The Flyers came into tonight’s game having lost their last five. The Devils had dropped five out of their last six matchups. Someone’s streak of bad luck was going to end. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, their streak continued as the Devils pulled away in the third period for a 5-2 victory.
BEEZER IS BUZZING: After just a single goal in his last 14 games, Joel Farabee now has goals in three straight games. The Flyers needed to get more out of him and it seems like he has answered the bell. If Farabee is able to keep this up moving forward, Philadelphia should be able to find a way out of this spiral.
SCOTTY SHORTHANDED: Who needs a good power play when your penalty kill can score for you, right? While that is technically not the case, the Flyers PK has been able to come up large for them in recent games. After Farabee scored a shorthanded goal against Carolina, it was Scott Laughton’s turn to pot one. At the time, it tied the game for the Flyers late in the first period. If only the power play could follow suit.
PENALTIES KILLED: Speaking of the PK, it has been sharp for the Flyers lately. Outscoring the opposing team’s special teams units is always a positive. They kept the Devils off the board in all three opportunities and have killed off their last seven chances.
TURNOVER CITY: The Flyers were able to tie the game at 2-2 early in the third period thanks to Farabee. The Devils would go on to score the next three goals, one of which was an empty netter. It was turnovers and poor play that allowed the Devils to pull away.
On their third goal, Rasmus Ristolainen tried to bank a pass off the wall to Ivan Provorov. Provorov was unable to corral it, allowing Andreas Johnsson to steal the puck. He dished the puck back to Jesper Bratt who gave the Devils the lead.
Nate Bastian increased the lead as a few players essentially fell asleep in their own zone. Dougie Hamilton easily found Bastian for the dagger.
ABYSMAL NOVEMBER: The Flyers will be ready to kiss the month of November goodbye. They went 4-5-3 and were shutout on two different occasions. They only scored more than two goals twice, both of which were still losses. So even when they are able to pot a few goals, they were still unable to come up with the stops they needed.
Philadelphia will have a few extra days before their next game. Tuesday’s contest against the Islanders has been postponed as New York currently has eight players in COVID protocol. They have been plagued by injuries as well. The Flyers next game will be Wednesday when they travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers.