This is the week that defines the Flyers 2021 season.
The Flyers are four points out of a playoff spot, had completely erratic play, and cannot seem to get a good break even when they do play well. They are coming off arguably their best 60-minute effort on Saturday night against the Islanders but could not close the comeback and lost in a shootout.
The Flyers are not in an ideal situation.
A team wants control of their own destiny going into the end of the season. The only way that happens starts tonight by going head-to-head against the team they are chasing in the standings.
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Carter Hart took a full week away from games to regain his form, confidence, and his teammates faith.
Saturday night Carter Hart finally looked like Carter Hart.
The two goals he let in were high-quality chances resulting from a short-handed miscue and botched failed clear by JVR/Farabee.
Hardly Hart’s fault.
Carter has had a rough go this season against the Bruins this year, but if he finds his game and can perform against the Bruins, it will be a step in the right direction.
As Hart seems to gain his confidence, the Bruins have announced that Jaroslav Halak and Tukka Rask are out for Monday’s game. The crease vacancy leaves Dan Vladar as the likely starter who has gone 2-1 this season.
Can the Flyers get another strong performance from Hart and take advantage of Vladar’s inexperience?
Unfortunately, the Flyers and inconsistency have gone together way too well this season.
They have not been able to string together consecutive strong games, the no-win streak has happened since February, and the effort on a nightly basis seems optional.
The cautious optimism of Saturday night’s strong team performance is smothered by the nagging inconsistency.
Which Flyers team will actually show up tonight? The hard checking, defensively responsible cycling group or a rival to the Mites on Ice performance?
Sam Morin was a presence on Saturday night, both good and bad.
He got the best of the Islander’s Ross Johnston in an early game fight. Johnston didn’t return to the bench.
He then took a bone-head interference call that nearly sent JG Pageau to the emergency room. Very lucky to only get two on that one.
Big Sam is impacting this Flyers team by using his size, toughness, and strength to combat opponents’ big men. He is also giving the team some confidence to play with some additional snarl that was missing through most of the season.
Pairing nicely with “recently recalled” Ghost, if Morin can continue tonight to push the physicality in the defensive zone without going overboard, he can improve this team and their chances at a victory.
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