The Philadelphia Flyers have lost two out of three games after winning three straight to start the season, but will attempt to regain some traction Saturday night when they host the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m.
Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered give goals in Philadelphia's most recent game Thursday against Washington, two of them to Alex Ovechkin, and Philadelphia bowed to its first regulation defeat, 5-2.
The loss doubled as Brayden Schenn's Philadelphia debut. The highly-touted 20-year old, who came to the Flyers in the Mike Richards deal this summer, did not notch any points and had a -3 in his first game after being recalled from the AHL. But coach Peter Laviolette advised not to get discouraged with Schenn's effort.
"I thought he was strong,'' coach Peter Laviolette told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't think the stats are a good reflection. I think on two of those goals, they were deflected off our own guy. The third one was a bad turnover. They weren't his fault.''
Philadelphia has beaten St. Louis in five of the series' last seven games, but the Blues have taken two of the last three encounters.