The Flyers picked up their first win of the preseason Tuesday night with a 4-0 shutout of the Islanders. This was a split-squad game for the Islanders, with the other half of the roster being in New York for a game against the Rangers. Combine that with some of their other players being at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto and they were left with a skeleton lineup for this game, dressing only a few players who will see NHL time this year. In other words, the results don’t mean much to them here, but it was a chance for them to evaluate some young players and one of their top prospects in Josh Ho-Sang, who got to play top-six minutes and power play time this game.
This was an evaluation game for the Flyers, as well who dressed a few of their top defensive prospects in Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers and Ivan Provorov. All three of them had pretty impressive showings in this game and it will be interesting to see who the Flyers end up keeping at the end of training camp.
all data is five-on-five unless noted otherwise.
Another pre-season game, another special teams battle. Islanders probably didn’t deserve to get shutout since they were doing some good work on the power play, but it’s the preseason so who cares.
Philadelphia Flyers Shots
The Flyers had an advantage going into this game since most of their NHL forwards dressed and they led the way for them offensively, with the exception of Jordan Weal who was centering the first line in the absence of Claude Giroux. Some of their young defensemen weren’t shy to create from the back-end, though. Travis Sanheim in particular seemed to be everywhere in the Islanders zone.
New York Islanders Shots
.Joshua Ho-Sang was the Islanders clear standout for me. Always seemed to be creating something whenever he was out there and his contributions are doubled if you factor in his work on the power play. Hope to see more of him in the preseason because he’s fun to watch. Anthony Beauvillier also did some good work on this line.
Again, Ho-Sang is very good. Jordan Weal also had a nice game for the Flyers, taking advantage of being on a top line with Wayne Simmonds & Brayden Schenn.
Philadelphia Pass Zones
Not pictured here, but two of Weal’s assists were faceoff wins, so that boosted his total a little. The Flyers do run a lot of these plays, though.
New York Pass Zones
More evidence of how solid the Ho-Sang-Beauvillier-Lee line was for the Islanders, as they were the only forwards who were creating passing plays in dangerous areas. Ho-Sang in particular was making things happen all over the offensive zone, especially in the middle of the ice.
New York Entries
Philadelphia Zone Entry Defense
New York Zone Entry Defense
Philadelphia Zone Exits
New York Zone Exits