Flyers Plus/Minus: A Shootout Loss to Detroit

 

Photo by Heather Barry

Photo by Heather Barry

By, Anthony Maiorana(@Philly_Sauce)

It was bound to happen eventually. After two decades of losses in Philadelphia, the Red Wings finally managed a win on the Flyers home ice. They did have to go all the way to a shootout to get it, but they did.

After having some success in their new 50th Anniversary jerseys, the Flyers decided that the luck had run out of those golden letters and changed back to their regular home jerseys after a loss to the Canadiens. While their performance against Montreal was dominating, back on home ice, the Flyers looked like they were struggling to get offensive pressure.

Here are a few good things about the Flyers vs. Detroit game…and some bad things.

Plus:

Steve Mason: Flyers fans have been worried about the goaltending in the opening weeks of the season. While the Flyers offense has been producing regularly, defensive breakdowns and weak goaltending have cost them a few games.

On Tuesday night, Mason made 33 saves on 35 shots for a calming .943 SV%. In his six other starts this season, Mason has had a save percentage in the .900 range only twice. It’s a small sample size, but in those games, Mason looked shaky and gave up some easy goals. Against Detroit, the Flyers 1A goalie looked much more like a starter.

Travis Konecny: It’s no secret by now that Travis Konecny is a huge addition to the Flyers offense. The rookie is one of the Flyers best play-driving forwards and has made the second line more of a 1B line. There’s also a bit of aggression to his play that will make him popular in the city.

Konecny had a decent 51.43 CF%, but it was a few big hits that made the Flyers rookie stand out. During the 2nd period, Konecny had a chance to give the Flyers a lead but narrowly missed an open net, hitting the post. Konecny was obviously frustrated, throwing his hands in the air before returning to the play. He then skated back to the Flyers zone and delivered a big hit to Justin Abdelkader.

His best hit came late in the game when he plastered Steve Ott to the boards in the corner.

Minus:

Shootouts: No one likes the shootout. The Flyers were getting lucky in the shootout early in the season, but we should have known better than to expect that to continue. If I never see another shootout it’ll be too soon.

Passing: After Detroit’s first goal, it looked like the Flyers forgot how to pass. Almost every time a Philadelphia player got possession of the puck, they were quick to turn it over. Passes either went straight to the stick of a Detroit player or right past the stick of a teammate who was painfully unaware of the pass.

The Flyers constant turnovers led to a lot of offensive zone time for the Red Wings…and their first goal.

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