Flyers 0, Predators 1 Post-Game: The Rinne Wall

Updated: October 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm by Brady Trettenero

The Flyers were looking to make it three straight wins to kick off the homestand when they faced off against the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Michael Neuvirth turned in a strong 23-save showing and rookies’ Robert Hagg and Travis Sanheim made some impressive plays on the blueline, but the Flyers couldn’t solve opposing net-minder Pekka Rinne in a 1-0 defeat.

Highlights

The Flyers got an emotional boost before the game even started as the Ed Snider statue was unveiled outside of the Wells Fargo Center.

Missed penalty calls were the talk of the town during the first period, as the refs appeared unwilling to blow the whistle on a few very obvious calls. The way Ryan Johansen reacts here makes it seem as if he was expecting to be called for the trip, yet no arm went up. It’s not a good look to always blame the refs after a loss, but there needs to be some consistency of what constitutes a penalty and what doesn’t.

Ex-Flyer Scott Hartnell was also doing Scott Hartnell things, really selling a penalty against Radko Gudas.

Colton Scissons scored the game’s lone goal in the third period, cashing in on a saucer pass from Kevin Fiala and beating Neuvirth blocker-side. Andrew MacDonald was caught up-ice on the play and tried to make sure Ivan Provorov knew which guy he was taking as he rushed back. Unfortunately, while he was pointing Provorov to his man, the puck wound up in the back of the net.

Wayne Simmonds continued to be Wayne Simmonds. Not too sure what he was doing here, but Ryan Johansen’s reaction was priceless. Good to see Simmonds playing after he left Tuesday’s game for precautionary reasons with a lower-body injury.

News/ Takeaways

  • Both Robert Hagg and Travis Sanheim made some great plays on the blueline for the Flyers. They both stepped into the rush on a few occasions, while also looking sound defensively. Hagg broke up a 2-on-1 with a really impressive play and Sanheim made a few fearless blocks on the penalty kill.
  • Speaking of defenseman, Shayne Gostisbehere logged a career-high 25:23 in the defeat. Ghost saw his three-game point streak come to an end, but he’s been looking like the  Gostisbehere we got to know and love in his rookie campaign with the Flyers.
  • Another strong outing for Neuvirth. He’s given up just three goals in his three appearances this season and that’s a great sign moving forward. We all know Brian Elliott has the potential to steal games, but he’s failed to really impress in his time in Philadelphia so far, so it’s a very good sign that Neuvirth is at the top of his game right now.
  • One thing to monitor is the status of Jordan Weal. He missed Thursday’s game and is considered day-to-day. Matt Read was recalled from the Phantoms, but didn’t end up playing. Instead, Jori Lehtera made his debut with the Flyers. The second line really hurts without Weal and it had been rolling with Simmonds and Valtteri Filppula prior to Tuesday. Weal has been excellent this season, putting up four points in six games and really helping generate speed on the Flyers’ second line. He was back at practice on Friday morning and hopefully is ready to go for Saturday’s matinee against the Oilers.

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