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Game 5...

Bummer of a game, right? Two vets hurt, can't score a goal, PP is dead...or, is there something very positive going on? Something that if sustainable, could lead to being a very good team?

Flyers are 11th in PK

Flyers are 12th in GAA

With a 2.03GAA, Mason looks to be a legit goaltender

Berube obviously loves his PK guys - Couturier, Read and Talbot, and has been using them in key defensive situations as a match-up line.

Back 6 and Team Defense is not an issue.

That does not scream 1-4-0 team...that to me says that the most important pieces are actually in place...but there is a MAJOR piece missing in the top 6 forwards.

I'm just going to drop in some very relevant quotes here:

"We had some good looks," coach Craig Berube said. "We're not desperate enough around the net, and we don't have enough traffic around the net getting second and third opportunities. We need to get some greasy goals."

"We're fighting it right now," Holmgren said. "I thought we had enough opportunities to score. Obviously, we're having a difficult time. When we shoot at their net, we don't have anyone in front of it - but plenty of people off to the sides."

Ok, by request, the Giroux line...although, they did not have a lot of time together...first observation is that there is a lot of stationary watching and then moving, rather than moving as a 3 man unit...

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Here is Hartnell busting it on the forecheck...he had a really nice shift here, but I think this is how he hurt himself...

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Despite that, Hartnell makes a nice play to retrieve the puck...

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Note that Simmonds and Giroux are stationary on this play...it almost worked, but the argument could be made that it didn't because two of the three were not moving on the play...the pass hits the d-man's skate...

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SCHENNGENDA

I want to preface this by saying in no way am I blaming the loss on Schenn. With that being said, please try to look at the following sequences viewing Schenn as a top 6 forward playing with two of the Flyer best three forwards and getting a ton of opportunity and space. In addition, I ask that you objectively look at the prevailing pattern - Schenn has really bad feet...I mean really bad...which takes us to the first scoring chance.

This was a really nice break out...look how tight the lanes are, all 5 guys touch the puck in this sequence...

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NINNNNNNNJJJJJJJJJAAAAHHHHHHHHH...while he accepts the puck between his legs, crossing the blue line, Lecavalier looks to see where his winger is...

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Ok, Schenn is off to a very encouraging start here!...

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...but for some reason, around the top of the circles on almost every single play, Schenn stops moving his feet...and watches...and they completely stop moving once he received the pass...

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Mario Lemieux once said "goal scoring is all in the feet"...

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The feet allowed for a really easy read by the goaltender...and, there was a juicy rebound right there that Schenn could not retrieve because he was off balance...stick in the air, feet in two different zip codes...his head is up though...

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Schenn does make a nice play here off the Mason bomb...

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Head up, feet moving, recognizes that he can create space by drawing the d-man to him...

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Next up is the two on one with Lecavalier in which is appears Lecavalier just couldn't make a decision...but in reality, watch his head, notice how the d-man and the goalie are playing him, and what Schenn is not doing...

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Schenn absolutely must be going to the net...if he did it gives Lecavalier TWO options (pass, or shoot as Schenn draws the d-man to the net) instead of none.

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Another prime opportunity...starts off great! Head up, feet moving...but then...

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There's more, but it's enough of bashing the kid...I just hope that there are coaches working with him to correct these issues immediately...(see the question at the end of this post)

What's wrong with the PP?

How about everything? Look at where the Flyers are in relationship to the box. Two flat foot players along the outside, no one in the middle, Phoenix owns the most important part of the ice the Flyers want to penetrate.

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Puck rotates down, Voracek does not move, Lecavalier starts to come into the picture, but there is no passing lane to the middle...

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Puck rotates behind the goal, box rotates with it...no need to chase below the goal lines...note how far away Giroux is from the net...there's no pressure, why stay along the boards? His only option is to go up top, Lecavalier is clearly out numbered with no support from Voracek of Simmonds.

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Simmonds loses body position on the rebound...no support on the lose puck, everyone is watching...

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Easy out...

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Again, the most important things (in my opinion) are not broken and will only get better...I believe that the offense and PP can be fixed...they need another top scorer...which brings me to the last quote:

Laperriere is always talking about a player needing to "find his chair." By that he means there are 23 chairs in a locker room and each one represents a different role for team success and that it is up to the players to find the one that suits them best.

What do you think Brayden Schenn's "chair" is?

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