With Timonen out, this should be more than a walk in the park for the crazy offensive cast.
The only way the Flyers can win is if they cast a spell on Fleury and if Umberger keeps shoving his magic stick far far far up his a**
Ive never seen such luckier and uglier goals than what he did..
Give Umberger credit, every now and then a guy gets on a roll and everything works. He shoots from angles that he'd normally pass and they go in. I thought the goal he scored in G4 when he trailed Hatcher behind the net was a perfect example. Very rarely would a forward even take that path, so the defense loses him and he scores.
I don't think he'll score 35-40 next year, but you have to give him credit. I agree though, Timmonen is key for them, his absence may domino down to Coburn as well.
Timonen being out is like Montreal losing Markov, only worse because they don't have a Hamrlik -- think about what losing Markov last year was like. Coburn is great but it falls out fairly sharply after that, with Hatcher and Smith being more of the tough-and-gritty variety than the puck-moving variety. The Flyers' defensive play, power play and transition is likely to suffer greatly. This is perhaps the one guy they could least afford to lose.
I was already skeptical of the Flyers' chances after seeing how they played versus Montreal, but this really puts them behind the eight-ball. If the Flyers' strategy is to weather the storm defensively and take advantadge of counter-attack opportunities, like they did against Montreal, losing Timonen makes both parts much harder because of his usefulness against top players and importance to transition.