So far March seems to be a good month for the Flyers. Pulling themselves out of the losing streak from the month of February, The Flyers got a new start last Thursday by defeating the Oilers in a 3-6 game of hockey. But this is old news, for The Flyers have already logged three straight wins since the new month started which is always a good thing. The question is, will the Flyers continue to play to win as the month and the rest of the regular season begins?
I’m going to go out on a limb and say yes. The Flyers have already shown in the past three games that they can play better than they have before. They know that February was a rough spot for them, but they are starting to get back on track. The addition of Grossman and Kubina may have something to do with this, since it somewhat appears that the coverage of the net is increasing.
We have also definitely seen an increase in Bryzgalov’s skill in front of the net. I think Bryzgalov has had a hard time adjusting to life as a Flyer and goaltending here, considering that the Flyers play a different game that the Coyotes. When Bryz was with the Western team he was used to getting pucks hit at him constantly, but since the Flyers play a more physical offensive game he wasn’t used to sitting idle in the net waiting for pucks. A lot of this I saw in the first half of the season when he wouldn’t be ready to stop a puck and it would go in, which usually lead to a Flyers loss. Since then Bryzgalov has really amped up his game, at least in the past week or two, and it looks like he’s showing that he’s ready to go to playoffs.
Despite the current losses faced by the team, they still remain top playoff contenders, since they are the 5th seed in the East. They’ll definitely made it into the playoffs, there’s no doubt about that, and will at least make it past the first round. Not; however, without some bumps in the road. The Flyers seem to always have too many players on the IR, and with Timonen and Meszaros being the most recent players unable to play due to injury, this could hurt the already struggling defensive line. Being aware of this GM Paul Holmgren called up defensemen Gustafsson from the Phantoms, in hopes to keep a lock on the defense issue.
There is only twelve weeks left in the regular season, I’m trying to optimistic that the Flyers can pull through their slump. Ask me again next week how I’m feeling, because with the Flyers anything can change.