How to get ready for the NHL playoffs in August
Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim, who’s a native of Winnipeg, will be the starting goalie for the Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs.
But what if he’s not there?
It’s a question that’s been asked by fans since the season began and one that has the Flyers hoping for a goalie who could be ready for a long stretch of the season.
Sanheim is the only goalie to start every game in the NHL Playoffs, which starts Oct. 1, and has an impressive record of 5-2-1.
Sanham has been a solid goalie in the past, posting a .928 save percentage and a 2.17 goals-against average in his NHL career.
Sanghaus job may not be so easy to fill, especially if he misses a couple of games due to injury.
If he does play, the Flyers would be looking to a goalie with experience at the NHL level, something that could be the case for a backup goalie who’s been a starter in the AHL or the NHL.
That backup goalie would be Ryan Miller.
Miller is the No. 1 goalie in both the AHL and NHL, posting an impressive .923 save percentage in his career and a .930 save percentage at the AHL level.
Miller has played in every game he’s played for the Flyers, and in the last six games he has appeared in two of those games.
The Flyers have made Miller a key part of their goaltending depth chart this season.
Miller was acquired by the Flyers from the Minnesota Wild on July 1, 2016 and was immediately named the starter when he came into camp, but the goaltending situation remained a question mark throughout the season and he hasn’t been able to find the back of the net.
With Miller out, Sanheim would be the team’s backup.
He would be a perfect fit for the Philadelphia Flyers because of his experience and experience level, and because he’s also a native-born American.
Sanih is coming off of a strong season in which he had a 3.16 goals-allowed average and a 1.86 goals-per-game average.
The 19-year-old Sanheim has played a career-high 19 games in the 2017-18 regular season, and he’s been effective as a backup.
The Philadelphia Flyers are hoping to have Miller ready to go in the second half of the regular season.
If Sanheim can stay healthy, he should be able to help the Flyers get to the postseason.
If not, the team would need to make some other roster moves to make room for Miller, who is a key member of the Flyers future plans.