The Flyers poor even strength play caught up to them in Minnesota. A lackluster breakout and transition game led to too little offensive zone time and a paltry few scoring chances. Even when the Flyers successfully gained the zone, a smothering Wild defense kept most shots and chances to the outside. 5v5 chances were 14 - 7 in favor of Minnesota and total chances 15 to 9. The Flyers edged the Wild slightly in total shot attempts but this slim lead is due almost entirely to the Wild sitting on their 2 goal lead late in the game. This loss marks 4 straight road games with sub par even strength play. This trend cannot continue if the Flyers want to survive this road trip and stay competitive in the division. Moving on to the line grades.
- Line 1 ( Hartnell 0, Giroux -2, Voracek -1) D, Average possession numbers relative to the team and slightly outchanced. This unit saw a mix of match ups but drew the Parise line the most. While they were able to generate a few offensive chances, it wasn't nearly enough to make a big difference in the outcome. Like most of the Flyers forward lines, they struggled to limit chances against. Not quite as bad as they were against Nashville but still not good enough to win games.
- Line 2 ( Raffl -3 , B. Schenn 0, Simmonds 0) D, The poorest corsi forwards but it didn't translate to the scoring chances.They broke even with the exception of Raffl, who saw a few shifts away from his linemates. Mediocre overall and they lose points for giving up a goal against. But I'm still a fan of Raffl being in the lineup over guys like Rosehill and Newbury.
- Line 3 ( Downie -5, Couturier -4, Read -4 ) D-, It hurts handing out a poor grade to this line because they've been so successful of late. Somehow this line was the best puck possession line for the Flyers and simultaneously the least successful. They allowed very few shots against, but the ones that got through turned into quality opportunities.To the eye it seemed like they had some quality push back against the top line of the Wild. They we're probably the best Flyers line in transition. But they only combined for one even strength chance for and didn't generate enough quality shots. To top it off, they were directly involved in the first Wild goal, as Couturier failed to contain Pominville right in front of Emery.
- Line 4 ( Rosehill INC, Hall -1, Rinaldo -1) B, Solid low event hockey and Hall and Rinaldo we're amongst the best corsi performers. Rosehill only had 5 minutes of ice time and the scoring chance script I'm using didn't even deem him worthy of a report. I like Rosehill better when he's not on the ice anyway.
- 1st Pair ( Coburn -4, Timonen -4 ) D, Like the Couturier line they actually weren't on the ice for many shots against. But they gave up quality opportunities and were on the ice for the first goal. Sub-par compared to this pair's standards. Kimmo Timonen only played 11 minutes tonight. Not sure if Berube simply benched him or if he's hurt.
- 2nd Pair ( Grossmann -3, Streit -3 ) D, Just as poor at limiting scoring chances and they gave up a goal. This is getting repetitive at this point. Mediocre at best.
- 3rd Pair ( L. Schenn 0, Mezsaros 0 ) C, The only Flyers d-pair to break even in chances. Mez was noticeable in the offensive zone and seems to be playing better. L. Schenn had a few head scratching plays on breakouts but was actually directly involved in a scoring chance, a rarity for him. Berube was successful at keeping them away from the Wild Top-6, which might explain their ok numbers.
- Powerplay C, 2 opportunities, 3 shots, 2 scoring chances, 0 goals. It was mixed bag for the powerplay. On the first opportunity they generated a really good chance off of the play from Simmonds to Voracek that they always try a few times a game. But the second opportunity was completely lifeless.
- Penalty Kill A, 2 opportunities, 1 shot against, 1 scoring chance against, 0 goals against. The PK's hot streak continues. Almost flawless execution.
- Ray Emery B+, Emery stopped 19 of 21 shots and 13 of 15 chances. He was very solid early in the game when the Flyers were spending far too much time defending. Only goal I fault him on is Pominville's. Koivu put a soft blind pass out off of Emery's stick and he just let it lay softly in the slot for the Wild to pounce on.
Overall Team Performance: D
The Flyer's were clearly outplayed for the majority of the contest. Lackluster, boring hockey, and a there are very few positives to glean from this performance. I hate to keep being negative with these posts but until the Flyers prove they can compete 5 on 5 they don't deserve to win games on the road. The most frustrating element is the Flyers complete regression on the breakout. They've reverted back to some bad habits in the transition game and they're struggling to move the puck up ice with any consistency. Neutral zone play is going to be a key thing to watch moving forward.
Chance by Chance Summary:
|Away||1||10:23||Set Up: Simmonds, Chance: Raffl, Result: Miss||3||6||15||22||37||46||10||12||17||22||29||41||5v5|
|Away||1||5:31||Set Up: B. Schenn, Chance: Mezsaros, Result: Shot||2||3||4||15||22||37||10||12||17||22||29||41||5v5|
|Away||2||4:56||Set Up: Read, Chance: Couturier, Result: Shot||3||6||15||22||37||46||8||9||14||24||29||32||5v5|
|Away||2||2:36||Set Up: Giroux, Chance: Voracek, Result: Miss||6||9||11||29||37||46||5||8||19||28||29||93||5v5|
|Away||3||12:55||Chance: Voracek, Result: Shot||6||17||21||24||37||46||19||28||29||32||41||93||5v5|
|Away||3||11:59||Set Up: Simmonds, Chance: Voracek, Result: Shot||9||20||21||25||37||17||19||28||29||44||93||4v5|
|Away||3||11:24||Set Up: Timonen, Chance: Giroux, Result: Miss||20||21||24||25||37||17||19||28||29||44||93||4v5|
|Away||3||9:57||Set Up: Voracek, Chance: Giroux, Result: Shot||3||15||20||22||25||37||5||8||19||28||29||93||5v5|
|Away||3||8:34||Chance: L. Schenn, Result: Shot||3||15||20||22||25||37||10||12||17||22||29||41||5v5|
Away Team Player Summary:
Away Team Period Summary:
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|
Shot Attempts Courtesy of Extra Skater: