If you follow me on Twitter (@HenryMette), you saw that last night during the Flyers game against the Caps I was furious with what I was watching. I said at one point that it was painfully obvious I got way too excited about wins against the Rangers and Sabres and I stand by that statement.
Most of my blogs about the Flyers this year have been pessimistic. They had a “we won but sucked doing it” vibe, other than last week’s post. As I was writing last week’s, while genuine, I was actively trying not to sound like a typical Philly fan who’s always upset with their team. But after the last 4 games, how can you not be constantly disappointed with what we’re seeing? It’s the exact same problems game after game that are costing them valuable points in the standings. I can pretty much predict what’s going to happen at this point, which means the other teams definitely can because that is literally their job.
You expect them to play ok in the first, and completely blow it the final two periods. Does AV just say in the room “great game guys let’s go skate for 40 minutes and get out of here” after the first? Cause that’s what it feels like more often than not. Call this an angry rant, cause that’s what it is, but this team annoys me to no end, mostly because one day I feel like they’re Cup contenders and the next they should have a lottery pick. Anyway, here’s my recap of last week’s games and no, they are not positive.
Game 1: Penguins 5 Flyers 2
One of the best games Hart played all year, and he lets up 4 goals because the defense decided to take a nap for the entire game. This was without Crosby too so I can only imagine how bad it would have been had he played. Just like always, the Flyers had a strong first period, and took the last two periods off. The only bright spot of this game was Farabee reminding us he’s crucial to the team’s future.
Game 2: Flyers 4 Penguins 3
I was busy during the first period, and almost didn’t turn the game on after seeing 3 goals in 71 seconds. This was a rare instance where the 2nd and 3rd periods were better than the first. There was nothing that really blew me away about their play other than their will and desire to win, evidenced by their physicality and winning 50/50 puck battles. AV reminded me of early 2010s Peter Laviolette.
Game 3: Penguins 4 Flyers 3
Honestly pretty even for the most part, but you can’t lose 2 out of 3 to a Penguins team to whom you’re supposed to be superior. I understand it’s tough mentally and physically to play all these games in a row, but you have to want it more. You need to be the hungrier dog to run faster.
Game 4: Capitals 3 Flyers 1
In the first period, the forechecking and physicality was great, forcing turnovers and creating good chances. Then, shocker, the second and third period were piss poor excuses for NHL hockey. The Flyers were completely unable to execute basic plays, failing to make tape to tape passes at any important moment. In addition, watching the defense fail Carter Hart for the umpteenth time made me want to throw my TV out the window. Lastly, the power play is an absolute joke. Jordan Hall gave us this stat last night: since February 1st, the Flyers are 6 for 47 on the PP. I honestly cannot fathom how this hasn’t been given the highest priority. Michel Therrien CLEARLY can’t run a power play, and something needs to be done about it.
For the sake of not making a long one even longer, I’ll save my Mike Yeo and Michel Therrien gripes for other posts. I don’t even want to do a who’s hot, who’s not on this week. JVR, Couturier, and Farabee are about all we have offensively, and the defense is an absolute joke. JVR leads in all offensive categories. The Flyers play the Sabres on Tuesday and then two more games against the Capitals. That should be one win and I’m on my knees praying for more than that but I’m not hopeful. This team just disappoints the hell out of me, man. I’m so salty about it.