You’ve heard the expression, “They were in the right place at the right time,” yes? That short phrase could be ringing truth for the Philadelphia Flyers when tomorrow’s contest with the Detroit Red Wings is all said and done. Currently, Philly is as cold as the ice it skates upon. They could use a a big break. Perhaps Jimmy Howard is it.
The Red Wings’ goalie hasn’t played in the previous three games due to a left knee injury, an insult already added to injury, only reversed this time. However, Howard is set to make a quicker than expected return to the ice Tuesday night against the orange and black. Much like Flyers’ Steve Mason, Howard is a guy who has been struggling after being praised as the answer in the net. Howard has posted a dismal 9-12-8 record this season. His 2.64 goals against average is 27th in the NHL and his .916 save percentage isn’t anything to rave about, ranking 16th in the league.
To make matters worse for Howard, he doesn’t have the brightest history against Philadelphia. In three career matchups, he’s 1-2 and has given up 10 goals. This could be the perfect mixture of ingredients Philadelphia has been looking for to get back on track. Philadelphia has only been able to find the net five times in its last three games.
There’s no need to explain the importance of tomorrow night’s game for the Flyers due to the fact that five of their next six opponents are teams ranked in the league’s top nine. Tomorrow night’s game has become an unwanted must win game for the Flyers. If they can’t come up with two points, they could be in some very serious trouble. Philadelphia is currently one point out of the playoff mix. If they do end up losing those five games following tomorrow’s game, it could be disastrous.