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Flyers vs. Canadiens by the numbers: Back-and-forth game falls the wrong way

A wild back and forth affair ends in disappointing fashion.

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A lot is being made of the horribly lopsided shot attempts (90-44!!! in favor of Montreal) in this game and rightfully so. But the chance counts aren't quite as dramatic, with the Habs just barely out-chancing the Flyers at even strength 15-14.

Those much more palatable numbers belie an anemic final 40 minutes in which the Flyers failed to muster much offensive zone pressure. It took a damn near heroic shot blocking effort (Flyers blocked 25 shots) and a sharp performance from Ray Emery to keep the score 1-0 for as long as it was.

On the bright side, the offensively inert top line started to look like it's old self in this game, generating some good looks on Carey Price.

Couturier's line at times looked dangerous in the offensive zone but they bore the brunt of the Canadiens offensive push in the 2nd half of the game. As you might expect, they are sporting some rather ugly chance against numbers.

The recently surging Bellemare line had an off night in terms of pushing the pace both in shots and chances.. But they did combine for the Flyers best chance to win in overtime.

The match up chart tells a similar story, with the Giroux line taking care of business against the Habs Top-6, and Couturier getting a overpowered by Habs top unit with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk.

Interestingly, the Lecavalier line was shifted away from a Top-6 match-up and was actually less successful in that role.

Its pretty unusual to see defense partner's on ice numbers diverge like this, especially across every pairing. I'm hesitant to single out anyone player or pairing with such mixed numbers across the board.

Just going off of everyone's favorite eye test, I liked the way the Amac/Cola pairing looked before everything fell apart in the latter stages of the game.

  • 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

It's good to see the top line not only driving better results at both ends of the ice, but getting everyone involved in the process.