Blues vs Flyers

Blues vs Flyers Live : Blues vs Flyers meet Thursday in NHL action April 4, 2019 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Flyers were feeling the blues Sunday afternoon in front of their home fans a day after being eliminated from playoff .The St. Louis Blues failed to move into a three-way tie for the Central Division lead,

The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 32 goals, Claude Giroux has 61 assists and Jakub Voracek has 205 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 65 goals on 736 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 74 goals on 918 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 31 goals, Ryan O’Reilly has 47 assists and Colton Parayko has 174 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 118 goals on 1,239 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed 54 goals on 753 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite and 4-11 in their last 15 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flyers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and the home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Flyers last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 11-4 in Blues last 15 home games.

The St. Louis Blues are on the end of a back to back and have played a ton of hockey lately with three straight overtime games, but they need to keep piling up the points as they keep fighting for playoff position. The Philadelphia Flyers have nothing to play for at this point and are playing like it, especially on the defensive side. While the Blues haven’t had much success playing on the end of a back to back recently, I’ll back them on their home ice due to them still playing for something at this point in the season and the Flyers appearing to have checked out.

There are still several more hours to go before I have to be back at DFW Airport this morning for my flight to St. Louis. Years ago, before my wife and I got married, her aunt Karen warned her some of the pitfalls of getting involved with a writer.¬†“They keep weird hours,” Karen said in her distinctive voice that my wife can imitate to a tee.

 

She is right, too. Most days, I am up writing by 4 or at least watching game videos and/or highlight packages from the previous evening.¬†This morning, though, I chose not to rewatch the Flyers’ 6-2 loss to the Stars last night. This one wasn’t hard to get a grip on what wrong and how it happened: puck management, Stars players open in prime range on several goals, Philly giving up their third and fourth opposition power play goals in the last three games, getting in penalty trouble in the third period and two goals against (the first and the fifth) that starter Cam Talbot would have liked to have back were not a good recipe for trying to play spoiler against Dallas.

Philly was resilient after falling behind 2-0 in the first 4:11 of the opening period. The Flyers have shown themselves to be a good comeback team, but it’s very hard to have sustained success when you are chasing the game.

The Flyers eventually pulled even in a generally dominant second period only to give up two late goals and fall right back into a multi-goal deficit. Players did not deny after the game that it was disheartening and frustrating.

Getting in late to St. Louis, the Flyers have a day off from practice and will have a full morning skate at the game rink on Wednesday. What is known is that veteran goaltender Brian Elliott, who enjoyed a successful tenure with the Blues before moving on to Calgary and the Flyers, will get the start in goal on Thursday. Carter Hart will go in the season finale at home on Saturday against Carolina.

During yesterday’s morning skate at the American Airlines Center, I had the opportunity to chat about some of the prospects in the farm system with Flyers president Paul Holmgren.

One of the more heartening recent developments has been the long-delayed introduction of Pascal Laberge to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ lineup after a long recovery road from surgery. Laberge has five goals in his first 12 games, including a hat trick.

Oddly enough, the Flyers schedule has worked out that the club has played three of its last four games against opponents coached by former Flyers’ players: Rod Brind’Amour (Carolina), Jim Montgomery (Dallas) and, tomorrow night, it will be two-stint Flyers Alumni player and former head coach Craig Berube’s St. Louis Blues. Berube has done a nice job taking over for Mike Yeo in St. Louis. The Blues have turned around an awful start — much as the Flyers did, but were able to sustain it down the stretch.