PHILADELPHIA FLYERS PRESEASON GAME NOTES
October 1: Flyers @ Devils
October 1: Flyers @ Devils
TONIGHT'S LINE UP:
Ilya Bryzgalov - starter
Oskars Bartulis, Braydon Coburn, Andreas Lilja, Matt Walker, Erik Gustafsson, Matt Carle, Andrej Meszaros & Kimmo Timonen
Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Blair Betts, Sean Couturier, Andreas Nodl, Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell, Ben Holmstrom, Matt Read, Max Talbot, Harry Zolnierczyk, Zac Rinaldo, Mike Testwuide & Eric Wellwood
PRESEASON SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Sept. 20: (W) Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 0 @ Air Canada Centre - Toronto
Sept. 21: (L) Maple Leafs, 4, Flyers 2 @ Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 22: (SOL) Red Wings 4, Flyers 3 @ John Labatt Centre - London, Ontario
Sept. 23: (W) Flyers 3, Red Wings 1 @ Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, Michigan
Sept. 26: (W) Flyers 5, NY Rangers 3 @ Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 29: (W) Flyers 2, Devils 1 @ Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 1: Flyers @ New Jersey Devils - Prudential Center - Newark NJ
NEWS & NOTES
• The Flyers wrap up their preseason schedule tonight as they visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. This is the seventh game of the preseason for the Flyers; they have won three in a row and are 4-1-1 through the six games played so far. They are coming off a 2-1 win over the Devils on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, which came on the strength of a Jaromir Jagr power-play goal in the third period.
• The Flyers will open their 2011-12 schedule on the road, providing the opposition on the night the Boston Bruins raise their 2011 Stanley Cup banner in a nationally-televised game on October 6. They’ll then travel on to Newark to play the Devils on October 8 before coming home to open their home slate on Wednesday, October 12 against the Vancouver Canucks.
• The Flyers are 8-for-26 on the power play so far this preseason (30.8 percent).
• Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Simmonds are among five players who lead the league with four goals on the preseason.
• Rookie Matt Read is the Flyers’ leading scorer in the preseason with six points (2G, 4A) in four appearances. As of Wednesday, he was among several players, including Evgeni Malkin, who were tied for the league lead in scoring in the preseason.
• Claude Giroux has seven assists on the preseason in four appearances, which is good for second in the league and puts him in the team lead in scoring. Jaromir Jagr (4G, 2A) and Matt Read (2G,4A) have six points apiece.
• Sergei Bobrovsky is 3-0 on the preseason in three appearances (151 minutes – 2 ½ games). He has a 0.40 GAA and a .984 save percentage. That ranks best in the league among goaltenders who have played more than one period. As a team, the Flyers have a 1.97 GAA and a .928 save percentage.
PRESEASON GAME RECAPS
Thursday, September 29: Flyers 2, New Jersey Devils 1 at Wells Fargo Center – Jaromir Jagr scored on the power play with 8:12 remaining in the third period to lift the Flyers over the Devils in the home preseason finale. Jagr’s goal was his third PPG of the preseason and fourth overall, and came on the tap-in of a spectacular setup by Claude Giroux, who earned the game’s first star for his efforts. Wayne Simmonds scored the other goal for the Flyers, while Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky split the game in half – Bryzgalov stopped 17 of 18 in the first 29:30, after which Bobrovsky stopped all 13 shots he faced.
Monday, September 26: Flyers 5, NY Rangers 3 at Wells Fargo Center – Jaromir Jagr scored twice and Braydon Coburn put home the game-winner in the third period as the Flyers topped the Rangers to close out the day that saw the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic officially announced at Citizen’s Bank Park. The teams combined for a total of five power play goals, as both of Jagr’s came on the man-advantage. Matt Read had another multi-point game with a goal and an assist, while Danny Briere and Claude Giroux each had three assists.
Friday, September 23: Flyers 3, Red Wings 1 at Joe Louis Arena – Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in his Flyers debut as the Flyers beat the Red Wings. Matt Read also posted a goal and assist for the Flyers, while James van Riemsdyk provided the club’s other goal. The Flyers were trailing 1-0 late in the first period when Jagr set up van Riemsdyk for one goal and then scored his own in a 52-second span. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 of 23 shots to pick up his second win of the preseason.
Thursday, September 22: Red Wings 4, Flyers 3 (SO) – Wayne Simmonds scored with 53 seconds left and the goaltender pulled to force overtime, but the Red Wings prevailed in an eight-round shootout. The Flyers were down 3-1 with 2:45 remaining when James van Riemsdyk scored his second goal of the game, this one on the power play, to make it 3-2. van Riemsdyk had previously scored in the second period. The shootout saw only one player per team score in the first seven rounds before Ian White beat Michael Leighton in round eight to end it. Leighton made 38 saves on 41 shots before stopping six of eight in the shootout.
A History of The Flyers at the John Labatt Center in London, Ont.
Wednesday, September 21 – Maple Leafs 4, Flyers 2 at Wells Fargo Center: Toronto returned serve from the night before with a 4-2 win in the home exhibition opener for the Flyers. The Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Juraj Mikus and Matt Frattin before Tomas Hyka scored on a breakaway out of the penalty box to make it 2-1 at the end of the second period. Joe Colborne scored for the Leafs about five minutes into the third period to make it a 3-1 lead. The Flyers answered one of the goals with just over two minutes to play when Eric Gustafsson put a loose puck home to make it 3-2. But Frattin scored an empty netter to spell the end for the Flyers.
SEPT. 21 NOTES
• In addition to his goal, Tomas Hyka logged 14:45, was plus-2 and played 3:20 on the power play.
• Blair Betts was 6-for-7 on faceoffs, while Brayden Schenn was 5-for-7. The Flyers were 32-for-52 as a team (62 percent).
Tuesday, September 20 – Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 0 at Air Canada Centre: Four different players scored and Sergei Bobrovsky recorded a 27-save shutout as the Flyers beat Toronto in the preseason opener. Zac Rinaldo, Wayne Simmonds and Mike Testwuide all contributed to a three-goal second period, while Sean Couturier picked up the second goal of his camp after also scoring in Thursday’s Rookie Game scrimmage against Washington. The shutout was the first for the Flyers in 108 total games spanning the preseason, regular season and playoffs, going back to the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Montreal.
SEPT. 20 NOTES:
• The Flyers used just two skaters in the game – James van Riemsdyk and Matt Carle – who dressed for the final playoff game of the 2010-11 season.
• The Flyers scored their three second-period goals on just six shots.
• Blake Kessel recorded 20:46 of ice time in the game. He was playing against his brother Phil, while the Flyers’ Brayden Schenn squared off against his brother Luke.