The Philadelphia Flyers have been busy throughout their four-day break within the schedule.
Per week after firing Ron Hextall because the membership’s basic supervisor, the Flyers named Chuck Fletcher as the person in cost.
“On the conclusion of a rigorous assessment of GM candidates, Chuck Fletcher clearly stood out from the sphere of proficient and succesful executives we thought-about,” Dave Scott, chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor and Flyers governor, mentioned in a press release launched by the membership.
“Chuck has earned success all through his spectacular NHL profession and presents the correct mix of experience, enterprise acumen and management qualities that the Flyers want at this time as we work to attain our final purpose, the Stanley Cup championship.”
Fletcher spent 9 seasons because the GM of the Minnesota Wild and was fired final 12 months. Now, he is operating an 11-12-2 group that heads into Thursday night time’s residence recreation in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets — with a one-game profitable streak.
Philly ended a two-game dropping streak with a 4-2 win at Pittsburgh final Saturday night time and look to even the season collection with the Jackets, who beat the Flyers 6-Three in Columbus on Oct. 18.
The Jackets are coming off a wild — and quite weird — 9-6 residence loss to the Calgary Flames that was a quite historic recreation for coach John Tortorella.
Not in a great way.
“That they had 11 scoring possibilities they usually scored 9 targets,” Tortorella mentioned after his group’s second straight loss. “I’ve by no means been in a recreation like this.”
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed eight targets on 26 photographs earlier than being relieved within the third interval — Cam Atkinson’s hat trick and lengthening his factors streak to 11 straight video games wasted because the Jackets fell to 15-10-2.
“We performed a very good first interval, then for no matter motive sat again and allow them to play,” Atkinson mentioned. “I do not suppose we checked onerous. We made it a very easy recreation for them, they usually simply capitalized.”
Along with his new group 28th within the NHL permitting 3.52 targets per recreation, Fletcher is intent on bettering the protection.
“It is not the best scenario. It is not a traditional scenario when you’ve got a GM coming in halfway by way of the season,” mentioned D-man Shayne Gostisbehere.
“Something in life, you solely get one first impression, so that you clearly wish to be in your recreation. Hopefully, we will string some wins.”
Anthony Stolarz, the most recent within the ever-growing checklist of goaltenders for this group, obtained his first win since 2016 in opposition to Pittsburgh.
Bobrovsky, who fell to 10-9-Zero with Tuesday night time’s loss, has dominated the Flyers, his previous group, since leaving going 11-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .931 save proportion. He’s anticipated to face Stolarz, a draft decide the Flyers obtained after they traded Bobrovsky.
Calvin Pickard was in purpose for the Flyers within the Oct. 18 loss, with Atkinson scoring twice for Columbus.
The Jackets blew a 4-1 lead Tuesday night time.
“I fought all night time lengthy so far as, ought to I take (Bobrovsky out)? all night time lengthy, since you may see,” Tortorella mentioned. “However a few of them have been deflected and there was some loopy … it was simply a kind of nights. He did not look snug, however I simply determined to see if he may play by way of it.”
“That recreation was a fluke,” mentioned Jackets captain Nick Foligno. “You are going to see the true Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow in the best way we’ll play. We’ve got to.”
Atkinson’s streak is the second-longest in membership historical past, trailing solely a 13-gamer by Ryan Johansen. Atkinson has 13 targets and 6 assists throughout his streak and his hat trick was his club-record sixth of his profession.
New Flyers assistant coach Rick Wilson formally joined the group on the ice for apply Wednesday. The 68-year-old Wilson additionally labored for Fletcher in Minnesota.