The Philadelphia Flyers showing some heart at home, ending their 10-game losing streak. They played an all-around game against the Islanders. Good Solid defense play and Carter Hart stopping 23 out of 24 shots seems to be looking like his old self. He was poised in the net. The defense is playing a lot of zone and man-to-man. The New York Islanders couldn’t get anything going.
And with the tougher home stand schedule. The next four games are going to be crucial, facing both Eastern and Western conference champions from last season. They are about to throw down against the Lighting, Avalanche, plus the red-hot New Jersey Devils, as well as their arch-rivals, the Washington Capitals.
Making the Adjustments
John Tortorella has made some big adjustments, moving Kevin Hayes from the top line to the 4th line. This exposed some mismatch opportunities. He has 24 points. 8 goals and 24 points on the year. The 30-year-old journeyman is doing everything he can to contribute to this team that’s loaded with big offensive injuries.
Now with Scott Laughton back in the lineup, maybe that sparks some offensive production. The really big issue I see with this team, other than being a really young inexperienced group of guys, is the unnecessary cross-check penalties. These penalties are hurting this team and leaving advantages for the opponent to get on the scoreboard. the Flyers can’t afford costly penalties when facing the likes of Steve Stamkos, who’s 10th in the league in goals, and Nikita Kucherov, who leads the league in assists and 4th in overall points.
However, If the Flyers can play like they did the other night, they should be able to make some waves. Get on the scoreboard first and keep applying pressure on the opposing goalie. Keep looking for poke checks to force the turnovers. That is how this team can win. The Philadelphia Flyers showing some heart at home and hopefully more. A great quote from the movie Rudy, as coach Dan Devine says, “No one, and I mean no one, comes into your house and pushes around!” Check all the Flyers talk and more on Sunday mornings at 9 AM on the PM in the Am show here on Edge of Philly Sports.
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.