For the first 40 minutes, Monday's game was dominated by the Flyers. A red hot powerplay and a few fortuitous calls from the officials helped turn it into a rout on the scoreboard. But the Flyers strong PP performance belies an even better even strength game against one of the best 5v5 teams in the East.
Tampa Bay's only sustained pressure came in the 3rd period when the score was already out of hand. Through two periods, the Flyers out-chanced the Lightning 12-5 at evens.
Home/Away Chance Locations
Both head coaches will probably be upset with how easy it was for the opposition to find the middle of the ice both on the PP and at 5v5.
For a team that has had year long struggles with scoring depth, it is encouraging to see the bottom three lines all contributing offensive chances.
I don't want to read too much into this given their match up and the late game score effects, but Couturier's line continues to get railroaded defensively in tough minutes.
Tampa head coach Jon Cooper had to throw his lines into a blender mid-way through the game with an injury to Tyler Johnson, so these match-up charts may be a bit wonky.
Couturier looked like he would be hard-matched to Johnson's line early on, but ended up seeing a good bit of Stamkos after the injury.
Berube also took advantage of last change to keep Scott Laughton out almost exclusively against the Tampa's bottom-6.
Coburn's injury threw the blue line pairings out of whack but we can confidently say this was a bounce back game from Del Zotto and Luke Schenn.
- Set Up - The primary pass on a scoring chance, including rebounds.
- Chance - The primary shot on a scoring chance, including deflections.
- Involved - The sum of both set ups and chances