Ramblings: Rantanen injured; Josh Anderson returns; Philly flys; random facts – October 22

Michael Clifford



The big news for Monday was that the Flyers had called up Joel Farabee, one of their top prospects. He slotted on the third line with Kevin Hayes and Scott Laughton, while finding himself on the top power-play unit. What’s more is that he was immediately slotted into the bumper role on the top PP unit. (One thing I’ll say about that is I’m not sure the Flyers are super committed to having a *top* power-play unit. I think they’ll just run whoever is scoring goals at the time.)


Philadelphia would go on to throttle Vegas by a score of 6-2. (It wasn’t as close as even that score indicates, as it was 5-0 after two periods.) It was probably deserved for the Flyers, who’d played very well in games recently but couldn’t find the back of the net. They did in this one, popping four goals in the second period to put this out of reach.

The team went back to the second line of Lindblom-Couturier-Konecny – a line that was excellent last year – and it paid off as they combined for two goals and three assists with the wingers picking up one of each.

Ivan Provorov is playing monster minutes again and is looking like the guy from 2017-18 as he had an assist, a block, a hit, and was plus-1. That’s the Provorov both Flyers fans and fantasy owners want to see.

Let’s be fair: it was Oscar Dansk in net for the Golden Knights. If this is Fleury in net, we probably have a different story.  


Gustav Nyquist scored an overtime penalty shot to push Columbus to a 4-3 win over Toronto.

Though he didn’t play nearly as much as he did on the weekend with Tavares in the lineup, Matthews was still over 19 minutes and had a goal and an assist in the win. William Nylander scored while Andreas Johnsson had a pair of assists.

Josh Anderson returned from his six-game absence on