I think this question has been on every Flyers fan’s mind for the past couple of weeks. The Flyers have seemed to hit the mid-season sleep that keeps on happening year after year with the team. At least that’s how I feel. Not that the Flyers are doing horrendous, they are still the No. 5 seed, and have been battling the Pittsburgh Penguins for the spot, as both teams are tied with 71 points. So they are not completely terrible, just they could be so much better. Especially considering how well they played last season (except for during the playoffs). So what’s the problem?
Well lately the Flyers can’t get it together. So is this a defense or goaltending problem? I think it’s a little of both, and it maybe also a offensive problem. You can’t really win games solely on defending the net, you also need to come hard at your opponents net and score some goals. I think this is the flyers strongest playing style, they have a lot of good goal scorers and do well in this department. I’ve noticed from the years of watching Philadelphia hockey that when they have a lead the Flyers lag and that’s when the other team gets the momentum and they lose. Dear Flyers, stop doing this!
So I think the flyers definitely need to work on the defense, which has always been a problem with the team. With the new additions of Kubina and Grossman this might become less of a problem. Since these players have just been acquired there will probably be a little bit of a training period until the new defensive team starts to take effect on the ice. I hope this doesn’t take too long.
As for goal tending, fans of late haven’t been happy with the current losses, and a lot of these games have been blamed on goal tending. Which is valid, and there is a lot of work to be done with the goalies in front of the net. However, as I’ve discussed above this is not the only problem. But like the defense issue, the goal tending issue can also be resolved. But How? Do we make another trade? No, absolutely not, especially considering the $51 Million the Flyers shelled out for Bryzgalov. I think we just really need to build up the goalies better, so that they are not letting bad goals in. This is really something that is going to be up to the Flyers coaching staff.
Fans will have to just wait by to see this, but good news, the Flyers just beat Winnipeg 5-4 in Overtime. You can thank Jagr for that one.