Pod Street Preview : Flyers in Mid-Season Form

Welcome to the Pod Street Preview. Coming off of a less-than-ideal mini playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, your Philadelphia Flyers traveled for a four game home stand. The first game of the home stand kicked off the first of a three-game mini series against the Washington Capitals.

Just shy of the anniversary date of the NHL shutdown due to Covid-19, Flyers fans are welcomed back to the Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia is allowing around 3,100 fans into the building to cheer on the Orange and Black. Hearing the faint “Let’s Go Flyers!” chants from the TV warms your heart and sparked the Flyers to play their game.

The Flyers will get a small break in between the Capitals series as the Buffalo Sabres come to town. The Flyers should take that small break from the Capitals with a warm glass of milk because seeing Ovechkin and company could become old and fast. Let’s take a look at the first game of the week against the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo Wings in Philly

The Sabres have become a bore to watch as they are currently sitting in the basement of the East Division at 6-14-3 with 15 points. This will be the fifth time that the Flyers will matchup against the Sabres out of their eight games in the series. Currently the series is being owned by the Flyers with a 3-1 record, with the Flyers outscoring the Sabres 10-6.

Lately, the Sabres have been under a lot of scrutiny and drama as their season hasn’t gone the way that they were hoping. Adding in Taylor Hall to the fold was supposed to give the Sabres a much needed scoring touch that they were solely depending on Jack Eichel for. The rumor mill has swirled with the likes of trade talks for who they could get for Eichel, Hall, and Ristolainen. This team is in shambles and they are playing as if there is another generational player up for grabs in this year’s draft.

The Flyers have kept the Sabres scoreless in three straight games after Buffalo potted six goals in the first meeting between these two clubs. Brian Elliott has been incredible this season against the Sabres and should take the net on Tuesday night. Expect the Flyers to play hard against the Sabres and keep kicking them while they’re down. Buffalo is currently riding a three game losing streak.

Capping the Week Off

We all know how Sunday’s game went with having the fans in the stands for the first time in just about a year. Joel Farabee got the show started as he scored his eleventh goal of the season. …and then the Flyers decided to take their foot off of the gas pedal. 

Let’s not torture you and relive Sunday’s game, but if the Flyers want to have any type of winning chance against the Capitals, they really need to bring their “A” game. Wingers and defenseman alike need to play their positions and they’ve got to keep the puck off of Ovechkin’s stick!

Games against Washington, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders are important for the Flyers to win if they want to make any type of swing in the standings. It may have only been the second game between these two clubs, but the lackluster effort from Orange and Black in Game two was less than desired. 

With Tom Wilson serving a seven game suspension, Alain Vigneault’s Flyers need to play with a little grit and physicality against the talented Capitals. Zdeno Chara will bring the physicality as well for the Capitals, but all you have to do is skate past him and take a shot. Hey Flyers, it’s time to grind!

Final Thoughts

The shortened season and points being more important than ever discussion has been pounded hard lately. The players and fans are probably both tired of hearing and talking about each crucial game that they need to win. Well, who cares? The Flyers are given 56 games to figure it out to earn a playoff spot and they are showing signs that they aren’t going to figure it out this season. We hit the halfway mark this week and the Flyers have left way too many points sitting on the table.

Obviously, the weekly predictions on how the Flyers are going to perform end up being just like their performance on the ice so let’s skip that this week shall we? As Flyers fans, let’s just hope that this team can string together some games and propel themselves back into a playoff spot. They have the pieces to do it, but will those pieces fall into place come game time? Only time will tell. 

Thanks for checking out the Pod Street Preview. Be sure to check out the postgames once each contest is done, and check back this time next week for the next installment of the Pod Street Preview.

Photo Credit – Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

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