What we learned from the Flyers 6-3 win over the Bruins

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Some observations for your morning…
The Flyers are rolling! After picking up a pretty decisive win over the Kraken on Monday, the Bruins came to town last night, and the Flyers had themselves their toughest matchup of the season on deck. It wasn't their tidiest win across the board, there certainly were some hiccups, but the Flyers kept their heads down and made the most of their chances, and they were able to cruise to a 6-3 win on the night. Let's break this one down, shall we?

All stats via Natural Stat Trick.

Flyers got buried by chances

For as much as we love a win, and in the short term will take one however we can, it is worth pointing out that the process for this one left something to be desired. The Flyers certainly made the most of the ones they did get, but overall they didn't generate a ton in the way of chances, and that very easily could have hurt them. All told, they put up adjusted 39.88 CF%, 32.33 SCF%, and 33.8 xGF%, as the Bruins won their matchups pretty handily in the shots and chances department.

Now, in a single game sample we can avoid being too fussed about the fact that they were pretty handily out-chanced, considering that they got the win, and also noting that they ride drive play well in their last game against Seattle. But it's something we're keeping an eye out for as we move forward, because we also know that if this becomes something of a pattern, it isn't exactly a recipe for success. Here, the end wins out, but it will be important for them to get back on track for the next one.

More positive returns from the penalty kill

The first bit of good news here, perhaps, is that the Flyers were able to keep to a relatively disciplined game (and also benefit from a few non-calls from the officials) so we didn't see a whole lot of the penalty kill in the first place. That's a win in and of itself. But the further good news is that the penalty kill continues to look sharp and find ways to be effective, which is a pretty massive step forward.

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