October was bad for the Philadelphia Flyers. But all things considered, if the first game of November is an accurate depiction of the road that lies ahead, things are only going to get worse.
The Flyers took a 7-0 pummelling from the Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals last night.
Steve Mason, Ray Emery, it really doesn’t matter. Goaltending isn’t the problem in Philly. They can’t score. Over a span of 12 games to begin the season, the Flyers have scored an abysmal 20 goals, making consistent winning virtually impossible. There are thirty teams in the NHL, and twenty-nine of them have scored more goals than Philly at this point.
Change is desperately needed but firing the head coach is not an option. They just did that. So what’s left? Trading the whole team won’t work either. Maybe a quick fix solution won’t cut it here. Perhaps this group of Flyers lacks too many fundamental elements needed to comprise a winning hockey club. If that is the case, then patience is the only option. Time heels all wounds, and bad contracts.
Even the big guns aren’t getting it done. Franchise player, Claude Giroux, is not producing offence. He has 0 goals and 6 assists this season. I wouldn’t have predicted it either, but it’s reality. Giroux is obviously talented, but his skills are not translating to points or wins.
Giroux isn’t the only Flyer forward failing at offensive production. Through 8 games played, Scott Hartnell has 0 points. Wayne Simmonds (who was a major returning piece in the Mike Richards deal) has 4 points after 12 contests.
The Flyers defence is slow in mobility and decision making. That is a horrendous combination. They have never recovered from the loss of Chris Pronger. Adding Mark Streit helped, but not enough. And, the Luke Schenn trade isn’t quite working out according to plan. The Flyers blue line is a disaster.
If you love the Flyers, be patient. This is probably not your year. That being said, it’s not all bad. The season isn’t even a quarter of the way complete. It would be unprecedented, but maybe Philly can redeem themselves, make the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup this year! Or, maybe we call this one a write-off – learning experience. The good news is, if the Flyers inadequate play continues they will draft high next summer. Nobody cashes in on 1st round picks like the Philadelphia Flyers. This season may be a nightmare, but the future is bright.