Two giveaways that led to easy goals, another defensive lapse that allowed one of the most dangerous players in the game in alone on Ilya Bryzgalov, and an opposing goalie who made stop after stop; It was not the Flyers night.
It's hard to knock Bryz for the Malone and St. Louis goals, but should he have been a little more vigilant on the awful turnover by Matt Carle? Steve Coates on the postgame seems to think Bryz needs to stay tight to the pipes until all is clear. Just a real bad couple of bounces.
Beautiful goals from Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read off of pretty assists from Brayden Schenn and Kimmo Timonen respectively helped the Flyers fight back, and a Scott Hartnell slapper with just over a minute to play gave the Flyers a fighting chance, but old man Dwayne Roloson made some really tough saves to help the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning leave Philadelphia with a pair of points leaving the Flyers stuck in place.
The loss wasn't for a lack of effort, the Flyers outshot Tampa like crazy all game long, but a couple of really bad turnovers proved to be fatal.
After the game, Matt Carle stepped up and took the blame for the loss, even going so far as apologizing to his teammates and the fans. His late turnover was inexcusable, but it was just one play in a game with plenty of bad ones.
Props to Carle for shouldering this one, even if it obviously wasn't all on him. Perhaps it can be a positive takeaway to pull the team together.
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The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica.
Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain.
While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.
Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.
No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.
Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds