The Flyers face the Senators, Giroux for the first time
The Philadelphia Flyers (5-3-2) visit the Ottawa Senators (4-6-0) tonight at Canadian Tire Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
Completing the first ten games of the 2022-2023 season, the Flyers didn’t put on an effective performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs. John Tortorella sent a message to Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes after a lackluster performance against the San Jose Sharks earlier this season. The effort in Toronto may have been the worst since losing to the Sharks at the Wells Fargo Center.
“When you’re building a team, you’re not just looking to build and develop your players; you’re also looking at players you just don’t think will make it.
Morgan Frost was out of the lineup, and the next day Tortorella challenged Travis Sanheim to make a difference on “The best show ever.”
“Not good enough. Not good enough. I don’t know him; I haven’t seen him make a difference for us. I know him to the extent that people have told me about him, but I haven’t certainly not seen. Forget the use of the word “consistency; ‘I didn’t see it.’
Whenever Tortorella challenges players, either publicly or privately, they respond with a passing grade. Hayes had two assists against the Florida Panthers in a 4-3 victory. Wade Allison responded to a reduction in ice time, gain some confidence after a goal and an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tortorella praised Konecny:
“TK was probably our best player; not probably, it was. Other than our goaltender, Carter, TK has been our most consistent player. I love the way he plays. »
The Senators sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Their latest tilt resulted in a loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, 5-4. Planning may have played a role; Ottawa hasn’t faced a back-to-back game in 2022-23. Philadelphia has lost the second straight game three times, but is 2-0-0 in tilts after one game in a row. Tonight, the Flyers are in a prime position to respond with a road win.
Claude Giroux, unsurprisingly, gets the spotlight. It will be the first time he will face Philadelphia since his trade last season with the Panthers. Giroux scored two even-strength goals against the Golden Knights, bringing his total to nine points (5G, 4A) this season.
“I never thought I would play for any other team, to be honest, until my last year with Philly when it all happened. Everything went quickly too. It’s something you never think about because you’ve been there a long time. I absolutely loved playing in front of these fans and wearing this jersey; I did it with great pride. I never really thought about playing for another team, but I’m here now.
Thomas Chabot (-4, 53.9% CF, 16BLK, 8GV) had a quality night against Vegas. He is a blue understudy on the power play. After the Flyers’ loss to the Maple Leafs, they were the most penalized team in the NHL. The only way for Philadelphia to mitigate Chabot is to be the more disciplined team. Currently, the Flyers are shorthanded in fourteenth place, despite the time they have been inside the box.
here is the provisional line-up for Philadelphia:
Scott Laughton (3G, 1A) is due on the scoreboard tonight against Ottawa. He’s been very active against Toronto (3SOG, 5HIT, 1BLK) in every way Tortorella wants. Early in the first period, Laughton sent a puck over the post, which could have completely reversed the Flyers’ momentum. A veteran of the team and the only player with a letter stitched on his jersey, a matchup between Laughton and Giroux seems fair.
Nick Seeler (-1, 37.3% CF, 20HIT, 4GV) plays better than his stat line reflects. He’s another player to compliment Tortorella, proving himself against the Maple Leafs (4BLK, 2HIT, 2SOG) alongside Egor Zamula. In 2022-2023, Seeler is a constant on the bottom pair.
Place your bets
Leaflets money line (+155)
Claude Giroux score at any time (+240)
Scott Laughton 0.5 points (+110)
Thomas Chabot 0.5 points (-125)
Tonight’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators is available on NBC Sports Philadelphia. You can tune in to 97.5 the fanatic for the radio show.
(Photo Credit/Alex McIntyre)