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 – 13/Wins – 6/Losses – 6/OT Losses – 1/Points – 13
Goals in the final seconds to tie two games, an overtime win, a shootout win, and a strong effort against what may be the best team in hockey made this an exciting week for Flyers fans. The Orange and Black continued to score on a frequent basis, especially on the power play, but still have some work to do to beef up their defensive efforts.
- Wednesday, 11/02 vs Detroit Red Wings – WIN 4-3 (OT) If you were watching the World Series Game 7 you saw an excellent baseball game, but missed a GREAT hockey game! The Flyers never lead until 1:41 in overtime when Jakub Voracek fired a blazing one-timer into the net for the win. Mark Streit’s tying goal late in the 3rd period was also huge.
- Thursday, 11/03 at NY Islanders – WIN (SO) 3-2 Michal Neuvirth played his best game of the season between the pipes and Matt Read scored late in the third period to send the contest into overtime. Claude Giroux scored what could only be characterized as a magical goal to win the shootout, and the “Comeback Kids” won another thriller.
- Saturday, 11/05 at Montreal Canadians – LOSS 5-4 The Flyers three-game winning streak came to an end in Montreal despite outshooting the Canadians 38-17, and outplaying Montreal for much of the game. Rookie Travis Konecny scored again (his 3rd), as did VandeVelde, Gostisbehere, and Giroux in a strong effort that fell just short.
News and Notes
- Although playing better, the team is still clearly not where it needs to be defensively. So far in their first 13 games the Flyers have allowed their opponents to score five or more goals a horrific four times. Last year they only allowed five or more goals in only four games all season long! In addition, they currently rank 29th in the league in goals against, which is also very problematic.
- On the brighter side, rookie Travis Konecny has really begun to show some flashes of brilliance this early season. He is currently seventh in points among all rookies, and looks like he is improving with every game. Don’t be surprised if he is among the top rookie scoring leaders when things are all said and done this season.
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On Election Night the Flyers find themselves back home hoping to close the curtain on Detroit. On Friday they leave the country (as some have threatened to do if the election doesn’t go their way) to play in Toronto. They then return back home Saturday as the campaign continues, this time against Minnesota. I’m predicting four out of six possible points, with a margin of error of plus or minus one.