Have they turned the corner? Flyers with an impressive win, 3-0 over Buffalo. I guess in some strange way, we can call them the “new look” Flyers. Oskar Lindblom, Jake Voracek, and Justin Braun each returned for the Covid issues. Voracek and Lindblom made an instant impact with each notching an assist.
Brian “Moose” Elliott played his second consecutive strong game and shut out Buffalo for the second time this season. Team Philly has, for now, seems to have made adjustments to what was ailing them. Buffalo (6-9-3) despite their record is leading the league in power-play percentage but was stifled by the Flyers and went 0 for 3.
To me, the attention getter is the shots on goal. Up until this week, the trend was allowing 30-35 shots a game while only gathering 20 or less. Buffalo netminder. Carter Hutton was under fire all afternoon and Philadelphia fired 39 shots at him.
Conversely, Elliott only saw 23. Basing logic off percentages, that amounts to a win.
Travis Sanheim made his presence felt when he intercepted a Sabres clearing attempt and saucered a pretty pass to Sean Couturier (1g,1a) who got the benefit of a misdirection off a defender’s glove and the visitors were on their way.
Couturier was back in the mix and assisted, along with James Van Riemsdyk to allow Shayne Gostisbehere to bury a wrister behind Hutton to double the advantage. Voracek and Lindblom figured in the backbreaker, setting up Scott Laughton for the 3-0 final.
Philadelphia improves to 10-4-3 and seems to have fixed their issues. How good has Moose Elliott been? He improves to 5-1 on the season. With the way the schedule plays out, two quality netminders are a must. Flyers with an impressive win over the Sabres.