So, here we are Flyers fans, we're 0-3, 3 regulation losses, ouch, seems pretty bad right? Well, some of our fans may remember the other lockout shortened season, 94-95, which they mentioned in the telecast as another time the Flyers lost the first 3 games, and in that case we came back and won the division, by a decent margin. So we have that, but how does that help us now? well, it doesn't. What does help is this team are a few of the little things that are happening that could give us SOME hope.
Right now, the special teams has been absolutely atrocious, coming into this game we had an 11.1 powerplay % and it only got worse...considering we didn't score a single goal on the power play. Though the penalty kill did improve a little bit, killing off 6 of 7 penalties tonight, even though Kovalchuk was allowed to roam free. Special teams is going to be something that will take some time to click, and we're going to have to be patient, no matter how much it pains us. The Power Play still has yet to click and just looks lost out there, but this possibly comes from not putting actual lines out there, the chemistry does help even on special teams. The power play has the usual problems the Flyers have, trying to get too pretty on the offensive and not finishing, but as usual the team will pick it up.
One thing I am rather worried about is actually the play of Claude Giroux, though he is not at all the problem, Giroux is starting to suffer from a mild case of Mike Richards syndrome, towards the end of his tenure as a Flyer Richie began to pass so much when he had an open shot that he became predictable, and even though Giroux has one of our three goals this season, he just hasn't been taking as many shots as he really should. Giroux will be just fine this season and he is not the concern, though once he gets some talented linemates he should be alright.
The Defense has looked slow and out of place for the most part and they have not at all helped Bryzgalov, who has been somewhat of a bright spot on this team playing well but like any goaltender, Bryz cannot do everything. The team has now been outscored 11-3 in the past 3 games and the defense, forwards included, are just blowing their positioning and being out of place, leading to chances that are way too good on Bryzgalov.
Bottom line is, The Flyers have staggered out of the gate, this has happened before, and it happens a lot. The last time we did this we won the division, so it's not all bad. The biggest reason for our losses are due to sloppy play and poor chemistry among the forward lines, these are things that will be fixed as the season continues and the team starts to gel better. The Flyers will be just fine everyone, and hopefully without Roberto Luongo...(yes, rumors are once again swirling that The Flyers are in on him, but we won't get into that)
Thursday we play the New York Rangers, a team we did not beat at all last season, and it will be a big task to take, but a win against them will really get us back on track.
Good Night. Good Hockey. Go Flyers