Pre #5|Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013|Devils at Flyers | 7:00 p.m. ET
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09-25-2013, 01:47 PM
Ed finally concedes!
Join Date: May 2010
Per Bill..agree in spades. I do not like the continuing trend even if it's preseason.
If Lavi doesn't get this team firing out of the gates and they continue with the slow starts within the game and in the standings, then he will have to go. No excuses this year. Leaders are supposed to be innovative...it seems his system is stale especially against teams like NJ..
FAMILIAR SCRIPT IN PRESEASON LOSS TO NEW JERSEY
Ordinarily, there is no cause for concern over how a team plays in the preseason. It is also common for teams to struggle in the opening period of their first match after a lengthy stretch of days without a game. Teams can have intense practices for days on end, especially at this stage of training camp, but there is still no substitute for game action.
That said, the Flyers' 2-1 home loss to the New Jersey Devils last night looked awfully familiar. It looked like much of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals, in which New Jersey dispatched the Flyers in five games. The game also looked much like the regular season series from last season, in which New Jersey won four of five games and held the Flyers to one or zero regulation goals in three of the games.
Basically, Pete DeBoer's Devils play the Flyers the same way, game in and game out. They are patient and make Philadelphia work for every foot of real estate. Despite personnel changes over the last couple years, Peter Laviolette's Flyers still have not found ways to cope. They may play well in a given 20-minute period (as was the case in the middle period last night) but they tend to pay the price for defensive breakdowns and struggle to finish scoring chances against this team.
Preseason or not and week-long game layoff or not, the first period last night was an abomination for the Flyers. The defense-to-forward gap was way too wide, the forecheck was non-existent with the Flyers spending too much time in their own end of the ice.
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