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Flyers vs Flames by the numbers: No rewards for playing well

Why do we watch this unjust and cruel sport?

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The Wells Fargo Center should start passing out orange rabbits' feet to all the fans in attendance. For the umpteenth time in the last two weeks, the Flyers outplayed an inferior opponent only to come away with a loss.

Outside of a mediocre first period, Philly dominated the game at even strength. In the final two periods, the Flyers more than quadrupled the flames in chances, 13 - 3.

It only took a single quality chance for the Flames in overtime to erase that remarkable come-back effort.

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An outstanding performance from the top-9 overall, with all three lines breaking even or better. After a couple of ugly games, the Schenn line broke out in a big way.

Giroux, Raffl, and Simmonds had another strong game creating offense and driving possession. Berube swapped in Jakub Voracek for a few shifts here and which is why his numbers got a slight bump relative to his usual linemates.

The "fourth line" had a very weak game by their standards and Berube adjusted ice time accordingly. The Schenn line picked up the slack, taking on more minutes and a tougher match up in the Backlund line.

By far the most interesting part of this game is the contrast between Couturier and Giroux's usage. The top line bore the brunt of the tough defensive assignments while Couturier's drew ice time against Calgary's bottom-6. Even with the softer usage, Coots' line struggled to generate as much offense the rest of the team.

Carlo Colaiacovo and Andrew MacDonald put up some flashy numbers albeit in sheltered usage. Schultz and Streit were the weak link on the night, giving up the majority of chances against.

Chief chose to double shift Michael Del Zotto late in the game, giving him minutes with both Streit and MacDonald. I'm not sure if that's a reflection on Luke Schenn's play or Berube was simply searching for goals.

  • 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.

Ryan White earns the honors of most involved player of the game. He had a fantastic offensive night on the third line and continues to impress considering his role. Who would've thought the Flyers could dress a bottom-6 player who is both competent doing hockey things and fulfills the sandpaper agitator role.