On the road against the St. Louis Blues, the Philadelphia Flyers dug themselves into a hole in the first two periods. In the third period, they cut the deficit to one, but Alexey Toropchenko added to the game-winner by Justin Faulk, 4-2.
After the game, Rocky Thompson gave his insight about the team after serving as the bench boss:
“Quite frankly, it looks like some guys in here don’t even care. They’re just not trying. I’m not going to call anybody out individually, but your teammates know, and you know, and I’ll give everybody another chance. If you’re going to do it, I’ll keep playing you. If you’re not, I’m not going to play you.”Rocky Thompson; 4/4/2023
Thompson did acknowledge a positive trend in the third period, nearly tying the game. John Tortorella will be back behind the bench after observing the loss to the Blues with Daniel Briere. Philadelphia needs a better effort on the road against the Dallas Stars.
Dallas Stars (42-21-14)
The Dallas Stars steamrolled the Nashville Predators, 5-1. In a three-way tie for the top seed in the NHL Central Division, two points and a victory versus the Philadelphia Flyers remains critical. Back on November 13th, 2022, the Stars routed the Flyers, 5-1.
Jason Robertson (43G, 58A) eclipsed the one-hundred point threshold. The current campaign is the best of his career as he makes a case to become a NHL superstar. Robertson has ten points (2G, 8A) in his last five games. He takes quality shots on goal, especially on the powerplay, where he has double-digit goals in consecutive seasons. Robertson will clean up rebounds in addition, which is how he scored a powerplay goal against Philadelphia on November 13th.
Colin Miller (+20, 105HIT, 44GV, 53.1%CF) is proving to be a great fit in Dallas. He last experience this type of success when he played for the Vegas Golden Knights. Miller isn’t known for his shot selection; the Flyers will likely do a fine job in blocking shots on goal from the blue line, but he did score one versus Nashville.
Philadelphia Flyers (29-35-13)
As mentioned, the Philadelphia Flyers are freshly off of a loss on the road to the St. Louis Blues. Thompson did provide a positive take from the game, notably about how the Flyers flashed resilience in the third period:
“As the game unfolds, you’ve got to take on your own identity; which as a head coach is sometimes a little bit different than when you’re an assistant. I took that identity on after the second period, to tell you the truth, because I was very disappointed in how we were performing. Our guys responded really well in the third and gave us a fighting chance. We almost tied it up with that scramble in front of the net. That was a positive thing.”Rocky Thompson; 4/4/2023
Morgan Frost (19G, 24A) has the hot hand. He is on a five-game points streak totaling seven points (5G, 2A) dating back to the last victory for Philadelphia versus the Montreal Canadiens. Additionally, he has the most points scored of any forward on the roster since the start of the 2023 calendar year. Frost is getting chances below the hash marks, and it almost meant a multi-goal game against the Blues. Earlier this season versus the Dallas Stars, Frost made a positive impression on the forecheck and in the defensive zone, forcing a takeaway.
Owen Tippett (23G, 19A) cooled off as of late. He has two goals in the last five games, but currently rides a three-game drought. He didn’t score in St. Louis, but he did flex his defensive play in even-strength situations with two takeaways. Each of his shots on goal were quality on November 13th versus the Stars, but he couldn’t solve Jake Oettinger. His physicality on the forecheck was noticeable, however.
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You can watch the Philadelphia Flyers visit the Dallas Stars on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The radio broadcast is available on 93.3 WMMR and Flyers Radio 24/7. The puck drops at 8:30pm.
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