The Philadelphia Flyers were successful in snapping their losing streak on Tuesday night when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3, but they did have quite a bit of a struggle to get there. When they take to their home ice against the Nashville Predators on Thursday night, they will need to correct those issues.
The issue in Tuesday night’s game was that they played a bit sluggish as if sleepwalking in the first period. They weren’t playing a full 60 minutes, and in hockey it’s essential for a team to be active the entire game. Sometimes it’s just not enough to turn it on in the last few seconds, so the Flyers can’t rely on a late game surge on Thursday. The team also needs to make sure that they are helping their goalie protect the net. They haven’t been that great playing defensively in the past few games, and their performances have made that apparent.
The good news is that this is the second time the Flyers will face off against the Predators this season, and the last time they played the Flyers saw a 3-2 shootout win. Since it was a shootout that means that the Flyers cannot take the Predators lightly. The Predators have gone 4-3-3 in their last ten games whereas the Flyers have gone 7-3-0 over the same span. It looks like the Flyers might have the upper hand, but the Predators have gone to overtime and shootout periods in three of their recent games which is a testament to their determination.
The Flyers will have to be mindful of Predators defenseman Shea Weber, because although he’ll help keep their goals from his netminder, he also is quick to score his own. The Flyers’ Jakub Voracek and Vincent Lecavalier were the team’s saving grace in their game on Tuesday. Expect these two players and the top lines to be hot again on Thursday.