As of right now, the Flyers have 125 goals, which puts them at the top of the East, and 3rd overall. If it’s broken down per game, only Boston averages more. It’s great, but let’s look a bit deeper.
The ultimate goal is to win the Stanley Cup. But first, you gotta get there. And to get there, you’ve got to get through some damn good teams. Let’s look at the Eastern Conference standings thus far:
Of the teams currently in contention, it’s the Rangers, Bruins, and Penguins that seem to be the toughest opponents. The Panthers are off to a great start, but they seem too new after being so bad for so long. And really once the playoffs begin, you don’t know who will be hot, so really every team deserves some respect. There are rarely any easy victories. But for our purposes, we’re sticking with the teams that have proven to be some of the toughest over the last few years.
Of course defense wins championships (usually). Last year, Tim Thomas carried the Bruins to a title. But you also need to put the puck in the net. Chicago beat us two years ago because they outscored us. Neither side played good D in the Finals. Usually, 2 goals per game usually won’t cut it. So while our overall scoring this year has been healthy, let’s see how it is against the other top contenders:
- Boston Bruins - In two games, we have two goals. Both came in the season opening 2-1 win. The next game was a 6-0 loss. That doesn’t sound good. We have two more games this season against them to figure things out.
- New York Rangers - 3 games, 3 losses. They beat us 2-0, 3-2, and 4-2. so that’s 4 goals in three games. One of the goals came in the final minute of the 2nd game, when we were already down 4-1. With three games left, hopefully we can even out the season series.
- Pittsburgh Penguins - We’ve beaten them 3-2 and 4-2. This makes me feel a bit better. I don’t expect blowouts against quality teams, so 3.5 goals per game is pretty awesome. We do play them 4 more times though, so we’ll see if we can keep things going.
Overall, against those three, we have 13 goals in 7 games. That 1.86 average is well below our overall 3.38 average. It makes sense to score less against good teams, but when you can barely score, you probably won’t win. Over the course of the season, things can change. And regular season success against an opponent doesn’t necessarily equate to playoff success. But for the rest of the season, the Flyers need to figure out a way to score more against the good teams.
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