While the Flyers have dropped their first game of the season, it was a commendable effort by the team to try and pick up the first win of the season on home ice. While many fans may have left dejected and disappointed, the game itself was entertaining and saw the Flyers get plenty of opportunities to pick up a win. Unfortunately that loss brings a few questions to the table that may not have been there before, and if they were, brought more attention to them. Below are a few talking points that came from last nights game:
- The Flyers pace and energy in the first period were outstanding. It may have been that the Leafs were still recovering from their game from the night before but the Flyers absolutely dominated. The second period looked like a different story, with players appearing to play back in the zone and not attacking as much. Things picked up a bit in the third period but it was probably more desperation than anything to try to tie the game up. Can the Flyers keep up that kind of pace during the season? Much like the Chip Kelly offense for the Eagles, the Flyers need to maintain an aggressive attack.
- While Steve Mason was decent in net, the question of whether the goaltending for the Flyers can steal a game (or series, in the playoffs) for the team. None of the goals last night could really be blamed on Mason but being a merely average goalie isn’t going to help with any Cup runs.
- Can the Flyers finish? Jonathan Bernier was outstanding in net for the Leafs but there were plenty of opportunities that were squandered with shots either ending up directly into the goalies breadbasket or sailing wide of the net. If the Flyers feel compelled to keep taking shots from the point there needs to be someone in front tipping the puck or at least screening the goalie. Many pucks that hit Bernier ended up as sloppy rebounds with nobody nearby to pick it up.
We’ll find out answers to these questions as the season goes on but I’d venture to say that they are our primary concerns at this point in time. Let us know what questions or doubts you have about the team in the comments below.