The Flyers have had a tough few weeks, culminating with multiple failed comebacks against the experienced and talented Capitals team that literally rubbed the ice with Flyers players.
Not since Roy McAvoy had the shanks in Tin Cup has a game been so out of whack simultaneously.
The defense can’t break out, the offense can’t score without an extra man on the ice, goaltenders are in a serious funk, and “grit” is lacking up and down the lineup.
A new week, a new hope. Please…??
Flyers vs. Rangers: Three Storylines
Hart-Broken or Hart-Stoppin’?
Carter Hart will be making the start this evening and the results will be…
Hart’s tumultuous season has left Flyers Nation scratching their heads as the once unflappable 22-year-old is getting flapped again and again. As a result, Brian Elliott has shouldered more of the workload in recent weeks, and that strategy finally caught up to him with a poor showing on Saturday night against the Caps.
Looking at the Rangers this evening, it will be a big moment, one way or the other, to see if the “savior” or the “slumper” Carter Hart shows in the net.
Keep it simple stupid…
The Flyers are in a dark place right now. Every mistake is amplified, bounces are going against them, and goals are hard to come by. Every cliché is being thrown around in the past week:
- Pressing too hard
- Trending in the right direction
- Keep playing our game
- Trust the process
The list goes on…
The reality is the Flyers team has to dig themselves out of the hole they are in one small play at a time.
- Get pucks deep
- Traffic in front
- Passes to the stick
- Short shifts
More cliches, but keeping it simple – especially in the first and after goals – will be a small yet vital step in getting the team back on track.
The Rangers are the opponent that is nipping at the Flyers heals in the standings. While both teams are text-book mediocre 5-5 in the last 10, the Rangers are coming off a 4-0 shelling of the Bruins.
They have also seen star forward Artemi Panarin come out of witness protection and back into the lineup, which seems to have boosted the Rangers game – at least for one game.
On paper, the Flyers should handle the Rangers, but confidence is the great equalizer. Going into tonight, the Rangers are powered by it, and the Flyers are hobbled by it.
Can the Flyers flip the script in the confidence game and play like a playoff team?
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