Flyers-Bruins Game 3: Why Don't They Do It on the Road?

Flyers-Bruins Game 3: Why Don't They Do It on the Road?

Both in the regular season and the playoffs, the Flyers have been more successful away from the Wells Fargo Center. So much for playing for a high seed, eh?

Tonight, they'll need that trend to continue as they take the ice in Boston down 2-0 in the series. As much as we all like to recall how they came back from a 3-0 deficit last year, part of what made that so awesome was how astonishingly rare it is. In short, it's even less likely to happen in back to back years, not to mention against the same opponent. 

We're one loss away from hanging our hopes on that slim chance. But, we're also just one win away from 'this ain't that big a deal.'

Jeff Carter is set to return tonight, and the Flyers could use his scoring with Tim Thomas being master of his own domain and still without a shutout in the series. You know he wants one. The beats didn't sound optimistic about how healthy Carter actually is, but it's that time in the series when stars play hurt and hope for the best. Chris Pronger is out and may not return in this series. Adam McQuaid's neck issue after whiffing on a check/elbow attempt on Mike Richards will keep him out tonight as well. 

During and after games, we spend some time trying to determine which players were most responsible for the Flyers goals scored and those they let up. Having someone to celebrate or blame makes it easier to quantify and usually enjoy. But sometimes no one is really to blame, and other times someone is, but we just acknowledge that shit happens, and expecting perfection is foolhardy. Well, we've reached the point in the series where it's time to expect perfection, or damn near it. 

Boosh let up a goal he should have had. There were forward lapses on coverages and bad decisions with the puck on defense. Any on their own can be accepted if all else goes well. But on Monday, in a 1-goal OT loss, the single mistakes become amplified. We should expect just as close a game tonight. If not, it isn't safe to assume we'll be on the winning end of a lopsided game. The Garden will be alive, and the Bruins will be doing whatever they can to step on the necks of last year's collapse. The Comeback will never be erased from the history books or the memories of the fans, players, and coaches, but a sweep the next spring would certainly help them ease the pain. 

Is the fire hot enough for the Flyers to get their acts together and pull off the road win? They played fairly well for most of game 2, but the portions where they lapsed were all Boston needed to stay in it.  

Will the series get a little nasty tonight? Things have been quieter than I anticipated so far. 

Huge one tonight. Who shows up?

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

Radko Gudas shooting pucks, 'pretty close' to 100 percent

VOORHEES, N.J. — Injured Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas is getting closer to returning to game action.

Gudas, recovering from a fractured right wrist (his shooting hand), has been cleared to shoot pucks for the past couple of days and was shooting and hitting in practice Wednesday at Flyers Skate Zone. He has yet to play in a preseason game but said he’s “pretty close” to 100 percent.
 
“I can’t say it’s really 100 percent, but it’s getting there soon,” Gudas said following practice.
 
“There’s a lot of time for me to get in top, game-like shape. There’s not a chance I would miss the start of the season.”
 
Gudas said the most important aspect of the healing process is keeping it stable by wearing a brace to limit too much movement.
 
“It’s better. I’m shooting on it in practice — feels better every day,” he said. “I’m working on a lot of it every day with the strength guys and the doctors here. We’re going day to day, I’m seeing myself sooner than later jumping on the ice.”
 
The second-year Flyer would like to play in preseason games before the start of the regular season but also understands the importance of not rushing to avoid costing him regular-season games.
 
“That’s the main part — feeling pain-free,” Gudas said. “Throughout the season, there’s not a lot of time off so we need to make sure everything is the best it can be before the season starts.
 
“Obviously it’s going to be the coaches’ decision when to put me in. I’m sure they’re talking with the staff for when would be the proper time.”
 
The 26-year-old Gudas signed a four-year contract extension in June after playing a career-high 76 games and recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 2015-16.
 
After practice, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol did not have an update on Gudas or defenseman Nick Schultz, who was shaken up Tuesday night.
 
“Everybody wants to play at least a game or two before the season,” Gudas said. “I don’t think it needs to be said.
 
“He wants to have me ready and I want to be ready.”