Gone in the same direction as our defense by the looks of it
Defense hasn't been all world but jesus the forwards aren't help supporting them. I would really like someone to actually download a game and study how terrible certain forwards are defensively. Briere is terrible at center defensively. People don't want to admit it but so is Giroux at center when its 5 on 5. Carter needs to move back at center..
In my opinion they are trying to get to damn cute with the puck, instead of shooting the puck at the net and getting juicy rebounds, good screens etc.Shoot the puck into a crowd in front of the net and good things happen more times than trying to get cute with the fancy passing sports center highlights type goals.I wish we had that kid Stamkos from Tampa bay....He is LETHAL !
It looked better yesterday, during the one stretch they had five or six shots on net and they seemed to be moving the puck with more purpose. The five-minute major didn't yield anything but by then they were playing pretty conservatively with a three-goal lead and Toronto had a couple inspired shifts from their PK.
I haven't been watching the Flyers religiously this year but I've seen three games in their entirety now and this team looks a little weary. I don't know if it was the physical rigors of last season, the emotional disappointment, both or something else but they didn't come out sharp.
It'll turn around quickly, already yesterday got their offense going a little, in time I think they will round into form and play pretty well. It's not like the Devils are off to any wonderful start either, I cannot imagine both not being playoff teams.
theres no one to put in front of the net. jvr is still developing and hartnell is more grinder than power forward. the coach is getting solid effort out of them but its really a case of square peg and round hole.
Stamkos -- to name one -- is getting some great goals on one timers into empty nets after Lecavalier et al have frozen the goaltender and then dished. The forwards have to get a nose for the open spots, and it should only take 1-2 passes for a quality shot on net.
It will come around. These guys have too much firepower for it to stay bad. They have the PP QB in Pronger and Timonen, and they have plenty of playmakers. I am not concerned at this point. It is just taking some time for them to get into their groove. Talk to me around Thanksgiving if it is still going poorly.