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Philadelphia Flyers’ flying troubles

The Philadelphia Flyers


The Philadelphia Flyers have been off to a roller-coaster of a start. The Flyers sit twelfth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-9-7, leaving them with 23 points, tied with another shockingly troubled club, the Montreal Canadiens. The happenings as of late come as a bit of a surprise, as the Flyers did have a decent start to the season. However, their loss to the Arizona Coyotes, who were winless at the time, came at the end of their October schedule and has seemingly sent them on a spiraling downfall.


Before the loss, the Flyers sat at an even six wins, six losses and have unfortunately staked more losses in November. To this point, they have dropped 10 of 12 games this month. During the unfortunate month, they have allowed 39 goals, while only scoring 28. Not only is the team under-performing as a whole, but first-round pick, Nolan Patrick, has been awfully quiet. Although a rookie, there were some expectations around him to be able to perform. However, currently sitting at six points in 15 games played with a +/- of one, things are a bit underwhelming. Fortunately, for fans of the orange and black, Claude Giroux has had no issues with putting forward some quality hockey. There are also two more positives for the Flyers, in the forms of Jakub Vorachek and Sean Couturier.


Giroux, Vorachek and Couturier seem to be in a complete league of their own. Vorachek is leading the pack, sitting at 29 points, with Giroux at 27 and Couturier at 26. Combed, the three are one of the most dangerous lines in the NHL, sitting at total 82 points. However, the inability of the other lines has not backed the consistent top-line. Starting goaltender, Brian Elliott, has also done more than his share to give the Flyers chances to win games. Through 18 games played, Elliott has faced an absurd 548 shots against, only allowing 52 to sneak by.


With only seven of the 18 man roster sitting with a negative +/-, it is not easy to point the finger. One would basically have to blame everyone other than their top line and goaltender Brian Elliott. However, unfortunately for the Flyers, hockey requires a full team and a full 60 minutes of hard work. Not meaning to point out the obvious, but things really do need to change in the City of Brotherly Love.


The Flyers will play one last game in the month of November tonight with a 7pm EST puck drop. They will host the San Jose Sharks who are coming off of a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 25.