CHI 7, PHI 4, 10/18/2016

Goal scoring hasn’t been hard to come by in the NHL this year, as we’ve already seen plenty of high-scoring games and unlikely comebacks only one week into the season, the latest being yesterday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks. The Flyers scored four unanswered goals to tie the game after falling into a hole in the second period and ended up taking the loss after the Hawks rattled off three straight in the third.

The Flyers showed some solid defensive play in their first two games, but the Hawks busted them open pretty badly in this one, putting up seven goals and four of them coming at even strength. They had a lot of trouble containing the Anisimov line, who led them up for three goals at five-on-five and Artemi Panarin added another one on the power play for good measure. This line seemed to have an answer for whatever the Flyers threw their way, generating a good chance or scoring off the rush whenever Chicago needed a jolt. The Flyers defense has been playing more aggressive this year and while it’s not a bad system, their blue line is still pretty suspect and the Hawks second line was able to catch them a few times, beating them at the line to create odd-man rushes and open up passing lanes. They also had a couple of turnovers in their own zone which didn’t help matters.

The good news for the Flyers is that their own first line had a fantastic night and led the way for their comeback in the third period. Even after the injury to Michael Raffl, they were able to generate offense and did some damage to the Hawks off the rush. Giroux had probably his best game of the season and Wayne Simmonds built off his strong performance in Arizona, scoring on the power play and being a big contributor on zone entries & shot assists. The bad news is this was the only line that was doing much of anything offensively for the Flyers, Sean Couturier’s goal aside.

Game Data can be downloaded here

Shot Attempts & Passes

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Blackhawks Shots & Passes

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Flyers Shots & Passes

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Shot Combos

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Blackhawks Pass Zones

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Flyers Pass Zones

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5v5 Zone Entries

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Blackhawks Zone Entries

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Flyers Zone Entries

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Blackhawks Zone Entry Defense

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Flyers Zone Entry Defense

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Zone Exits

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Blackhawks Zone Exits

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Flyers Zone Exis

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