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12-08-2010, 11:17 AM
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The difference this year is Meszaros and O'Donnell. Even if one of Pronger and Timonen goes down, I think the remaining five + Bartulis is still better than what we were trotting out there last year. And if Nodl and JVR keep bringing it, the offense is deeper too. Unlike years past where Carcillo and the like were in the top 9, every guy on the top three lines seems to belong on a scoring line this year. No team is immune to injuries, but the Flyers are certainly better constructed to deal with them now than they have been in any season in recent memory.
Our problem is really the PP, IMO. Carle and Meszaros have proven to be decidedly ineffective on the PP. One of the primary reasons the PP has struggled this year is that we're getting absolutely nada from the 2nd pairing D. Carle and Meszaros both get something like 2.5 minutes a game on the PP for this team, and they have a combined 1 point on the PP (Pronger and Timonen have 15 combined).
Carle was better last year (14 pts on the PP in roughly the same TOI), and Coburn didn't help much at all in a bit under 2 minutes a game.
Now, the problem with this is that a lot of our scorers are simply better PP scorers than even strength scorers. So, when the PP struggles it can really hinder us. This will be mitigated with our improved defense (though, we still need to cut down the penalties against).
In any event, losing a few specific guys would have a significantly bad effect on this team... still. Even with our wealth of depth.
This isn't a harsh criticism of the team... we should compete for a top spot in the East all year. Of course, we should have last year too... but the special teams units went in the tank for about a month and we got brutalized.
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