Philadelphia has gotten off to a rocky start this season, however, after beating the Kings last night 5-2, the Flyers now have their first consecutive win of the season.
As of right now, the Flyers are sixth in the Metropolitan Division at 6-7-0.
Some of the Flyers struggles have come from injuries to JVR and Raffl, however, Philadelphia has also struggled with consistently being able to score goals.
In six of their seven losses, Philadelphia scored just two goals or less. In their six wins, five of them were able to score at least five goals.
Giroux leads the team in points with four goals and ten assists.
Wayne Simmonds leads the team in goals with seven, and power play goals with two.
With numerous explosive lines this season, the Flyers are going to need more people to step up. They’ll also need improvement in their special teams.
Philadelphia is 23rd in the league on the power play (15.6%), and is 30th in the league on the penalty kill (68.8%).
In net, I’m not sure where to start.
Brian Elliott is 4-5-0 with a goals against average of 3.10, and a save percentage of .893.
Calvin Pickard is 2-1-0 with a goals against average of 4.73 goals against per game, and a save percentage of .833.
Michal Neuvirth is 0-1-0 where he allowed six goals, and had a save percentage of .727. Not impressive.
Philadelphia has the potential to be a playoff caliber team, however, with JVR out and subpar goaltending and special teams, it is extremely difficult to be successful in the NHL nowadays.
The Flyers will be looking to close out their four game road trip with wins over a talented San Jose Sharks team Saturday, and a young Arizona Coyotes team Tuesday.
Claude Giroux: http://www.philly.com
Michal Neuvirth: http://www.nytimes.com
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