Pod Street Postgame: Flyers Intrasquad Game for Last Chance Evaluations

Philadelphia Flyers Team White vs Philadelphia Flyers Team Orange

Team White – 4 Team Orange – 2

Flyers Team White Goal Scorers :

Nic Aube-Kubel, Nolan Patrick, Scott Laughton (3v3), James van Riemsdyk (3v3) 

Flyers Team Orange Goal Scorers:

Kevin Hayes (2)

Takeaways from tonight’s Intersquad game :

Giroux/Hayes/Farabee

The Philadelphia Flyers formed a new second line during training camp and the chemistry that came out of it is unreal. Team Orange opened up the scoring with a beautiful tic-tac-toe sequence with Kevin Hayes finding the back of the net. Farabee entered the zone and gave an easy drop pass for Claude Giroux. Captain G then extended the ice and stretched the puck back to Farabee down at the bottom of the circle. Joel found Giroux again with Claude sliding the puck across to Kevin Hayes for a beautiful one timer.

Later on in the period, Farabee was doing what he does best, pressuring the Team White defenseman on the forecheck. Eventually pestering the defenseman enough, Farabee was able to come away with the puck and find Hayes in front of Hart for his second goal of the night. This line was buzzing all night and making clean crisp passes all over the ice. Look forward to seeing this chemistry get better against their opponents. 

Nolan Patrick Revenge Tour

Centering Jake Voracek and James van Riemsdyk, Nolan Patrick skating in this scrimmage looked to be the healthiest he has ever been. You could find Patrick all over the ice and hungry for any loose puck in the offensive zone. Ladies and gentleman, Nolan Patrick is back and he is ready for the regular season. Team White deployed this line during the majority of the game in order to get a glimpse of what they might be able to stir up. The line of Voracek, Patrick and JVR was able to create many scoring opportunities.

Towards the end of the second period, Jake Voracek worked off a couple players to be able to make a pass to Max Willman. Willman in turn shoots the puck across the goalmouth to a wide open Patrick for the slam dunk goal on Brian Elliot. Even though it was just an intrasquad scrimmage, seeing Patrick back on the ice and producing should be a heavy sigh of relief for Flyers fans. Patrick received high prais from Alain Vigneault. Expect to see Patrick, JVR and Voracek be a consistent third line option for Vigneault entering this season. 

Flyers “Season of Adjustments”

Jim Jackson was heard multiple times during the scrimmage talking about the “Season of Adjustments.” From last year’s playoffs to this year’s realigned divisions with taxi squads, the Flyers have to adjust to everything being thrown at them. Coaches decided that they would throw a little bit of a curveball to the players during tonight’s game. Before the third period puck drop, it was announced that at the 15 minute mark of the third period, the teams would use the last remaining five minutes to simulate a 3v3 overtime period. Once the overtime was over, the teams would then go into a five-round shootout. 

As the buzzer went off for the “end of regulation”, the teams were tied 2-2 which actually helped simulate the 3v3 Overtime. Team White broke the tie breaker in the 3v3 OT simulation with Scott Laughton and James van Riemsdyk scoring breakaway goals. They didn’t end the overtime when a goal was scored until the end of the five minutes. The five-round shootout gave the goaltenders a test which they stood up for. Hart and Elliott made it through eight rounds until Michael Raffl stepped up to center ice. Raffl skated through center ice with the puck, crossed into the zone and scorched a slapshot past Brian Elliot to end the shootout. 

Final Thoughts

Even though it was supposed to be a final evaluation for Alain Vigneault and Chuck Fletcher to put together their final roster before Wednesday’s tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins, it allowed the fans to finally see their team play some hockey since September. If the goalies play as well as they did during this game and players can remain healthy, there is no reason why this team won’t be among the top teams in the Eastern division. 

The overtime play and shootout play could be very detrimental to this year’s success if they are able to put some pucks in the back of the net during either of them. Seeing success in an intrasquad scrimmage game is nice, but if it doesn’t translate to the regular season then you could chalk it up as a loss. The Flyers look like their having fun on the ice which is all good, but it’s time to buckle up and get down to business ahead of Wednesday’s opening game against the Penguins.

Photo Credit – Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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