5 things to know today about the Flyers
Five things to know about the Flyers (7-7-3):
1. They played a solid game Tuesday, but a bad "read" by slow-to-react goalie Steve Mason led to a late wraparound goal en route to a 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa. It was the Flyers' fourth defeat in their last five games.
2. On Thursday, the Flyers will host sizzling Winnipeg (9-7-2), which is on a 4-0-1 run and is coming off a 4-0 win over Chicago. Mason is expected to get the start, though coach Dave Hakstol has more confidence in Anthony Stolarz than he did last season.
3. Ivan Provorov is starting to assert himself. The rookie defenseman had 11 shot attempts (five on goal) and three hits while playing a team-high 22:43 on Tuesday -- and nearly scored his first NHL goal.
4. The Flyers should win when they get a goal from their third and fourth lines -- as they did Tuesday, thanks to Nick Cousins and Michael Raffl. But the top two lines were blanked, and the power play failed to score for the first time in six games.
5. Not only did five Flyers fail to score in Tuesday's shootout, but they didn't even force Craig Anderson to make a difficult save. They were tentative and didn't seem to have a plan. Down the other end, Mason practically stood on his head as he made four stops before Erik Karlsson's winner.