The Broad Street Hockey Fan Confidence Rating is a measurement of how confident fans are in the current direction of the organization as a whole. Voters take into account the team's on-ice performance, management and coaching decisions, and the overall status of prospects and the farm system.
That's a hell of a drop. Maybe it's the loss of Michael Leighton. Maybe it's the loss of Jeff Carter. Maybe it's a sweep by Atlanta. But despite reaching fifth place in the Eastern Conference for the first time potentially all season a month ago and a chance to get back to that point with a victory tonight over Ottawa, fan confidence is down in the dumps.
In this edition of the poll, 511 fans responded, and their collective responses show us that they're just 41 percent confident in the direction of the Philadelphia Flyers.
It's safe to say that the lack of confidence has a lot to do with the general impatience Flyers fans have these days. And it's a rightful feeling. We're pissed off that this team plays inconsistent hockey every. single. night. We're pissed off that they can look like a Cup-caliber team against Chicago and a lottery-pick-level team against the Rangers a day later.
We're sick of the goaltending problems, and even though injuries are inevitable, it obviously goes far beyond that. We're just sick of it. The Flyers have teased us all season long, and despite nice numbers since the end of December, we know in watching this team night in and night out that the answers just aren't there. Maybe it's an over reaction, but we're sick and tired of just being mediocre.
It's evident by the polling here. After the jump, a graph of Flyers fan confidence over the season.