The Flyers got their third straight win of the season with a 6-1 knockout win over the Devils on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Cam Atkinson scored a hat trick and nine different Flyers scored at least one point.
So far, Mike Yeo has been working his magic with the Flyers. They have scored four or more goals in four of their five games under Yeo, who has improved to 3-2-0 as the club’s interim head coach.
Before Yeo’s first game, the Flyers had not scored more than three goals in a game since October 27, going 17 games.
The Flyers (April 11-12) emphasized on more connected in defensive and neutral zones. On Tuesday night, they connected like they have been under Yeo so far. The Flyers played offensively with the shot and didn’t bring much profit to New Jersey when they didn’t have it.
The Flyers won’t see the Devils again (10-12-5) for the rest of the season. They went 1-2-0 against New Jersey.
• The Flyers went 8-2 in a loss to Devils at the Prudential Center. New Jersey went blank with the Flyers, 3-0, last Wednesday to give them their 10th consecutive defeat in Yeo’s second game, two days after Alain Vigneault and Michel Therrien were fired.
Yeo wants the Flyers to play with another home advantage against their tier rivals.
“One of the things we talked about was I didn’t know we necessarily hated these guys for a rival team versus maybe, like Washington or Pittsburgh,” Yeo said before the game. “These guys got into the game and we just got into the game and the next thing you know, we lose.
“I think we have to treat it like it is – a divisive opponent, a game of rivalry. Not to say we want nascent, but obviously I think a little bit about the approach. physics towards the game, a little attitude and guts in that kind of game could serve us well.”
Flyers responded to Yeo’s challenge. They led 5-1 in the second half. On the night, Atkinson led with a hat trick and four points, while Travis Sanheim, Justin Braun and Oskar Lindblom also made their mark.
One of Atkinson’s goals went awry while the Flyers did the rest of the damage with uniform force.
The only bad aspect from Tuesday night’s game for the Flyers was that Morgan Frost had to get out in the lead-up to COVID protocols.
• After winning 41 saves last Friday against the Golden Knights, Carter Hart went on with 26 stops on 27 shots to beat New Jersey.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper put in excellent performances in front of defenders. Rasmus Ristolainen finished his first multi-game as a Flyer (two assists) and scored six hits.
The Flyers finally cracked Mackenzie Blackwood on regulation. Netminder of New Jersey entered the game 8-0-2 with an average of 2.07 goals vs. and 0.934 percent savings over time against the Flyers.
On Tuesday night, Blackwood was towed after second time. He scored five goals on 22 shots over the course of 40 minutes.
• Ryan Ellis (lower body) is getting closer to skating after an MRI on Monday.
What is the status of the top pair of defenders still looking? likely to return around January 1.
“I spoke to him this morning, clearly improving,” Yeo said before the game. “He wasn’t bandaged this morning but I know that’s what we’re looking to get him in here very quickly. Continued treatment, continued monitoring. Obviously we can’t wait to get him in. bring him back, but there’s still some time left based on the fact that he’s not on the ice yet.”
• The Flyers are scheduled to practice Wednesday in Voorhees, New Jersey before they head to Montreal for Thursday’s game against the Canadianiens (7pm ET/NBCSP+)
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