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Hockey Daily Dose

Dose: Flyers leap into bubble

by James O'Brien
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time zone changes can really throw you for a loop.

For a significant chunk of my life (Including the first few years of the Dose), I lived in the Central Time zone, which was actually quite nice from a sporting perspective. The late-night stuff didn’t feel oppressively slow.

East was how it really started, but I left for warmer temperatures many moons ago.

The weirdest is the current situation. I live in the Atlantic (where it’s +1 hour on East, something I honestly didn’t really fathom being a thing in North America), yet lately I returned to Central and now I’ve hopped to the Pacific.

So, really, my brain and body are just folding their metaphorical arms at me for all of his scrambling. My literal arms are just dandy, so you get this Dose today.

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-- The combo of Jakub Voracek (one goal, two assists) and Claude Giroux (three assists) reminded us of their not-so-long-departed glory days by carrying Philly to this win. They were involved in all three Flyers goals, including grabbing helpers on Wayne Simmonds' tying tally and Mark Streit's GWG.

-- Streit is now at six games back since returning from injury. He went his first four contests in that span without scoring a point, but now he has a point in each of his past two games.

-- Ryan Spooner knifed through the competition well enough to grab his second assist in as many games.

He's on quite the tear, really, with eight points in the last seven contests. That pushes him to 30 in 42 games.

-- Despite being ranked sixth in the wild card race and 12th overall in the East, the Flyers are merely two standings points behind Boston, the current (tenuous) holder of the final wild card spot. From the department of blatantly obvious: this could be a really tight race.


-- Sam Bennett scored three goals in the first period alone, finishing up with the 6-0 tally to give him 4 G overall on Wednesday. This output constitutes a significant portion of his season (four of his 10 goals in 2015-16).

Bennett did the "monkey off his back" motion after breaking a slump with a goal on his Jan. 11, and now he has five of 10 tallies in the past two games.

The young forward continues a run of rookies who've generated hatties lately, including Max Domi and Sam Reinhart.

-- I had expressed some concerns about the Florida Panthers even during their 12-game winning streak, and now they've lost two in a row, including allowing nine straight tallies.

Now I'm not saying that they're a mirage of a team. Mainly, I believe that they've been riding outstanding goaltending, which can sometimes dry up.

They also continue to generate mediocre SOG totals, with this game only featuring 15 by Florida.

-- Jiri Hudler and Dougie Hamilton grabbed a pair of assists apiece.

After generating just five points in his first 24 games with the Flames, Hamilton's showing signs of growth with 12 points in his past 18.


-- Joonas Korpisalo broke a three-game skid in impressive fashion, stopping 41 out of 42 saves for his second win of 2015-16. Perhaps this will keep John Tortorella from being overly concerned about Blue Jackets netminders who aren't named Sergei Bobrovsky?

-- James Reimer hasn't been all THAT bad, as he's only allowed three goals in any single game since Nov. 21. Reimer Is now 0-4-1 in his last six decisions (with one showing counting as a mere relief appearance).

-- Seth Jones grabbed his first point as a member of the Blue Jackets in his fourth contest with his new team. He also added three hits, although it's a touch surprising that Jones didn't grab a single SOG in 24:52 TOI.

This also marks the Blue Jackets' first win since trading for Jones.

-- Boone Jenner grabbed a goal and an assist while trade rumor magnet Kerby Rychel produced an assist of his own.


-- Frederik Andersen's been like a more individually impressive Jonathan Bernier this season. Andersen started off 0-5-2 (even though he often kept Anaheim in games, something his counterpart often failed to do), but now Andersen is on a hot streak.

He made 24 out of 25 saves for his first win since De. 19.

-- Speaking of struggling Ducks, this was a nice one for Carl Hagelin and Jakob Silfverberg, each of whom generated a goal and an assist each.

-- Could we see another solid young Ducks defenseman emerge?

Shea Theodore scored his first goal at the NHL level last night.

-- Maybe Ryan Kesler deserves more credit for Anaheim struggles, as Tuesday's assist give him just 17 points in 41 GP.

James O'Brien
James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.