This wasn't as bad a game as some might have you believe. The Flyers played well early but tailed off towards the end of the game. Lets jump right in and look how each line faired.
1st Line ( Hartnell 0 , Giroux -1 , Lecavalier -1) C-, Giroux and company had a rough game. They lost the possession battle decisively with all 3 players in the bottom third of the team in CorsiF%. Berube gave them a tough match-up as their most frequent opponents were the Tlusty, E. Staal, and Semin line, and the Sekera/Faulk D-pairing. Their score would be lower BUT despite losing the shot battle they actually almost broke even on scoring chances. Offensively they were dangerous and generating chances but they were giving up just as many as they got. Give Hartnell credit for potting the only Flyers goal tonight as well. I'd like to see more consistency from what is ostensibly the Flyers "best line".
- 2nd Line (Raffl 0, Couturier -4, Read -4) C-, Couturier saw the most ice time out of any Flyers forward and got a relatively tough defensive usage tonight. His line started most of its shifts in the defensive zone and saw lots of minutes against the Staal line. They lost the possession battle, and Couturier in particularly had rough night in terms of CorsiF%. On top of that, they bled scoring chances against. Overall I'd call it a bad night for this grouping, but their poor grade is tempered by their defensive usage. If they continue to get tough minutes, we need them to limit scoring chances against or at least break even with chances for. They failed in that department against the Canes.
- 3rd Line ( Voracek +5, Schenn +6, Simmonds +4) A, Surprise! This was the best Flyers line tonight. They were matched primarily against the Jordan Staal line and won the possession battle handily. Brayden Schenn was the best Flyers at driving play tonight with the top CorsiF% on the team at 68%. This group did everything right but score. Voracek in particular had 4 scoring chances coming off his stick tonight but couldn't bury one. Lets see if this combo stays together long enough to put together a few games of consistent play?
- 4th Line ( McGinn 0, Rinaldo +1, Hall -1) C+, Almost no ice time and again no discernible match up. They get a passing grade for managing to basically break even on chances. Not much possession generated when they were on the ice either.
Defensive Pairings (Even Strength)
1st Pair (Coburn -1, Timonen +3) B+, Another solid night for this pair against tough competition. They saw a lot of E.Staal's line and broke even on puck possession and came out slightly ahead on scoring chances. Kimmo Timonen was once again the best Flyer d-man at driving play forward. They weren't shutdown good by any means as they saw chances go both ways. But overall still a good performance.
2nd Pair ( Grossman -3 , Streit 0) C-, Matched against the Jordan Staal line, this d-pair had a pretty average outing. They lost the possession and scoring chance battle, although Streit managed to break even in both regards. It wasn't terrible, but they need to do a better job limiting the other team's chances. Consider this a hefty step backwards from the last game.
3rd Pair ( Meszaros +4 , Gill +1) B-, Not a tough night match up wise for this pair. Their most frequent opponent was the Cane's 4th line followed closely by the third. That said, they did break even on possession and won the scoring chance battle. In the future, you'd like to see them take more advantage of such soft usage.
Power Play D+, 4 opportunities, 3 shots, 1 scoring chance, 1 goal. Yet another absymal effort on the Flyers power play. Yes, they managed through sheer luck to score a goal but they generated almost no pressure. Something has to give with this unit. They need to start putting up shots and chances to take advantage of the ample opportunities they are getting. Right now power plays are killing any 5 on 5 momentum for the Flyers.
- Penalty Kill B+, 4 opportunities, 6 shots against, 3 chances against, 0 goals. The Flyers penalty kill continues to be a pillar of strength. They did give up some chances but they managed to survive a 5 on 3 and even generated a great scoring opportunity off of the stick of Sean Couturier. Not much to complain about here.
- Steven Mason A+, Mason was a brick wall tonight stopping 36 of 38 shots. You can't fault him on either goal as both were grade A chances right in the slot. He almost saved the game with an incredible effort on the Cane's late tying goal. The #Stevezina train rolls on.
Overall Team Performance C+:
The Flyers actually came out with a strong effort in the first two periods tonight. They won the shot battle early and went +5 in scoring chances at even strength in the first period. The 2nd period was basically a defensive dead lock with neither team giving much ground. This game was lost in the 3rd period as the Flyers registered 0 chances at even strength while ceding 5 to the hurricanes, including the tying goal. If the Flyers could have held on to win this one, I think we'd have a much different outlook on this game. Unfortunately, the Canes really took hold this game in the last 10 minutes or so. We saw a very good game for the Schenn line but it was again a one-line show for the Flyers offensively. Giroux's line looked okay at times but didn't do enough to limit chances against. Solid effort from the defense, particularly Kimmo Timonen. 3rd periods are a major concern for this club right now. They can't seem to sustain the offensive effort for 60 minutes and that leads to defensive breakdowns late in games. Alas, this will go down as another winnable game that the Flyers couldn't quite close out.
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Shot Attempts courtesy of Extra Skater