7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2013
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Some online sports betting fans are wondering if what the Philadelphia Flyers needed was a change at the top.
Tonight the Flyers will try to improve to 2-0 under Craig Berube when they hosts the Phoenix Coyotes.
After getting outscored 9-3 in losing each of their first three games, Philadelphia (1-3-0) fired coach Peter Laviolette on Monday and promoted Berube to take his place.
It didn’t take long for Berube to turn things around, guiding the Flyers to a 2-1 victory against the over Florida Panthers the following night. Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in the first period and Steve Mason made 33 saves, helping avoid the first 0-4 start in franchise history.
Berube, in his seventh hockey season coaching within the organization, spent several seasons with the Flyers and played for four other teams during a 17-year career in the league. The coach’s 3,149 penalty minutes rank seventh all-time.
Mason has done an excellent job holding his own in three games, posting a 2.02 goals-against average, significantly lower than his career mark of 2.86.
The 25 year-old is 3-6-0 with a 3.25 GAA in nine career starts versus the Coyotes. Teammate Ray Emery earned two road wins over Phoenix in the previous NHL season while with the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 on Jan. 20 and 6-2 on Feb. 7.
Emery allowed all four goals in Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Montreal Canadiens in his only action thus far, and it is unclear who will be in net tonight.
Philadelphia is 8-3-1 in their last 12 home games versus Phoenix (2-2-0), who improved to 1-2 on their five-game road trip with Thursday’s 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Mikkel Boedker, Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, a team that had dropped their previous two games by a combined 10-2 score.