The Philadelphia Flyers will be looking for more over a reputable opponent on Wednesday night in St. Louis. They were victorious on Tuesday night with a 6-5 win in a shootout against the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak’s head was not in the game, and the Flyers were able to take advantage. This was after they got behind by two goals in the first period, so it was a nice come from behind effort.
A 2-goal deficit against the Bruins is usually a death sentence, but the Flyers came up with a big win to get to 26-16-6 and 54 points. As a bubble team in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers may need those two points later in the season. They’re playing hard and could surprise a team in the playoffs if they do get into the playoffs. A top seed is no guarantee, just ask the Tampa Bay Lightning who were bounced without winning a game.
The Blues are familiar with silencing the doubters. By now you already know that the Blues went from last to first and a Stanley Cup. The Flyers might be able to pull off what the Blue Jackets did last season with an upset in the first-round, but I can’t see anything more than that. Oskar Lindblom provides this team with a reason not to give up and go all out, though his absence on the ice certainly hurts in that respect. He was having a solid campaign before the unfortunate diagnosis. Carter Hart, who has shared time with Brian Elliott as the starting goaltender, will not be active tonight. He left practice with an injury, prompting the Flyers to call up Alex Lyon to backup Elliott.
We last saw Elliott play on January 7th against the Hurricanes on the road. It did not go well for him in that one, as Elliott was tagged for 5 goals against on 33 shots. His last six starts and ten out of his previous eleven appearances have come on the road. Elliott will make yet another road outing on Wednesday versus the Blues at the Enterprise Center.
The Blues are hot with four straight wins to advance to 30-10-7 and 67 points on the season. They’ve put a pretty sizable gap between themselves and the Dallas Stars now, as 8 points may turn into a 10 point lead after tonight. It’s unlikely that anyone can catch the Blues, but the Stars and Avalanche could make it interesting in the later stages of the season. If there’s any team in the league who know a thing or two about comebacks it’s the Blues. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Blues pick.
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The Flyers surely didn’t give up against the Bruins on Tuesday night. A late goal in the 1st period changed the entire dynamic of the game. They go into the break down two goals, and the energy in the locker room may have been a lot different. Halak was terrible, so we have to give him a big F grade, but credit for the Flyers for taking advantage of their chances.
If Elliott can’t stand up and have a solid game in St. Louis tonight, it’s going to be a whole lot more difficult on the Flyers here. He’s been struggling recently, with at least four goals allowed in four of his last five starts. Elliott has received only five starts since December 15th, so head coach Alain Vigneault has not felt too confident in calling his number between the pipes.
Elliott has been shaky on the road, having posted a 3.32 GAA and 0.894 save percentage in 16 appearances. Four of them were in relief of Carter Hart after he was pulled out of games. Elliott will be playing his former team in this one. The Flyers are hoping that accounts for something, and he’s motivated to play well in front of his former fans on Wednesday. However, Elliott has not been spectacular in past outings versus the Blues. He owns a 2.91 GAA and 0.898 save percentage against the Blues in seven starts.
He shouldn’t expect to get much help from a defence who has disappeared and hasn’t helped out much on the road. For as much criticism as Elliott and Hart had levied their way, the defence has done a poor job shoring up the defensive zone. The Flyers have gotten rocked for 3.83 goals against, while scoring just 2.54 goals per game on the road.
Not much help from the defence and no goal support has resulted in a couple of frustrated goaltenders when out on road trips. It’s also resulted in a record of 9-13-2, which wouldn’t cut it in the playoffs as a bottom seed. Conversely, the Blues have been one of the best in the league in their home barn. They enter this contest with a record of 17-4-3 at the Enterprise Center in 2019-20.
The Blues have scored at an effective clip of 3.33 goals per game at home, and they’ve been on fire recently with 3.8 goals scored per contest across their last ten outings overall. They pummeled the Flyers for a 7-3 win in their most recent meeting. Combined with a 3-0 win last January, the Blues have outpaced the Flyers by 7 goals in their last two meetings. After a gritty performance by the Flyers at home on Tuesday evening, expect the opposite to be true against a physical Blues squad in this one. Look for Gloria to be playing on Wednesday night at the Enterprise Center thanks to another Blues’ win.