The Flyers Week in Review. Your source for news, information and opinions about all things Orange and Black during the 2016-17 season.
Philadelphia Flyers 2016-17 season:
Games – 10/Wins – 4/Losses – 5/OT Losses – 1/Points – 9
I get fatigued just thinking about it.
The Philadelphia Flyers just played five games in the past seven nights, and unfortunately they didn’t fare so well, winning only two of them. The team had hoped to avoid a very poor start like the one that plagued them last season, but after the first ten games they now find themselves with a sub-par 4-5-1 record, good enough for fifth place in the Metro Division.
- Monday, 10/24 at Montreal Canadians – LOSS 3-1 Jakub Voracek scored the lone Flyers’ goal in the losing effort. Still, the Flyers held their own against the NHL’s highest scoring team, as well as a guy who just might be the best goalie in hockey (Carrie Price). Alexander Radulov led the way for the Habs with a goal and two assists.
- Tuesday, 10/25 vs. Buffalo Sabers – WIN (SO) 4-3 After two dismal periods the Flyers trailed the Sabers 3-0. But then the magic began when rookie Travis Konecny scored his first NHL goal early in the third period. Brayden Schenn and Mark Streit soon joined the party to tie things up. Winning the shootout was icing on the cake, and lead to a most unlikely win and one of the most memorable games Philadelphia has played in a long time.
- Thursday, 10/27 vs. Arizona Coyotes – LOSS 5-4 The Coyotes have won only two games all season. Unfortunately, both have come at the expense of the Flyers. Another sluggish first period and sloppy defense throughout led to this loss. Wayne Simmonds scored his fifth goal of the season in the losing effort.
- Saturday, 10/29 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – LOSS 5-4 In the most heartbreaking defeat of the early season, Evgeni Malkin scored at 8:33 in the third period to dash the Flyers’ hopes of victory. Voracek scored twice for the Orange and Black in this very frustrating loss.
- Sunday, 10/30 at Carolina Hurricanes – WIN 4-3 Brandon Manning scored a huge third period shorthanded goal to give the Flyers a much needed win at the PNC Arena. Before that it had been a back-and-forth affair with goals by Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas and Claude Giroux.
News and Notes
- The grueling (and totally insane) schedule the Flyers had this past week included not one, but two sets of back-to-back games. Things will ease up just a little bit in the days ahead, but there are still three back-to-backs to come in November and three more in December. What were the folks who made up this schedule thinking?
- So far, team scoring is up, but the defense is really struggling. The Flyers currently rank third in scoring in the NHL, and their power play is also ranked third. However, the flip side of that is that they rank an ugly 29th in goals against and 24th in penalty kills. This is very much out of character for a Dave Hakstol coached team.
- We would naturally expect the Flyers’ big guns, Giroux, Simmonds, and Voracek, to lead the team in scoring, and they do. But you probably won’t guess who is fourth on that list – it’s Brandon Manning! Manning has nine points thus far, and has been a very pleasant surprise on the blue line.
The team gets a couple days of much needed rest before Detroit comes to town on Wednesday night. The second part of this back-to-back involves a trip to play at the New York Islanders on Thursday. The week concludes with a return to Montreal to play the Canadians on Saturday.