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Sorry for the late recap. Wound up leaving the game early last night since I felt about as good as the Flyers looked on the ice. - Travis
We kind of knew this was how it was going to be. The undefeated-in-five-games start probably made us optimistic, but with almost an entirely different forward corps and a goaltender that's switching conferences and getting used to a new team, we knew a shaky start of the season was in order.
That's not to say that the Flyers are in horrible shape or anything. Hell, they're 4-2-1. Hardly reason for panic. 2-4-1 in hardly reason to panic, really. It's October, and as bad as the Flyers have looked in the last two games -- especially on Saturday night against a Blues team that got in to Philadelphia at 3 a.m. the same morning, complete with a time zone change -- we knew this was coming.
It's not Brayden Schenn's fault or Ilya Bryzgalov's fault or Peter Laviolette's fault or whatever. When you have nine new players in the everyday lineup, the team isn't going to look sharp all the time. There will be growing pains. We still don't know how good or bad this new look team will be, but it's not time to make that distinction just yet.
In the mean time, there are two very winnable games at home this coming week against Toronto and Atlanta. I mean, Winnipeg. Let's just start off there, shall we?