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OccamsRazor

Game 70: Flyers vs Capitals 03/14/19 7:00 pm

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This is shaping up to be the biggest must win game of the year a lot riding on this win....pretty much the season maybe.

 

Hey the best good news for the season so far...

 

 

So the second best good news could come if Jake's suspension gets reduced....should be no more than one game which i didn't agree with in the first place.

 

Flyers could use Jake especially if he is motivated. They just need to win this game....no time for a loss. Hart i hope is ready for the challenge.

 

Go Flyers!!!!!!

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Elliott already claimed as the starter for friday.....sorry Cam Talbot you are here to stroke Hart's ego nothing more....

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I wouldn’t say this is a must win. The games against the Canes, Habs, and Pens are must wins. 

 

As as long as they go no worse than 11-2 in their last 13, they’ll end up with 98 

points and probably a playoff berth. 

 

Tough game for Hart to come back to. Yikes. 

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36 minutes ago, brelic said:

I wouldn’t say this is a must win. The games against the Canes, Habs, and Pens are must wins. 

 

As as long as they go no worse than 11-2 in their last 13, they’ll end up with 98 

points and probably a playoff berth. 

 

Tough game for Hart to come back to. Yikes. 

 

Why not how many games left? 13 including this one every game matters since they have played lights out the last month and a half and yet have budged all of one spot two at the most.

 

There are no more points left to waste with so little time left...unless you are counting on these teams to just start losing a lot of games...

 

...highly unlikely...that and considering they don't own any tie breakers means they have to not just tie these teams but pass them.

 

No I disagree this game is crucial.

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2 hours ago, OccamsRazor said:

 

Why not how many games left? 13 including this one every game matters since they have played lights out the last month and a half and yet have budged all of one spot two at the most.

 

There are no more points left to waste with so little time left...unless you are counting on these teams to just start losing a lot of games...

 

...highly unlikely...that and considering they don't own any tie breakers means they have to not just tie these teams but pass them.

 

No I disagree this game is crucial.

 

Well, sure, if you think they can basically win out and go 13-0, that would be pretty damn incredible. 

 

But I’d say they can lose no more than 2, and they are not in competition with the Caps for a wildcard spot, so it’s not must win IMO. 

 

The games against teams they’re chasing - Canes x 2, Habs, and Pens - are 4 point games so they need those. 

 

Any way way you slice it, though, it’s a tall order! Even with their league-best 18-4-2 (.792) over the past 24 games, they’re still estimated at having a 7% chance of getting in. 

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7 hours ago, brelic said:

 

Well, sure, if you think they can basically win out and go 13-0, that would be pretty damn incredible. 

 

But I’d say they can lose no more than 2, and they are not in competition with the Caps for a wildcard spot, so it’s not must win IMO. 

 

The games against teams they’re chasing - Canes x 2, Habs, and Pens - are 4 point games so they need those. 

 

Any way way you slice it, though, it’s a tall order! Even with their league-best 18-4-2 (.792) over the past 24 games, they’re still estimated at having a 7% chance of getting in. 

 

Pens, Blue Jackets and Canadians all won tonight...every point matters.

 

No time for loser...MSG old song...

 

 

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6 minutes ago, OccamsRazor said:

No time for loser

Also, lyrics from a Queen song, We Are The Champions. We will be...of the 2019 draft lottery!!!

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I would have thought the National Hockey League would have told Voracek about his appeal already so that he could properly practice in preparation for tomorrow night's big game versus the Caps.
 
I found this funny Buttman doesn't care about his favorite team's hated rival...SMFH.

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lines this morning:
Lindblom-Couturier-Giroux
JVR-Patrick-Konecny
Raffl-Laughton-Hartman
Varone-Knight-Voracek
 
Not sure if that means Voracek knows he’s not having his suspension reduced or if they’re preparing for the worst

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See I told you...

 

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Bettman upholds Voracek suspension. He will not play vs Caps.

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I guess they could only fit 4 goalies in the picture...Elliott, Hart, Neuvy and Talbot...

 

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my friend pointed out that it looks like nolan and TK are laughing at Neuvirth.

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5 hours ago, mkscrewy said:

my friend pointed out that it looks like nolan and TK are laughing at Neuvirth.

I can hear them now.... "who the **** let him back in the WFC?!".....:)

 

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14 hours ago, mkscrewy said:

my friend pointed out that it looks like nolan and TK are laughing at Neuvirth.

 

They were saying Neuvy would get injured by the camera flash!

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Sure be nice to get 2 points.

 

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Flyers Gameday: 3/14/19 vs. WSH

March 14, 2019, 6:38 AM ET 

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Game 70 Preview: FLYERS vs. CAPITALS

Interim head coach Scott Gordon's Philadelphia Flyers (33-27-8) are home on Thursday to take on Todd Reirden's Washington Capitals (41-22-7). Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 7:00 p.m. ET.

