Flyers v. Sabres 3 Storylines: Quick-Hit Matinee Edition

A full 60-minute effort in the 3-0 shutout of the Sabres on Saturday afternoon, and the Flyers will be looking for more this afternoon.  Check out the full PSG Postgame recap to relive yesterday’s victory. These are quick-hit storylines to watch for game two of the back-to-back with Buffalo.

Flyers v. Sabres: Three Storylines

Carter Start

It has been a week since Carter Hart was chased out of Tahoe by a Bruins team that seems to be in his head.  The start of this abbreviated season has not been stellar for the young goalie, and with Brian Elliott winning his last two games – including yesterday’s 3-0 shutout – there could be the temptation to stick with the “hot hand.”

But Carter Hart is getting the start and needs to get dialed back in if the Flyers will thrive in this 19 games in 33 days stretch. The scenario is certainly in his favor for success, with an already understaffed Sabres team coming off a shutout loss. 

It’s a big moment for Hart to start his climb back to confidence right when the Flyers as a whole seem to be finding theirs.

Proooocesss Clicking

Coach Alain Vigneault has a unique pronunciation of process – prooocesss, prowcesss – however he says it is starting to click for the Flyers.

With a 1-0 lead, the start of the 2nd period was actually a snooze fest.  Then, Joel Farabee made a strong forecheck play with his stick that sparked a completely dominating shift for that line. Something clicked from that point on, and the Flyers often-AWOL process clicked up and down the lineup. 

Coach AV called out the team’s strong execution of “killing plays,” – which create turnovers that permit you to go on offense.  Whatever he calls it, however he pronounces it, this afternoon is another opportunity for the Flyers to buy into “the system” with a mostly healthy lineup and wear down this Buffalo team.

Ghost Gains Confidence

Shayne Gostisbehere has pieced together several solid appearances while being paired with star Ivan Provorov – culminating in goals in consecutive games against New York and Buffalo this week. You see his confidence growing not only in points but also using his quickness to pinch in the offensive zone strategically and his skating and puck handling on the breakouts. 

He is still good for one or two heart-pounding turnovers/game, but overall, the Ghost is showing glimpses of what fans feel in love with at the beginning of his career; look for Shayne to continue to make strides this afternoon.

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