DETROIT _ The Flyers raised their preseason record to 2-1-1 with a methodical 3-1 win Friday night over the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena.
Some post-game thoughts:
- Winger Matt Read is starting to look like a lock to make the team. Read had a goal and an assist Friday and led the Flyers in time on ice (22:58). He also was used more than any of the team’s forwards on the power play and penalty kill. (Yes, coach Peter Laviolette loves the kid.)
- There is an interesting battle taking place for the No. 6 and No. 7 D spots.
Matt Walker had a game-high four hits Friday and has been impressive in camp, but his high cap hit may cost him a chance to start the season with the team. Andreas Lilja (five blocks, three hits), Erik Gustafsson (plus-2) and Osklars Bartulis (solid wok on PK) also played well Friday and are in the running for the final two spots.
Here are the cap hits for the four: Walker ($1.7 million), Gus ($900,000), Lilja ($737,500) and Bartulis ( $600,000). And, remember, the Flyers are cap-strapped, so every dollar counts.
- Sean Couturier continues to show poise beyond his years. The 18-year-old center was one of the best players on the ice Friday.
- If Jaromir Jagr was complaining about not having his skating rhythm Friday, how good is the 39-year-old winger going to be when he DOES get his game in order?
In his Flyers debut, Jagr had a goal and an assist; he also made some eye-opening passes. But he said after the game that he was disappointed in his play.
- There’s a good chance winger Mike Testwuide will be suspended for his checking-from-behind hit on Brendan Smith in the first period. The new rules, designed to curtail concussions, make it hazy on what constitutes a major penalty, so teams are kind of “learning on the fly.”
- Matt Carle, who has played in three of the four games, was dominating on Friday. He blocked five shots and was a steadying influence all night.
- Sergei Bobrovsky has been the Flyers’ best goalie thus far in camp. In two games, he has allowed a total of one goal.
But, no, there is no goalie controversy. Not when you have shelled out a nine-year, $51 million deal for the starter, Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryz figures to start Monday’s exhibition against the visiting Rangers.
BTW, Laviolette said he plans to use his regulars more in the team’s final three exhibition games.
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