The Philadelphia Flyers ended their week going 1-1-1, losing to Carolina before defeating Montreal at home and losing to Los Angeles in overtime on Saturday. The Flyers are not known to play well after an extended period off and it showed as they were do,instead by the Hurricanes in their first game back after the all star break. They did improve defensively as the week went on and played one of their better games against the Canadiens on Thursday, before losing to the Kings on Saturday in their second of five at home.
With the help of better defensive play, Michal Neuvirth has played a stellar couple of games, beating Montreal on Thursday and losing in overtime against Los Angeles on Saturday. Neuvirth made some ten bell saves against the Kings that enabled the Flyers to at least get a point.
To put it bluntly, there were some very questionable coaching decisions in the last seven days. The decision to sit both Shayne Gostisbehere and Travis Konecney has to be questioned. The Flyers already lack offensive firepower and speed, and to sit both of them in consecutive games does not make sense. Gostisbehere has not had a second year as strong as his magical rookie year, but he brings a ton of offense from the back end to a team that needs it. Konecney is one of the few Flyers forwards to put fear in the defense of other teams with his speed and creativity. Both players are not known for their defense. But they are both still young and learning. You do not learn by sitting in the press box.
The game on Tuesday against the team formerly known as the Hartford Whalers was an absolute train wreck from start to finish. The Hurricanes completely dominated the Flyers in every aspect. The Flyers did not look like they even wanted to be there. And coming off an extended break, it’s completely unacceptable. It falls on the coaching staff and the leadership to not have a let down, especially after having won three in a row the previous week. The Flyers offense also had a rough week averaging only 1.33 goals per game in the three games this week. And when you sit two of your best offensive talents, it makes scoring goals even more of a challenge.