Because the NHL insists on making an attempt to play a common season throughout a pandemic and ecological disasters, there are going to be some ugly video games.
There was a time this season that Flyers followers marveled at their staff’s depth. For a few years in the Claude Giroux period, the staff was famously a one-line squad.
No extra, so that they thought.
Thanks to COVID-19, for the primary time since 2009, the Philadelphia Flyers will play a recreation with out Giroux or Jakub Voráček in the lineup.
In the case of Giroux, the staff’s captain, it should snap a 328-games performed streak. He has missed solely 10 video games in his profession. Voráček has been nearly as sturdy, enjoying each recreation in 2012-13, 2016-17 and 2017-18. Both are prolific scorers and are nonetheless going robust this season, as Voráček has 12 factors and Giroux has 11.
Due to COViD protocol, the Flyers additionally performed with out Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, Scott Laughton and Justin Braun as they returned to motion on Thursday towards the Rangers. Giroux is a new father; Lindblom is recovering from Ewing sarcoma.
It was the primary recreation for the Flyers since being shut down on Feb. 9. They performed 5 AHLers, together with 6-foot-7 Samuel Morin, who has been transformed from protection to wing this season after lacking years of growth attributable to accidents.
The outcomes have been about what you’d count on from a staff lacking 5 of its high forwards that hadn’t performed in over a week. The staff confirmed nice spark early, as Nicolas Aube-Kubel, thrust into a larger position than he’s seen in his temporary profession, acquired a good “be in the right spot, keep trying” objective early in the primary.
But the Rangers have been capable of calm issues down and play their preserve it boring, slogfest recreation that was marred by a ton of penalties, and, by some means, Pavel Buchnevich getting a penalty shot after getting stopped on a fairly clear scoring probability.
The Flyers, outshot 33-22, wanted a 6-on-5 objective from second-year man Joel Farabee to earn a level in this recreation. The Rangers, just about a one-line staff as of late, and actually, one man — Artemi Panarin, since his associate in crime Mika Zibanejad has crashed again to earth — gained in a shootout. Again, because of Panarin, who arrange a third-period objective with a slick backhand move and acquired the go-ahead rating in the shootout whereas wanting like a boss who knew he was going to beat goalie Carter Hart.
For the Flyers, it was most likely a ethical victory to get a level in this recreation. But their subsequent recreation is on Sunday towards the Boston Bruins, who’ve owned the Flyers in 4 video games thus far this yr. And the fellows on the COVID protocol listing will nonetheless be out. And oh by the best way, it is going to be a nationally broadcast recreation performed open air in LakeTahoe.
The NHL by no means fails to fuck up a advertising and marketing plan. “Come see us in Lake Tahoe! With no fans! And almost none of our good players!”
Should be enjoyable, if the Flyers carry Gritty.