Flyers Plus/Minus: The 5th Back-to-Back

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Photo by Amanda Kurtz

By, Anthony Maiorana(@Philly_Sauce)

We’re barely two months into the NHL season and the Flyers just finished off their 5th back-to-back set of games. They’ve had to run the gauntlet early this season and it’s reasonable to think that, maybe, the sheer volume of games has been a bit of a factor in their 7-7-2 record.

Although, if fatigue were a factor in the Flyers unsteady start, they probably wouldn’t have a 4-0-1 record in second games of back-to-back series.

Anyway, here’s some good stuff that happened over the weekend and, of course, some bad stuff.

Plus:

The Flyers Defense: The Flyers defense racked up five points in the games against the Maple Leafs and the Wild. They have collectively contributed 48 points this season, the most points from a team defense by a 10 point margin. The offensive power of the Flyers blueline was especially helpful against Minnesota as Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto kept the game tied in the 1st and 2nd periods respectively.

Steve Mason*: Specifically his performance in the final two periods of the Minnesota game. There has been an issue with goaltending lately in Philadelphia. The goaltending duo has been unable to stop some basic shots, let alone big moment saves.

On Saturday, there were flashes of the effective Steve Mason that we thought would be present at the beginning of the season, saving 19 out of 20 shots, some of which actually deserved to be on a highlight reel. Now he’ll have a chance to build off that performance. (*) We’ll have to hope this actually lasts more than two periods.

 

Minus:

The Flyers Defense: The Flyers defense, while being strong offensively, has been kinda bad at defense. Obviously, that’s an area where you want your defense to be at least passable. At this point in the season, the Flyers defense is allowing a lot of high-quality scoring chances. Against Toronto, the Flyers defense was trapped in their own zone by the young, skilled forward group of the Leafs.

Michal Neuvirth: Neuvirth was injured in the 1st period of the Minnesota game. That’s a negative for the whole team.

The goaltending may not have been great up to this point, but I was highly unlikely that both goalies continued to have hard times. Neuvirth will now miss 4-6 weeks. The Flyers could finally give Anthony Stolarz a chance to play in the NHL, the could also try to roll with Mason in net for over a Month straight. Which wouldn’ be a shock.

 

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