The game will be televised on NBCSP. The radio broadcast can be found on 97.5 FM The Fanatic with an online simulcast at FlyersRadio247.com.

This is the third of four meetings this season between the teams and the second and final game in Philadelphia. The Flyers are 0-2-0 to date. The season series concludes at the Capital One Center in DC on March 24. 

On Jan. 8 at the Capital One Center, the defending Stanley Cup champion Caps dealt the Flyers a 5-3 setback in Mike McKenna's debut in goal for Philly. 

The Flyers played a good first period but were unable to take a lead to intermission (tied 1-1). The second period started out decently but then the wheels fell off as it progressed and the team found itself in a three-goal hole (4-1) at the second intermission. In the third period, the Flyers had three power play opportunities fall by the wayside with a chance to still make a game of it. Then Philly made a late comeback bid that went for naught. Washington scored two empty-net goals -- one overturned on a challenge for an offside, the latter of which came in the final few ticks of the clock and counted -- to make it a 5-3 final.

Jakub Vrana scored even-strength and power play goals for Washington after assisting on the game's first goal back in the first period. Tom Wilson opened the scoring and later lost a would-be empty netter to an offside challenge. T.J. Oshie tallied an even strength deflection goal and added a shorthanded empty netter at 19:57 of the third period. Pheonix Copley got the win in goal for Washington, stopping 37 of 40 shots.

On March 6 in Philadelphia, the Flyers fell into a 5-0 hole before the game was halfway over. A late second period goal (Philippe Myers' first in the NHL) and two early third period tallies narrowed the gap to 5-3 but the Flyers drew no closer. 

Alexander Ovechkin scored a power play goal on the third Washington tally and had a spectacular assist on the opening goal by Tom Wilson. Brett Connolly, Andre Burakovsky, and Nicklas Bäckström also scored for Washington. Braden Holtby earned the win in goal; the 250th of his regular season NHL career. He stopped 27 of 30 shots. 

In the waning seconds of the second period, Myers made it 5-1. Giroux set up the Myers goal and then scored one of his own on the opening shift of the third period. Scott Laughton got the Flyers back to within two goals. Brian Elliott had a tough night in goal; an abbreviated 24:18 outing that saw him give up three goals he'd liked to have had back among four goals against on 19 shots. Cam Talbot went the rest of the way. He was scored against on the first shot he saw, but it was unstoppable and the result of a major breakdown in front of him, and then stopped the rest of the shots he faced.

Flyers Outlook

Thursday's game is the start of a 3-in-4 gauntlet for the Flyers that continues with a road game in Toronto on Friday and, after an off-day, a match in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The next three games could make or break the Flyers' season. They may need five of six points to realistically stay in the race for a playoff spot.

The Flyers are 19-5-2 over their last 26 games. The team has claimed points in 10 of their last 13 games (9-3-1). Unfortunately, time is running out rapidly to pull off a miraculous comeback from having been mired dead last in the NHL standings with only 38 points entering January 14. There are only 13 games left in the regular season, and the Flyers are six points (five standings points plus a ROW tiebreaker disadvantage) out of the playoffs with two teams to leapfrog in Columbus and Montreal.

The Flyers have had two nights off since defeating the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday. Philly's goals were scored by Oskar Lindblom (13th), Michael Raffl (6th) and Laughton (11th). Sean Couturier (37th assist), Shayne Gostisbehere (25th assist), Nolan Patrick (15th assist), Travis Konecny (22nd assist) and Raffl (12th assist) chipped in one helper apiece. 

Elliott didn't face a lot of high-quality chances over the course of Monday's game -- the Flyers' own-zone play was pretty good for most of the game-- but came up with some important stops when he needed to. Elliott earned the win with 20 saves on 22 shots.

The Flyers did not practice on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the club practiced at the Wells Fargo Center on team photo day. To the surprise of no one, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stood behind the "Department of Player Safety" and its ruling to suspend Jakub Voracek for two games rather than one for an interference incident in Saturday's game in Uniondale. As a a result, Voracek will be compelled to miss the game against the Caps. 

Rather than once again going with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, Gordon indicated that the team might recall a forward from the AHL (right winger Justin Bailey has been the most frequent recent callup, but no particular player was mentioned) for Thursday's game. The 11/7 arrangement will be used if general manager Chuck Fletcher elects not to make a recall.

Carter Hart will the get the start in goal; his first appearance in a game since spraining his ankle during warmups and playing through it in the team's 5-1 loss in Montreal on Feb. 21. He had been a stellar run before hitting a bump in the road as he was blitzed for 3 goals on 9 shots in both the Feb. 19 home game against Tampa Bay (a 5-2 loss) and then again in the Montreal game. In both games, Hart was pulled in favor of Elliott midway through the first period. Elliott will back up Hart against the Capitals. Talbot will be a healthy scratch.

