The struggle in shootouts for the Flyers continue. In the past two games the Flyers have faced the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Each of these games ended in a shootout and a loss for the Flyers. Currently, the Flyers shootout record is 3-9. They clearly can compete with the NHL’s best. However, their abilities in this area are clearly lacking.
Last night we saw Ryan Miller and Ray Emery duke it out between the pipes for their respective teams. Both goalies played an unreal game; stopping every shot they faced leading up to the shootout, Miller with 31 saves and Emery with 28 saves. I thought this was Emery’s best outing, coming into a game against one of the NHL’s best as a backup with not many starts.
For the 2005-2006 and still established, the NHL decided that if a game did not end in overtime, that a shootout would determine the winner. Fans will argue that shootouts mean nothing while some others, agree that they like the shootouts (yeah if your team wins).
The Flyers are one of the worst shootout teams statistically, they rank 22 out of the 30 teams for shootout statistics. The Flyers have not won one single shootout at home this season; all of their wins have come on the road. The Flyers rank 23rd in home save percentage with .583 and rank 27th in road save percentage with .590. At home, the Flyers have scored only 3 shootout goals and on the road, have scored 11. That’s a big difference in goals scored.
The Flyers have the talent to score; Claude Giroux, Jake Vorachek, Vince Lecavalier, Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell, and Brayden Schenn are all very capable of scoring goals. While it is Steve Mason and Ray Emery’s job to stop pucks, the Flyers cannot leave it up to them during every shootout.
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