12 of ES TOI, Ian Laperriere did not allow a shot on goal. Plus, in 6:54 of ES TOI, Blair Betts did not allow a shot on goal. That is just spectacular. Darroll Powe played 8:25 during ES and only allowed 1 shot. Truly, the fourth line is getting it done. And last night, the first line got it done. Even the second-line had a good game, even if it wasn't nearly as good as the first or fourth lines.
Fenwick Numbers (SOG + Missed Shots)
Missed shots allowed the Devils to make the puck-possession stats (Fenwick and Corsi) look a lot closer than the eye would have believed. When counting missed shots, the Devils only got two fewer shots through than the Flyers.
Carrying over the theme, Betts and Powe still only allowed ONE Devil shot to reach the net, with Betts not even hitting the target. Plus, Chris Pronger is just incredible. In over 16 minutes of even-strength ice time with him on the ice, the Devils only got 4 shots on net. Plus, they only got 10 shots through to the net. Just fantastic work by Pronger last night.
Nearly every player - save Powe, Betts, and Laperriere - saw their Fenwick numbers drop because of missed shots. Only Powe, Pronger, and Betts finished with a higher Fenwick than the team. Truly phenomenal work by those three last night.
Corsi Numbers (Fenwick + Blocked Shots)
At even strength, these two teams were essentially even in Corsi - separated by only one shot. The Flyers fired 41 shots to the Devils 40. Despite this, there are two HUGE outliers. First, the positive. Chris Pronger finished a +10 in Corsi. That's ten times better than the team. When he was on the ice, the Flyers directed 22 shots at Marty Brodeur while the Devils countered with 12. Amazing, amazing work.
On to the negative, though. As the team finished a plus-1 in Corsi, Braydon Coburn finished a minus-9. Normally, this would be atrocious and deserving of a rant. Not this time. Of that minus 9, 7 came due to the Flyers blocking shots. The Flyers only blocked 13 even-strength shots last night, and Coburn was on the ice for 8 of them. When you add in the fact that he was on the ice for 3 defensive zone draws, two of which immediately following an icing, and this is completely forgivable. This isn't to say Coburn had a great game - even with the goal he saved - because he still finished even (5-5) in shots on goal while the team was a plus-11 (23-12). This is just to say that his massively awful Corsi is entirely the result of Devils shots that never reached the net. All 9 of his -9 came from missed and blocked shots. He's forgiven.
Really, there is only good news here. And the good news is that the Flyers 1st line was able to control the play, Pronger played like a Conn Smythe Winner last night, and the Flyers fourth-line was incredibly effective.
A stick tap to Chris Pronger, Blair Betts, and Ian Laperriere in particular. Job well done.