Flyers Country: November wrap

This article can be found published on Chicks Who Give a Puck.

This is a special edition of Flyers Country that will come out the beginning of each month as a look back at the previous month that was for each team. We’ll take a look at how the teams did, how they stand and the top players. Enjoy!

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

After a bit of a sluggish start in October, Mike Richards has found his game again and lit up the month of November. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After a bit of a sluggish start in October, Mike Richards has found his game again and lit up the month of November. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Flyers continued their strong play through the month of November, going 9-3-2, and head into December first in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference. The offense has been obliterating opponents on most nights, scoring four or more goals seven out of 14 games in November. Sergei Bobrovsky‘s shows no signs of breaking down anytime soon, and as long as he gets a break every now and then, he seems to be perfectly fine carrying the workload. Mike Richards exploded in the month to take over the lead in points from Claude Giroux, who also shows no signs of slowing. The only downfalls to the team is they habit of taking bad penalties and their power play seems to have lost its spark once again.

GAMES

Nov. 1: vs Carolina – W 3-2
Nov. 4: vs NY Rangers – W 4-1
Nov. 6: at NY Islanders – W 2-1
Nov. 7: at Washington – L 2-3 OT
Nov. 11: at Carolina – W 8-1
Nov. 13: vs Florida – W 5-2
Nov. 15: vs Ottawa – W 5-1
Nov. 16: at Montreal – L 0-3
Nov. 18: vs Tampa Bay – L 7-8
Nov. 20: at Washington – W 5-4 SO
Nov. 22: vs Montreal – W 3-2
Nov. 24: at Minnesota – W 6-1
Nov. 26: vs Calgary – L 2-3 SO
Nov. 27: at New Jersey – L 1-2 SO

TOP FIVE SKATERS
1. Mike Richards, C: 14 GP, 8-8-16, +9, 12 PIM, 2 PP, 2 SH, 1 GW
2. Claude Giroux, RW: 14 GP, 6-6-12, +3, 6 PIM, 4 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW
3. Scott Hartnell, LW: 14 GP, 4-7-11, +11, 27 PIM, 0 PP, 0 SH, 1 GW
4. Danny Briere, RW: 11 GP, 6-4-10, +8, 14 PIM, 1 PP, 0 SH, 0 GW
5. Jeff Carter, C: 14 GP, 6-4-10, +6, 8 PIM, 2 PP, 0 SH, 2 GW

GOALIES
1. Sergei Bobrovsky: 11 GPI, 7-1-2, 624 MIN, 21 GA, 306 SA, 2.02 GAA, .931 SV%
2. Brian Boucher: 4 GPI, 2-1-1, 227 MIN, 11 GA, 115 SA, 2.91 GAA, .904 SV%

ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS

The Phantoms losses continued to pile up through November. They finished the month a horrendous 1-10-1-0. Move after move was made, trading away top scorers to bring in fresh – except in one case – faces to help turn the season around. But nothing seems to have had any effect on the team as they plummet to the depths of hockey purgatory. Injuries are also beginning to pile up on the team with Michael Ryan, Mike Testwuide, Stefan Legein and Johan Backlund.

GAMES

Goaltender Brian Stewart has yet to win a game this season as Jon Kalinski and the rest of the Phantoms continue to struggle. (JustSports Photography)

Nov. 5: at Portland – L 2-5
Nov. 6: at Binghamton – L 3-7
Nov. 11: vs Toronto – L 1-5
Nov. 12: vs Norfolk – W 4-3 OT
Nov. 13: vs Abbotsford – L 2-4
Nov. 17: at Charlotte – L 1-2
Nov. 19: at Charlotte – L 3-4 OT
Nov. 20: at Norfolk – L 1-3
Nov. 24: vs Hamilton – L 2-3
Nov. 26: vs Norfolk – L 3-6
Nov. 27: at Hershey – L 0-4
Nov. 28: at Connecticut – L 0-3

TOP FIVE SKATERS
1. Erik Gustafsson, D: 12 GP, 1-8-9, -16, 0 PIM, 1 PP, 0 SH
2. Denis Hamel, LW: 12 GP, 6-1-7, -12, 2 PIM, 4 PP, 0 SH
3. David Laliberte, RW: 8 GP, 2-3-5, -6, 8 PIM, 2 PP, 0 SH
4. Ben Holmstrom, RW: 12 GP, 3-1-4, -9, 18 PIM, 1 PP, 0 SH
5. Eric Wellwood, LW: 8 GP, 2-2-4, -16, 4 PIM, 0 PP, 0 SH

GOALIES
1. Johan Backlund: 7 GPI, 1-4-1-0, 365 MIN, 24 GA, 168 SA, 3.95 GAA, .857 SV%
2. Brian Stewart: 2 GPI, 0-2-0-0, 86 MIN, 8 GA, 46 SA, 5.58 GAA, .826 SV%
3. Nic Riopel: 5 GPI, 0-4-0-0, 266 MIN, 16 GA, 114 SA, 3.61 GAA, .860 SV%

GREENVILLE ROAD WARRIORS

Greenville refused to let the movement of players between the team and the AHL get in their way of winning games as they finished the month 10-4-0-0. They are keeping a steady pace behind first place Gwinnett, waiting for them to slip so that they can overtake the lead in the division. Brendan Connolly had a fantastic month, more than doubling his points total from October. Even with the “goalie-go-round” they are experiencing with their goaltenders being recalled to different AHL teams at different times, they are able to keep winning.

GAMES
Nov. 5: vs Gwinnett – W 3-1
Nov. 6: at Gwinnett – L 3-5
Nov. 7: at Gwinnett – L 1-6
Nov. 11: vs Florida – W 5-4
Nov. 12: vs Florida – W 6-3
Nov. 13: vs Florida – W 3-0
Nov. 16: at South Carolina – L 1-3
Nov. 18: vs Wheeling – W 4-2
Nov. 19: vs Wheeling – W 6-2
Nov. 21: vs Gwinnett – L 1-2
Nov. 24: at Wheeling – W 5-4
Nov. 25: at Kalamazoo – W 7-4
Nov. 26: at Kalamazoo – W 6-2
Nov. 28: at Wheeling – W 2-0

TOP FIVE SKATERS
1. Brendan Connolly, C: 14 GP, 9-9-18, +12, 26 PIM, 0 PP, 2 SH
2. Marc-Olivier Vallerand, F: 14 GP, 8-7-15, +8, 11 PIM, 1 PP, 1 SH
3. Justin Bowers, F: 14 GP, 6-7-13, +3, 4 PIM, 3 PP, 0 SH
4. Mark Voakes, F: 14 GP, 5-8-13, +2, 10 PIM, 2 PP, 0 SH
5. Julien Brouillette, D: 14 GP, 4-6-10, +8, 0 PIM, 1 PP, 1 SH

GOALIES
1. Dov Grumet-Morris: 7 GPI, 5-2-0-0, 420 MIN, 19 GA, 225 SA, 2.72 GAA, .916 SV%
2. Nic Riopel: 4 GPI, 3-1-0-0, 239 MIN, 10 GA, 147 SA, 2.51 GAA, .932 SV%
3. Brian Stewart: 3 GPI, 2-1-0-0, 179 MIN, 8 GA, 97 SA, 2.68 GAA, .918 SV%

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