Calgary Flames @ Philadelphia Flyers, 11 AM MT, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA
TV: ESPN+. SNW - Radio: Sportsnet 960
Calgary Flames 10-12-3 (23 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 11-7-4 (26 pts)
The Flames second game of four on the road finds them in the City Of Brotherly Love to do battle with the upstart Philadelphia Flyers. Calgary comes into this contest with a full head of steam....in the wrong direction. The good guys have dropped six in a row and it’s been very ugly. Calgary’s 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues marked the first time in franchise history that they have been shut out in three consecutive games on the road. In this stretch of futility Calgary has only scored five times, an average of 1.2 goals per game. You only need to be an organism with a semi functioning brain to know that isn’t good.
Calgary’s GM Brad Treliving came out Friday and addressed all of the speculation and rumors about trades and firings and said that nothing is happening and all of this lies at his feet. Ok Brad, we’ll believe that for now, but when it gets worse you’re going to just stand pat and say “my bad?” Right. Besides that wonderful nugget of info the Flames did get some good news yesterday. T.J. Brodie will be traveling with the team to Philly, but won’t be playing. Forget hockey, it’s just good news that Brodie is able to be with the team after a pretty scary incident last week.
Speaking of reeling, the Flyers aren’t any more. Philly was in the midst of a four game losing skid that they snapped on Thursday night by way of a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Philadelphia has been a nice surprise after what was a horrible mess of a 2018-19 season. The Flyers suffered through multiple injuries at the goaltender position, going through nine goalies on the year, but that is a thing of the past. Carter Hart and Brian Elliott (of all people) have come in healthy and are a big reason for Philadelphia’s success and that’s a good thing because their offence isn’t generating a ton of points. Philadelphia is 20th in the league with 65 GF, compared to their 64 GA, which is 8th best in the NHL. Their PK is ranked 6th in the NHL (just behind the Flames), so don’t expect Calgary’s non-existent PP to get off the ground in Philly.
These two last met on October 15th with the Flames besting the Flyers 3-1 at the Saddledome. The Flames are 3-2-0 in their last five trips to Philadelphia, but the Flyers have defended their home rink well this season. Philly has one of the better NHL home records, going 6-1-3 at the Wells Fargo Center in 2019-20. But beware Flyers, Calgary had a players only meeting and their flight was delayed so they were able to bond longer after getting slaughtered by the Blues Thursday night <insert eye roll>.
Starting Goalies (E=Expected,C=Confirmed)
Flames: Rittich (E)- 9-7-3, 2.85 GAA, .909 Save%
Flyers: Hart (E)- 6-5-2, 2.72 GAA, .896 Save%
Flames: Goals: Tkachuk (10) Points: Tkachuk (20) PIM: Lucic (34) Save%: Rittich (.909)
Flyers: Goals: Lindblom (9) Points: Konecny (23) PIM: Niskanen (13) Save%: Elliott (.913)
What’s Happening With The Opposition?
Philadelphia Flyers Coverage: Broad Street Hockey
Scott Laughton is back! Andy Andreoff has been sent back to the Phantoms, and Nolan Patrick has been placed on LTIR. https://t.co/IuvXGCAxCT— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) November 22, 2019
Last Time Out
Calgary Flames 0 - St. Louis Blues 5
Philadelphia Flyers 5 - Carolina Hurricanes 3
Players to Watch
Milan Lucic, Derek Ryan & Dillon Dube: 1 goal in their last 5, that’s the best we can do here folks
Morgan Frost (C): 2 goals (3 points) in first two NHL games