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Flyers Notes: No turning point against Penguins

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Flyers Notes: No turning point against Penguins

Claude Giroux said at the Flyers' morning skate on Thursday that their showdown against the Penguins represented a turning point in their season.
 
Instead, the Flyers played a brutal second period that cost them dearly in a 4-1 loss to the Penguins (see game recap).
 
So now what?
 
“Well, obviously, that is how I felt,” the Flyers captain said. “I think if we won that game it would have been a big turning point. It didn’t happen, so.”
 
Now they have six days off before meeting the Rangers. It is expected Craig Berube will skate them hard, partially because the team’s overall conditioning is lacking.
 
“We have a lot of time to look at tapes and what we are doing wrong,” Giroux said. “If we play 60 minutes of responsible, disciplined [hockey], we will be fine. We’ll start winning games.”
 
Crosby says
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby predicted a “desperate” Flyers club.
 
Well, that didn’t show up until the third period.
 
“They were desperate,” Crosby said. “You could tell they really wanted one, they had some good looks. We got sticks on them, and they fortunately missed a couple good chances. Our mindset was good.
 
“We were patient, and even with that happening, I felt like we still stayed pretty composed. The penalties weren't undisciplined. They were penalties that were in battles, they happen, and the PK, like I said, did a good job.”
 
Crosby thinks the Flyers are better than their 1-7 record shows.
 
“They've got a lot of skill, they're fast,” he said. “That second-period goal with a couple seconds left gave them a big boost. You could tell they came out with a momentum. It was a big reason why they were able to draw those couple of penalties and carry the play for at least the first 10 minutes there.
 
“They've got a lot of weapons, and they did a good job of forcing us to make mistakes there, especially in the first 10 minutes."

Second period
Berube was asked what was said in the dressing room between the second and third periods. The Flyers were badly outplayed in the second.

“You could probably guess what was said,” Berube said when asked, adding he prefers to keep those things internal.

Another suggested Berube didn’t like what he saw in the second.

“Did you,” Berube asked.

Loose pucks
The Flyers won 66 percent of faceoffs over the second and third periods (31 for 47) after winning 8 of 20 in the first period and just two of the first 14 in the game. They finished the game at 58 percent (39 for 67). ... They had 38 shots that never made contact with the net. Yep, the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. … Defenseman Nick Grossmann has five blocked shots.

Flyers recall Matt Read from Phantoms

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Flyers recall Matt Read from Phantoms

Everyone's favorite Flyer is back.

That's right, the team has called up Matt Read from the Phantoms ahead of tonight's game vs. the Predators.

The addition puts the Flyers' roster at the max of 23. For now, Read is likely just an extra forward.

It makes sense to add Read, 31, over a young prospect. General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he will not he will not call a prospect up if he will not get regular playing time. He reiterated as much today (see story). Read provides the Flyers with additional depth — and solid depth at that — but does not require playing time like a younger player would.

Wayne Simmonds, who exited Tuesday's win during the third period, looks slated to play tonight vs. Nashville so don't expect any changes in the lineup or for Read to play tonight, for that matter.

Flyers-Predators thoughts: Looking for best start since 2007-08

Flyers-Predators thoughts: Looking for best start since 2007-08

Flyers (4-2-0) vs. Predators (3-2-1)
7 p.m. on NBCSP, NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports App; Pregame Live at 6:30

The Flyers felt like they let one go last week against the Nashville Predators.

They'll have a chance at a little redemption Thursday night as the Flyers welcome the defending Western Conference champions to the Wells Fargo Center.

It's Game 3 of the Flyers' five-game homestand, and Game 7 of the season.

Let's get into some thoughts before puck drop.

• The Flyers should be happy to see the Predators again so soon. Last time these teams met, the Flyers had a 5-4 lead turn into a crushing 6-5 loss over the final 1:17 of regulation. How it transpired was wild. The Flyers were done in by two penalties and a failed coach's challenge resulting in a third. A victory would have capped a season-opening four-game road trip at 3-1-0. Credit to the Flyers, though, for moving on and winning the first two games of their extended homestay.

• Speaking of which, the Flyers have been ultra impressive on the homestand thus far. In wins over the Capitals and Panthers, the Flyers have outscored their opponents by a combined 13-3. Claude Giroux has three goals and three assists, Shayne Gostisbehere a goal and four assists, Sean Couturier three goals and an assist, while the penalty kill has been strong (7 for 8) along with the goalies (Brian Elliott, 21 saves on 23 shots faced; Michal Neuvirth, 40 saves on 41 shots faced). The Flyers are seeing their potential when all key phases are executing.

• With a win over Nashville, the Flyers would improve to 3-0 at the Wells Fargo Center. The last time they won their first three home games was the 2007-08 season, when they started 6-0 on home ice. A victory would also mark the Flyers' best start through seven games since that same season, when the club opened 6-1-0. Giroux made his NHL debut during the 2007-08 campaign, playing a pair of games in February.

• A huge reason for the Flyers' early success is sustaining energy and skating from the second period to the final buzzer. In fact, it looks like the Flyers take it up notch after the first intermission. They've gotten stronger as the game wears on and the numbers show it. The Flyers have scored the NHL's most second-period goals with 12 and are outscoring the competition, 20-11, in the final two periods.

• It doesn't look like Predators center Nick Bonino (lower body) will play tonight while defenseman Ryan Ellis (knee surgery) remains out and on injured reserve. A player to watch is winger Filip Forsberg, who put up three points (two goals, one assist) in Nashville's 6-5 win over the Flyers last week. That game, which included the winning goal, kick-started a stretch of four markers and four assists in his last four contests. Also, Scott Hartnell is back in town tonight.

• Wayne Simmonds, who missed most of Tuesday's back end of the third period because of a lower-body injury, said Thursday that he's fine.

He's expected in the lineup, as is rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim, who was a healthy scratch the last two games.

And a roster note: Matt Read has been recalled from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, which was expected. The Flyers' roster is now at 23 and he'll be a routine extra.

Here is the Flyers' projected lineup:

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Jordan Weal-Valtteri Filppula-Wayne Simmonds
Dale Weise-Nolan Patrick-Travis Konecny
Taylor Leier-Scott Laughton-Michael Raffl

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Andrew MacDonald
Shayne Gostisbehere-Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim-Radko Gudas

Goalies
Michal Neuvirth
Brian Elliott

Scratches: Forwards Jori Lehtera and Matt Read, and defenseman Brandon Manning.