Flyers announce starting goalie after rough outing

Travis Politakis
March 12, 2024  (2:57 PM)

John Tortorella moments before his ejection in Tampa.
Photo credit: NBC Sports Philadelphia

On Saturday March 9, the Philadelphia Flyers took the ice at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida as they looked to come back from the sunshine state with four points after an incredible win a few nights prior against the Eastern Conference leading Panthers. Instead, the Flyers turned in one of their worst performances of the season as the Flyers lost 7-0 as goalie Samuel Ersson was pulled in the second period and head coach John Tortorella was ejected, and later suspended for the next two games.

On Tuesday night, the Flyers look to bounce back on their home ice as they take on the San Jose Sharks, a team who is currently among the bottom of the NHL. Leading up to the matchup, the Flyers made some lineup announcements, including who would get the start in the net; Felix Sandstrom or Sam Ersson?
According to Tortorella, it looks like Ersson is going to get the start tonight, and also get the chance to redeem himself and restore some confidence after he gave up four goals in just ten minutes against the Lightning on Saturday night.
Despite his perfomance on Saturday, Ersson has been one of the strengths for the Flyers this season and has come up big in many situations, which is why he is a potential Calder Trophy winner. On the year, Ersson has posted a record of 18-13-5 with a .898 and three shutouts. Ersson also previously held the best team in the East in the Florida Panthers to just one goal on their home ice on Thursday night as the Flyers shocked the Panthers in the final minute with a 2-1 victory.
The Flyers also announced that defensemen Egor Zamula and Travis Sanheim will be good to go for the orange and black tonight as well. The Flyers still sit at third in the Metro, but the New York Islanders are on their heels with just two points separating the two. If the Flyer can gain two more points against the worst team in the NHL tonight, the Flyers can gain some more separation in what is proving to be a close race for the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Puck drop is set for 7:00p.m. EST tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
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