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10-28-2011, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Spongolium View Post
How can you declare this as fact? There is no reason to suggest that the flyers wont get their act together come march and play better hockey.
Other than they have a bunch of really young forwards that tend to hit the wall, along with some older players that have a propensity to carry nagging injuries with em as the season progresses? Not to mention the forwards are simply not built for the tighter checking game that is played in the spring?

You have to wrap your head around the fact that the problems aren't entirely about getting their act together. This team is going to suck on face-offs. This team is going to take penalties. Briere and Giroux are not going to magically become guys you can throw out there and expect to take care of bizness in their own end.

There's a reason certain types of teams get stronger as the year progresses, and others do not. In the coming years, Schenn and Couturier look like players that will be able to answer many of those question areas, but to expect them to this year is unfair.

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