Unfortunately, the Flyers just ran into a goaltender who appears to be on his way to becoming a top goaltender in the NHL. In 14 starts last season with the Los Angeles Kings, Bernier was 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA and a .922 SV%.
Bernier has been stymying opposing players for nearly a year now. He allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of his 14 starts last season, including the four goals he allowed to the Anaheim Ducks in his first game of the season last year. When his teams are at even-strength he is at the top of his game. Including last night, Bernier has allowed one or fewer even strength goals in 11 of his last 15 starts.
The Flyers, who struggled scoring 5-on-5, scored 94 even strength goals last year in 48 games (1.96 goals per game) which ranked 20th in the NHL last season in even-strength goals. They never stood a chance against Bernier who carried over his stellar play from last season into this year. It came as no surprise that they were not able to beat the 25 year-old at even-strength.
The good news for the Flyers is they head to Montreal to take on Carey Price and the Canadiens on Saturday. The Flyers tagged Price for four goals and six goals in two games last April so they have had his number of late. He is 1-4-0 in five starts against the Flyers over the last two seasons allowing a total of 18 goals. It would not be a good omen for the Flyers' first two games to feature a goaltender who shuts the door on all offensive chances - hopefully, that isn't the case on Saturday.
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