The Philadelphia Flyers are off to the worst start in their storied franchise history. Just when we think that maybe, just maybe, things might get turned around; there seems to be a step backwards. The Flyers currently sit at 4-9-0. Even in the four victories only the one in which they played the Islanders did they even look reasonably good. There is a ton of pressure playing in Philly and the players are showing it game in and game out. Look no further than the Washington game last Friday night. They actually started out pretty good, but when Nicklas Backstrom scorched a slapshot past Steve Mason late in the period they seemed to unravel. From there the night just got real ugly. Mason and Emery both were not on top of their games, but no one wearing the orange and black were as well. Frustration has clearly set in with this team. Everyone from the front office, to the players themselves, even the fans are really frustrated with the way this season has started. When it boiled over to the donnybrook that ensued; things have quite possibly hit rock bottom. I am not someone that is apposed to fighting in the NHL, but that was an embarrassment to this franchise. It’s one thing to stick-up for your fellow teammates; it’s another when you go and cause a fight because your upset with the way your team is playing. In the end the only thing that matters is they lost again. Not only did they lose on the scoreboard; they lost Vincent Lecavalier for a game and newly re-acquired Steve Downie for a while due to injuries they received while fighting. Whatever message they were sending I didn’t get it.
Now they did go into New Jersey the next night and pull out a 1-0 shutout. Even that game though had the look of playing not to lose. New Jersey is not a good team and they still hung around all night. The only real saving grace was they didn’t commit one turnover the whole game. Silver lining I guess.
**The next six games are going to say a lot about the direction this team will be heading in the near future. Its starts at Carolina on Tuesday, then home against New Jersey and Edmonton, before back-to-back road games against Ottawa and Pittsburgh, finishing it off with a trip to Winnipeg.. The first four are very winnable games. If they find themselves still in a funk after those four games the Pittsburgh game might start to look a lot like the one against Washington. Which leads them into Winnipeg two days later. The players said that last Friday nights brawl united them; then these next two weeks are going to say a lot about this team. If the Flyers don’t bounce back major changes are bound to happen then. What else can they do? They have plenty of talent on this team to make the playoffs and do some damage once they get there; so no time like now to get this season back on track.