At Wednesday's practice in Philly, the Flyers tweaked the power play units yet again. Lindblom moved onto PP1 in the absence of Voracek. 

Capitals Outlook

The defending Stanley Cup champion Caps have taken over first place in the Metro Division from the New York Islanders. Washington rattled off seven straight wins -- including last Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Flyers -- before sustaining a 5-3 road setback to the Penguins on Tuesday. Following this game, the Caps play in Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

The match against Pittsburgh was almost like two different games within one. Washington dominated for the first 30 minutes, building up a 2-0 lead and playing outstanding two-way hockey. Pittsburgh struggled to find any time and space to make plays as they were held to only three shots on goal at five-on-five over a span of nearly 20 minutes of game-clock time. Then, over a span of less than two minutes, the Penguins struck three times to go from two goals behind to one goal ahead. 

The Caps never fully recovered. The Penguins made it 4-2 in the third period and then went on to win, 5-3. In a losing cause, Caps superstar Ovechkin recorded the 1,200th regular season point of his NHL career.

Projected Lines (Subject to change)

FLYERS

5 James van Riemsdyk - 19 Nolan Patrick - 28 Claude Giroux 
23 Oskar Lindblom - 14 Sean Couturier - 11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl - 21 Scott Laughton - 38 Ryan Hartman
44 Phil Varone - 10 Corbin Knight - [27 Justin Bailey*]

9 Ivan Provorov - 6 Travis Sanheim 
53 Shayne Gostisbehere - 61 Phil Myers 
8 Robert Hägg - 3 Radko Gudas
[47 Andrew MacDonald]

79 Carter Hart
[37 Brian Elliott]

*- Possible recall for this game.

Scratches: 47 Andrew MacDonald (healthy, will play if the Flyers dress seven defensemen), 93 Jakub Voracek (NHL suspension, game 2 of 2), 33 Cam Talbot (healthy), 5 Sam Morin (healthy), 30 Michal Neuvirth (IR, lower body).

CAPITALS

8 Alex Ovechkin - 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov - 43 Tom Wilson
13 Jakub Vrana - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 77 T.J. Oshie
62 Carl Hagelin - 20 Lars Eller - 10 Brett Connolly
65 Andre Burakovsky - 18 Chandler Stephenson - 72 Travis Boyd

6 Michal Kempny - 74 John Carlson
9 Dmitri Orlov - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 3 Nick Jensen

70 Brayden Holtby
[1 Pheonix Copley]

Scratches: 23 Dmitrij Jaskin (healthy), 26 Nic Dowd (healthy), 29 Christian Djoos (healthy).
 
 
Go get em boys..hope for a better outcome than last meeting...not getting down by 4 in the first half of the game will help a lot.

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make Justin Bailey's recall official. Of course, we all saw this coming yesterday

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the good news is that Ovechkin already scored his 1200th point so scoring his 1201-1208th points tonight will be no milestone against us.

 

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6 minutes ago, mkscrewy said:

the good news is that Ovechkin already scored his 1200th point so scoring his 1201-1208th points tonight will be no milestone against us.

 

 

This is precisely the correct attitude to have as a Flyer fan. 

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The O & B are mild underdogs:

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Washington is tough and typically beats the underdog.  We aren't that strong at home.   I am unable to watch but will keep fingers crossed.

 

 

 

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Must win....

Flyers......5

Caps.........3

The kids carry the night

Tk with2

Patrick 3 helpers

G with a en netter. 

I.M.O....

Lets Go Flyers...

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Added letters..

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Wow just walked in the door and see they have already given up the two spot...damn.

 

I guess I might as well find something else to watch.

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Flyers down  2 on the power play with 8 minutes left and they still feel the need to ensure there are a minimum of 8 passes before they take a shot on goal......

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Well, I think we can clearly see that a borderline playoff team - at best - isn't on a level capable of competing with actual Stanley Cup competitors.

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      Greetings:   I didn't see the game, but it sounds like a "Systems Failure."  I believe we are 9-11-2 in the Metro.  If you can't play .500 in your division, you probably shouldn't be in the playoffs.
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      I wouldn’t say this is a must win. The games against the Canes, Habs, and Pens are must wins.    As as long as they go no worse than 11-2 in their last 13, they’ll end up with 98  points and probably a playoff berth.    Tough game for Hart to come back to. Yikes. 
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      my friend pointed out that it looks like nolan and TK are laughing at Neuvirth.
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      They were saying Neuvy would get injured by the camera flash!
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      the good news is that Ovechkin already scored his 1200th point so scoring his 1201-1208th points tonight will be no milestone against us.  
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      Well, I think we can clearly see that a borderline playoff team - at best - isn't on a level capable of competing with actual Stanley Cup competitors.

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