First off, we apologize for not getting this post up sooner. You see, we were having lunch as we watched the Flyers-Penguins Saturday, and it took quite some time to get these numbers — and our food — down.
But at least we come bearing a statistical antacid: The Flyers are 28-10-6 in games that start after 7 p.m. Eastern, and their next 12 games (and 20 of their last 24) fall into that time period.
And — we know you're not going to like this — the goaltending even holds up better after dusk. The new Russian goalie (our keyboard forbids us from typing his full name) has a winning record and a slightly better GAA in night games. But it is Sergei Bobrovsky (11-2-1, 2.69, .912 when he takes the ice in the evening) who seems to be the Orange and Black's Prince of Darkness.
Both goalies' day/night stats are below.
(BTW, there are reports that the Flyers fell to 4-10-1 in games that start before 7 p.m. Eastern this season, but we've gone through every official game sheet and we get 4-9-1. That list is below the goalie stats; if anyone finds a game we're missing, let us know.)
|FLYERS PRE-7 p.m. STARTS|
|Sunday, Nov. 13||Panthers||5:09 p.m.||W 3-2|
|Saturday, Nov. 19||at Jets||3:15 p.m.||L 4-6|
|Friday, Nov. 25||Canadiens||3:07 p.m.||W 3-1|
|Saturday, Nov. 26||at Rangers||2:07 p.m.||L 0-2|
|Saturday, Dec. 17||Bruins||1:07 p.m.||L 0-6|
|Monday, Jan. 2||Rangers (CBP)||3:21 p.m.||L 2-3|
|Saturday, Jan. 7||Senators||1:08 p.m.||W 3-2 (ot)|
|Sunday, Jan. 8||at Senators||5:08 p.m.||L 4-6|
|Saturday, Jan. 21||at Devils||1:08 p.m.||W 4-1|
|Sunday, Jan. 22||Bruins||3:08 p.m.||L 5-6 (so)|
|Saturday, Feb. 4||Devils||1:08 p.m.||L 4-6|
|Sunday, Feb. 5||at Rangers||1:08 p.m.||L 2-5|
|Saturday, Feb. 11||Rangers||1:08 p.m.||L 2-5|
|Saturday, Feb. 18||Penguins||1:08 p.m.||L 4-6|
|Saturday, March 17||at Bruins||1 p.m.||?|
|Sunday, March 18||Penguins||3 p.m.||?|
|Saturday, March 31||Senators||1 p.m.||?|
|Saturday, April 7||at Penguins||4 p.m.||?|