I know it is only preseason, but there are a lot of things to be concerned about with this team.
How would everyone feel, if despite making the offseason moves they did, adding Pronger, Boucher, Emery, Lapperriere.
The Flyers ended up having a repeat season of the 2006-07 season? This team doesn't look like the team, I invisioned we had.
The number of penalties is a great concern. The only thing that's been strong this preseason has been the penalty kill. In last nights game the Flyers were short handed on 7 occassions. So, in the last two games the Flyers were short handed 13 times. They are 13 for 13 in Penalty Kill situations. They survived two double minors against Detroit, and I believe survived a couple 5 on 3 situations against the Maple Leafs.
The Flyers power play may of had 2 or 3 chances against the Maple Leafs, so between the 2 games, they've had at the most 7 Power Play opportunities. The Flyers Power Play has come up empty thus far. Although one of the Flyers Power Plays last night ended in about 10 seconds, when Arron Asham took a 5 minute charging major & game misconduct penalty late in the 3rd period. (It's quite possible Asham could be suspended for the hit).
Dan Carcillo. This guy has me concerned. I know he's willing to drop the gloves and fight and all that. But, I really he gets aggitated to easily. If I was an opposing coach, I would tell my players, to hit and pester #13 often, because he will lose it and either take a penalty or drop the gloves (stopping the play) in a crusual situation (like when Jeff Carter is on a break away).
But, 5 on 5, the Flyers gave up 7 goals in 2 games and only scored once.
Brian Boucher, his confidence is fragile as it is, it looks like he will start the season with no confidence at all.
Boucher allowed 2 goals on 6 shots against the Maple Leads (.333 Save Percentage)
While Johan Backlund stopped 12 of 14 shots (.857 Save Percentage)
In the game against the Maple Leafs, the Flyers out shot the maple leafs 28 to 20. The Flyers did not score at all, but the Maple Leafs scored on 4 out of 20 shots.
It is scarey when the Flyers have Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Jeff Carter, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, and James Van Riemsdyk playing and Blair Betts is the best player for the Flyers in the game.
The Flyers really need to strip Mike Richards of the "C"
Claude Giroux looks like a total bust
Jeff Carter is not going to come close to scoring 40 goals.
This team just looks pathetic, like their heads aren't in it. John Stevens & Paul Holmgren are walking on thin ice. I know it's preseason, but they need to turn things around in a hurry.
This season is looking ugly.
I initially thought this team would be contending for a division title, but now I don't even see them making the playoffs. They are too undeciplined, and too uninterested in trying to make a push for the cup.
Stevens & Holmgren will be fired by November.