The Flyers had a lack luster offensive performance against the Kings on Thursday night. Once again they were kept in the game thanks to stellar goaltending, this time from Anthony Stolarz. Now they focus their attention to another team from the Golden State as they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to town this afternoon. The Ducks are only a point ahead of the Kings for last place in the Western Conference and come into the day sporting an impressive six game losing streak.
The big news entering this game comes off a late night tweet from Tony Androckitis of Inside the AHL.
BREAKING: It looks like Phil Myers will be called up to #Flyers and make his NHL debut tomorrow vs. Anaheim.
I guess we’ll see in the morning. I’ve got a 188-mile drive back to @InsideAHLHockey HQ from Utica, NY ahead of me.
— Tony Androckitis (@TonyAndrock) February 9, 2019
If Myers is called up and debuts the Wells Fargo Center may come unglued when the puck drops at 1pm. Myers has been tearing it up for Lehigh Valley in the AHL and his call up has been long overdue. General manager Chuck Fletcher has not been shy about moving on from inept veterans since being hired. The continued struggles of Andrew MacDonald could be the reason for this impending call up. Fletcher sees veterans that are not producing and hurting his team and does not hesitate to remove them and replace them with player who are determined to make a difference. Myers would bring an impressive offensive skillset and will shortly show fans why his ceiling in this league is a top pair defenseman. Stay tuned for official word from the Flyers as the morning progresses.
The Flyers of course are on a nine game point streak having their winning streak end in a shootout against the Kings. It’s going to be really important for the Flyers to come out fast and get on the Ducks early. A team losing six in a row may seem like an easy win, but a team facing a long losing streak can become desperate and dangerous. The Ducks have nothing to lose and everything to gain which is bad news for a Flyers team desperatesly trying to climb back into the playoff picture of the Eastern Conference.
Look for Nolan Patrick to continue his dominant play. For most of the season Patrick left much to be desired and the fans became more and more vocal towards the second year player. In the last nine games Patrick has put up five goals and three assists, just under a point per game. Patrick’s improved play however, goes beyond the stat sheet. There is an aggressiveness to his game that he once had when dominating for the Brandon Wheat Kings. His assertiveness on the ice is tied in to his growing confidence and comfortability with his game. Clearly something has woken up inside the former second overall pick. He wants the puck on his stick and he wants to be the one making plays when he’s on the ice.
In addition to the team looking for their tenth point in as many games, Carter Hart is looking to make some history this afternoon. Hart is riding an impressive seven game winning streak and with a win today he will tie Jocelyn Thibault for most consecutive wins under the age of 21. The Flyers have undoubtedly become a different team since Hart’s call up. There’s something to be said for a team’s trust in their goalie affecting their play on the ice. It’s pretty simple, if you know the list line of defense has your back I allows you to take more chances and play a looser game than you would if you thought your netminder was a liability. Among the other goalies in the league who have started at least seven games during this stretch Hart is third in goals against with a 2.40 and second in save percentage with .934. The kid is just playing out of his mind right now. He has single handedly created more buzz in the city for this team than they have had in five years. The long awaited franchise goaltender has finally arrived and I have no doubt that he will continue his streak tonight against the woeful Ducks.
This afternoon’s game is the perfect bounce back for the orange and black. The worst part about Thursday’s loss was not only did they only get one point they also lost ground in the standing to Carolina. With a win today and a Penguins loss in Tampa the Flyers would pull within six points of the final wildcard spot. Carolina and Buffalo also stand between the Flyers and Pittsburgh, but both teams have began to come down to earth in recent weeks and the Flyers are prime for a rush up the standings. There is plenty of time left in the season but on the other hand time is of the essence. The Flyers are hot right now and they need to continue to stockpile points, and more importantly wins, in bunches.
Flyer will bring their point streak to 10 games and will beat the Ducks 4-1. Hart will continue to dazzle and Philadelphia will continue to fall in love.