After getting going early thanks to an unassisted goal by James van Riemsdyk the Flyers got into penalty trouble. That’s always the issue right? Pronger had no penalties, and Hartnell had only the roughing/unsportsmanlike conduct double minor. The rest of the penalties were a cluster of guys trying out for the team like Nodl and Bartulis.
The game wasn’t terrible. The Flyers showed that the penalty kill will be just as effective this year. It just doesn’t help being man down all the time.
In two periods of play Emery stopped 23 of 25 shots. Boucher also let in one in the third period. While the 3-1 loss may not seem spectacular it was more of a trial by fire for the penalty killers. Pronger, Emery, and Betts get the awards for top penalty killers. Pronger you’d expect, Emery as well since he’s the goalie. Betts had a few blocked shots and even broke away to the races short handed which led to a Red Wing in the box in return thanks to a hook. Betts has shown some real effort in order to make the team. If the first preseason game is any indication of what’s to come we will need all the penalty kill extraordinaires we can get anyway.
Van Riemsdyk played well with Hartnell and Carter, but I found it odd that he was switched with Pyorala who played the majority of the game with Giroux and Briere. Pyorala had shown some fantastic chemistry with Hartnell and Carter while JVR had found the same on the speedy midget line. The chemistry seemed all kinds of screwed up until late in the game when both offensive lines showered Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with a number of shots. None went in.
As far as tonight’s game is concerned, the Flyers will be playing the Maple Leafs in London, Ontario. Gagne will not get the go-ahead just yet. That doesn’t mean there’s a problem with his injury. It’s completely precautionary. Hartnell, Pronger, Carle, Briere, Emery, and Jones (good sign?) all get the night off as well.
Forwards: Matt Clackson, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Jeff Carter, Arron Asham, Dan Carcillo, Jon Kalinski, Darroll Powe, Riley Cote, Blair Betts, Mika Pyorala, Jared Ross.
Defensemen: Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Danny Syvret, Logan Stephenson, Ryan Parent, Oskars Bartulis, Joonas Lehtivuori.
Goalies: Johan Backlund, Brian Boucher.
You can watch tonight’s game if you have the NHL Network.
If not I will find a free live stream that WILL work. The problem with last night’s stream is that it was not televised anywhere. It was only for radio broadcast. Tonight’s stream will be much easier to find. If you have about $10.00 to spare ($14.00 for High Definition) you should try HockeyStreams.com for a MONTH PASS which will take you through all of preseason. (If not, a single game of regular definition is $4.00 and $6.00 gets you HD.) You’ll get all televised Flyers games streamed live on your computer with great quality. If not just wait around, and a link will be tweeted through Phinally Philly though we cannot guarantee the quality.
Game starts at 7:00!
Also, great article about Patrick Maroon and his chances to make the club since his recent surgery. It sucks because a lot of people were pulling for this kid. He will likely start with the Phantoms now, but I wouldn’t count him out as a 2009-10 Flyer just yet.
Only a few rookies collecting loose pucks remained on the ice after practice Wednesday as Pat Maroon lingered. He took a few slow laps of the rink, grabbed a couple of sticks left behind and used them like a pair of ski poles as he glided off the ice.
If anyone had a reason to want a little extra time savoring the ice, it’s Maroon. He’s been hampered all camp by the aftereffects of surgery July 30 to repair a sports hernia. After skating at rookie camp last week, Wednesday was just his second day back after sitting out the first two days of Flyers camp.
The missed time turned out to be costly for the 21-year-old second-year pro. Touted by Flyers brass as a top contender for a roster spot, Maroon was left off the list of players taken on a road trip to Detroit. Instead, Maroon remained here with the 25 players practicing under Adirondack Phantoms coach Greg Gilbert.
“It’s not what I wanted to do,” Maroon said. “I just wanted to come in and obviously make a first impression. But obviously, I’m hurt. It just kind of stinks right now.” Ironically, Maroon, who has long struggled with his weight, came into the season in the best shape of his life. He dropped 10 pounds to get to 225 on his 6-foot-4 frame.
Coming off a 23-goal, 51-point season with the Phantoms last year, he had an excellent summer camp that caught the attention of Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren. But sometime during that camp, he got hit the wrong way and tweaked the sports hernia, which is in the groin area.
“They told me I might have to get surgery,” Maroon said. “And sure enough, two days later after camp I had surgery.”
Maroon couldn’t skate for five weeks. He was able to keep most of his conditioning regime, but there’s no replacement for skating, and it showed some on Wednesday.
“He was dragging a little bit,” Gilbert said. “But you know, that’s natural after a couple of days off.”
While Maroon rehabbed at camp, some of his competitors for the winger spot on the Flyers were playing an NHL exhibition in Detroit. One of those, rookie James van Riemsdyk, started the game.
“I know just because I had surgery they’re not going to stop looking at me. I think there’s a chance for me still,” Maroon said.
Everyone seems in agreement that he has NHL-caliber skills. Conditioning and his skating ability will be the things that determine when he makes it there.
“There are some things we need to work on with Pat, but he’s a big, strong body and he moves pretty well,” Gilbert said. “He’s got to continue to work on his skating stride, but big strong kid, protects the puck, good hands in tight. There’s a lot of potential there.”
Maroon, a sixth-round pick of the Flyers in 2007, didn’t develop in a hockey hotbed. He’s from St. Louis, which didn’t have much of a youth hockey scene. He played one year for a junior team there before moving to the Ontario Hockey League.
Maroon said thanks to the work of some former pros in the area, the hockey culture in the Midwestern city has developed to a higher level than people on the outside assume.
“St. Louis has come a long way since I’ve been playing so I’m glad to see that and hopefully keep it going,” Maroon said.