After taking four out of a possible six points on a three-game trip through California, the Flyers look to continue the momentum in the Music City with a date against the reigning Western Conference champion Predators on Tuesday night.
Puck drop is set for 8pm from Bridgestone Arena, the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia and on radio at 97.5 The Fanatic. The live stream can be found via the NBC Sports app for locals and on NHL.tv elsewhere.
Wayne Simmonds scored the OT winner in Anaheim to close the California trip and was named the NHL’s third star of the week following four goals in three games. Alex Ovechkin (seven goals, two games) was named the first star while Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury took home second star honors through the first week of action.
The Flyers also got goals from Ivan Provorov and Sean Couturier in the win over the Ducks. Brian Elliott stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn his second win in as many tries. What wasn’t good was the Flyers’ power play, which went 0-for-5 on the night despite generating eight shots. Ducks goalie John Gibson was spectacular, turning aside 34 of 37 Flyers shots.
Looking ahead, the Predators are winless and have been outscored by five goals through two games to start the season. Nashville was blanked by Pittsburgh on Saturday two days after the Blackhawks hung a 10-spot on the Pens. Didn’t want to forget to mention that.
While it’s certainly possible that Peter Laviolette’s team is experiencing a short Stanley Cup hangover to start the year, the Flyers will need to bring a complete effort in all three phases to earn points against a deep, talented team.