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02-09-2013, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyOnTheSpot View Post
I know it's hard being positive after a Flyers shootout, but I've noticed the past few games the defense has been much tighter overall. They're pinching more but not out of position, seem to keep the shooters to the perimeter for the most part, and have stopped letting up 58 breakaways a game. Between their play and Bryz I feel really good, the past few games Bryz hasn't had to make 15 amazing saves a game.
The whole group has settled down, now that the pairings are more settled. Mesz' injury hurts, but when you consider that Schenn, Gervais and Foster (3) are brand new Flyers, and Grossmann only joined before the deadline last year, we basically have 2/3 of a brand new D corps, with Kimmo and Coburn back.

People think the Flyers returned unchanged after the lockout, but it just isn't true.

I still think that when Mesz and Gustafsson are back, they might end up being the 3rd pairing, but Gervais has been playing well and Foster has his strengths, esp. the PP shot threat we've been lacking.

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