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Game #31 - Hurricanes at Flyers - Dec 15 2015 - 7:00 ET


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Meltzer's write up: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Bill-Meltzer/Flyers-Gameday-121515-vs-CAR/45/73253

 

Key team stat comparisons (NHL overall ranking)
 
Non-shootout goals per game: Flyers 2.03 (29th), Hurricanes 2.47 (21st)
Non-shootout goals against per game: Flyers 2.70 (20th), Hurricanes 3.03 (28th)
5-on-5 Goals For/Against Ratio: Flyers 37/45, Hurricanes 61/53
Power play efficiency: Flyers 17.2% (T-23rd), Hurricanes 17.2% (T-23rd)
Penalty killing efficiency: Flyers 80.2% (17th), Hurricanes 75.3 (29th)
Shots per game: Flyers 30.4 (10th), Hurricanes 30.1 (12th)
Shots against per game: Flyers 32.4 (29th), Hurricanes 25.9 (1st)
Faceoff percentage: Flyers 49.2% (23rd), Hurricanes 54.2% (1st)
 
 
Projected lineups (subject to change, will be updated)
 
Flyers
 
12 Michael Raffl - 28 Claude Giroux - 10 Brayden Schenn
93 Jakub Voracek - 14 Sean Couturier - 17 Wayne Simmonds
76 Chris VandeVelde - 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - 25 Ryan White
24 Matt Read - 21 Scott Laughton - 20 R.J. Umberger
 
15 Michael Del Zotto - 3 Radko Gudas 
55 Nick Schultz - 82 Evgeny Medvedev 
23 Brandon Manning - 53 Shayne Gostisbehere
 
30 Michal Neuvirth / 35 Steve Mason
 
Scratches: Vincent Lecavalier (healthy), Sam Gagner (could be activated from IR), Mark Streit (LTIR, displaced pubic plate), Luke Schenn (left foot/ankle).
 
Hurricanes
 
32 Kris Versteeg - 12 Eric Staal - 16 Elias Lindholm
42 Joakim Nordström - 11 Jordan Staal - 15 Andrej Nestrasil
53 Jeff Skinner - 49 Victor Rask - 34 Phillip DiGiuseppe
24 Brad Malone - 18 Jay McClement - 25 Chris Terry
 
65 Ron Hainsey - 27 Justin Faulk
26 John-Michael Liles - 54 Brett Pesce
5 Noah Hanifin - 74 Jaccob Slavin
 
30 Cam Ward / 31 Eddie Läck
 
Scratches: Riley Nash (healthy), Nathan Gerbe (IR, lower body), James Wisniewski (IR, knee).
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I'd like to see Gagner on the top line with G and Schenn, Raffl on the 4th line, and either Laughton or RJ scratched.

 

 

If it's Laughton out which looks to me the best option because it kills two birds with one stone. Then he is headed back to the Phantoms. He would open up a spot in the lineup as well create the cap space needed. Then when Streit is ready Manning i guess would be a scratch.

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I sure hope Mason is taking this time to get his head and game right.

 

If they are to make a serious run for the playoffs they are going to need him.

 

Neuvy has deserved to start and i hope he plays well.

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Couturier has been a man on a mission tonight. He's skating hard and imposing his will. It's taken awhile, but I expect that in the 2nd half of the season, Couturier really steps it up. He's starting to become more and more comfortable in that 2nd line role. He's been beast mode this evening.

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Five Thoughts:

 

I'm pretty sure Gudas is a monkey -- probably a baboon. The way he crouches mid stride is the best evidence I have of this.

Malone is garbage. It was worth the major for Simmer. I just wish he'd have gotten more shots in before Malone went down.

I've said it a few times now, but G/V/G in overtime is a thing of beauty. I'd put that trio up against the top five in the league.

Manning has a bit of a temper. I've noticed it before, but it always surprises me. He looks like a lost puppy, but he gets worked up.

Couts and Voracek were lethal tonight. Who knows if it was a fluke or not with Jake on the LW. It's clearly worth trying again.

 

Player Score:

 

Voracek +2 (+1 with the hope of this being his coming out party)

Couts +1

Simmer +1

Giroux +1

Ghost +1 (He's not going anywhere)

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An honest question. Could Ghost be a forward?

I said it before but Ghost as a 1LW with G and Jake...that's one deadly 1st line.

 

Dmen who can play like he does are more valuable and difficult to find than sniper LWers.

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I know he score the GWer but how about the tip/block to start the transition on that play outstanding play by a rookie this mid is only scrtaching the surface to his potential.

Again i say no friggin way you can send him down...no way!

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An honest question. Could Ghost be a forward?

I said it before but Ghost as a 1LW with G and Jake...that's one deadly 1st line.

Maybe but he is a good defenseman to just look at his tip block to start that transition on the GWer. No way i move him keep him on the blueline.

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I thought Manning was noticeable tonight in s good way. Very active in the offensive zone, pretty good coverage in his own end.

The 2nd line was outstanding.

Medvedev didn't need to take that second penalty. His partner was back.

Ghost is still a little bit of a work in progress in his own end, but he might be the pest pure skater on the team. He's close as a shooter, too.

Schenn's wrister was nice. He had another good one early in the game.

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Ghost is still a little bit of a work in progress in his own end

 

 I can live with it...he keeps scoring likes he does and i don't care if he turns around and just fires it in his own net....ok maybe a little extreme on that but as long as he gets the GWer in that same game i can live with it!!! :P

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