The Flyers cannot assemble in Raleigh; Lose 3-1

Of all the games on the NHL today, the Philadelphia Flyers faced the toughest odds against the underdogs. On the road against the best team in the league, winning was a long way off.

The Carolina Hurricanes won their fourth straight game today, 3-1 at home. They extend their home point streak to thirteen games. On the other end of the spectrum, the Flyers lost their 11th straight on the road.

Philadelphia could not dominate a period in one shot. However, the score was tied, 1-1, before the third period. Part of the Flyers’ identity this season is the inability to win close games. Although they clung to the best in the NHL, the bottom three began to unravel.

“It’s good for us to play those games, to learn how to win. We really have to accept playing in tough hockey games, and I thought most of the time we did that. Our guys responded to the other team by scoring first, we really responded to the disallowed goal, and unfortunately we just didn’t make it.

Mike Yeo; 03/12/2022

Here are some observations from today’s 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes:

Martin Jones (+)

Occupying the crease before tomorrow’s home game was Martin Jones.

In addition to a power play opportunity, the Carolina Hurricanes totaled more shots in the first period than the Philadelphia Flyers. Nonetheless, Jones fired them all.

During the second period, the two teams found themselves in a 4 on 4 scenario. The Flyers had a chance on the power play, but it lasted nine seconds. Kevin Hayes was penalized as his power play unit pressured the slot, leaving the Hurricanes with a residual advantage. Andrei Svechnikov had two breakaways. Finally, Derek Stepan tricked Jones with a tricky pass to Steven Lorentz, who converted on an open net in a five-on-five hockey game.

Per Natural Stat Turn

The other goal conceded by Jones came on a deflection. Jordan Martinook deflected a shot from Vincent Trocheck at the point. A missed clearance forced by Ian Cole sealing the boards kept the offense in the offensive zone. Jones fought as hard as he could, but Carolina eventually wore him down.

Everything about his performance was stable. Before the trade deadline, Jones is valuable to a team in need of a goaltender. Perhaps it will be distributed to create cap space or for a draft pick between the fifth and seventh rounds.

Bully Armband (+)

Derick Brassard stormed the gates with Cam Atkinson, but the goal didn’t count due to goalkeeper interference. Atkinson then made a one-on-one play, popping the puck over Andersen. Brassard finished, scoring the rebound to tie the game, 1-1. The gap between these two players, unshakeable since a disallowed goal, was remarkable. In the second period, Brassard and Atkinson were undeniable.

It was also a scoring goal for Brassard. The 200th of his NHL career.

The confidence and warmth that Brassard brought to his game today deserved his placement ahead of Morgan Frost. Many wondered if playing Armband, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, made sense instead of Frost, a pending restricted free agent. For Mike Yeo, it is; he auditions for a coaching position in the NHL. For franchise longevity, Frost makes sense unless he has to be moved at the 2022 NHL trade deadline.

“I thought his first two periods were really good. In the third period, it may have slipped a bit, and it’s just learning to play in these difficult games. You have to want to be at that time; you can’t be afraid to make a mistake, you can’t be afraid things won’t work out. You really have to embrace it. It will be a good baseline for him in terms of how he played in the first two periods and a learning experience to ensure he continues to do so.

Mike Yeo; 03/12/2022

Brassard had a landmark day, as did one of his former teammates, Stepan, who scored his 500th point in his 700th NHL game.

Is Philadelphia suitable for Provorov? (-)

Winning and losing is teamwork. Yeo has to face press conferences every night with the game’s starting keeper. Carter Hart, Jones and Yeo have dealt with the music throughout the season like the professionals they are.

There was this time. Ivan Provorov left a press conference after answering a question, remarking that it was a “waste of time”, to put it mildly. Some of that reminded us of Shayne Gostisbehere towards the end of 2020-21, where he started to lose his temper. Frustrated with the season, it bleeds ice cream.

After a loss to the Minnesota Wild, Yeo explained how Provorov handles the loss. He said Provorov is a better player than he shows, but like the team did that night, he contributes to crumble at the sight of adversity.

The future looks bleak for Provorov, a vital member of the defense, and it may be time for Chuck Fletcher to consider moving him if his development continues to regress at the current rate.

(Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

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