Coaching changes add no power to Flyers game – Delco Times
PHILADELPHIA – Only Montreal and Arizona ranked behind the Flyers on the power play heading into their game against Detroit on Wednesday. The Flyers had connected on their overall 14.96 percent power-play chance, which hits the meter slightly above hysterical and just below awful.
For fits and giggles, look to Montreal, which at 13.64% still ranks above Arizona. But then again, the Canadiens hired Marty St. Louis as head coach on Wednesday, so have a laugh.
Unlike the Habs, the Flyers had the idea that coaches, no matter how many goals they scored, must also be experienced. That’s why they had former head coaches Mike Yeo and Michel Therrien in place with Alain Vigneault before general manager Chuck Fletcher fired AV and Therrien in a typical NHL panic.
It’s also why Fletcher recently brought in longtime NHL assistant John Torchetti. And on Wednesday, head coach Yeo, still on an interim basis, decided to make full use of Torchetti, naming him the power-play coach of choice.
In response, the Flyers went oh-for-5 on man-not-really-an-advantage against the Red Wings in a more than half-empty 6-3 loss at the Wells Fargo Center. It’s 5 for 44 since the start of the new year (and the continuation of the same bad season).
“Yeah, I thought the power play matched our 5-on-5 game,” Yeo said. “It really didn’t generate any momentum for our offense tonight.”
As with all other parts of the game…status quo.
“To be honest, we had no response the whole game,” Yeo said.
Torchetti, 57, has toured the NHL, as well as every other level of professional and junior hockey here and abroad. He was an assistant or even interim head coach with seven different NHL franchises, including the Red Wings for two seasons (2016-18).
Yeo said Torchetti “has a lot of power-play experience, so those will be his main responsibilities. He’ll work…with me; he’s a good voice for me.
Maybe all those years of experience will allow Torchetti to scream a lot, which might be necessary for anyone trying to get that power play – which of course is sorely missed by injured Sean Couturier and Kevin Hayes – to show. a bit of life.
In addition to asking Torchetti to carry the torch on the power play, assistant Darryl Williams will move to penalty-killing duties, a facet of special teams the Flyers (26th of 32 teams there) also don’t excel at. .
He’ll also see what he can try to do with the Flyers’ scattered defense, with ex-Flyer Nick Schultz now an assistant moving from behind the bench to be the ‘eye in the sky’ coach. from the press gallery.
“A lot of switches in there,” Yeo said, “but all the guys are very capable and comfortable in (those) places.”
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There was some surprise that after a week-long hiatus, Yeo failed to bring top prospects Morgan Frost and Cam York back to the big club.
Instead, the Flyers have outfitted five minor leaguers in the bottom six, as well as third-line center Derick Brassard, who has played in both games in the past two months with a hip injury. And in defense it was Nick Seeler and Keith Yandle on third pair while York stayed with the Phantoms.
Says Yeo of Frost and York: “Their development is always paramount. … The experience of being here playing with us has been invaluable to them. I think we see improvement in both of their games.
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Phantoms graduate Isaac Ratcliffe earned credit for his first NHL goal on a shot by hitting teammate Zack MacEwen. The goal was initially credited to MacEwen, but it was announced a period later as Ratcliffe’s, who later admitted he went in after deflecting his leg.