The Philadelphia Flyers loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday was a hard pill to swallow, but there was a lot of reasons why they lost that game. So when the Flyers came back to take on the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon, fans knew they would see a different team.
Or so they thought.
While the Flyers were sluggish in the beginning of the game and got off to a slow start. They proved to fans why a game isn’t over until the very last second. Two periods does not make a hockey game, especially in such a fast paced game.
There were two reasons why the Flyers were able to come out on top in Saturday’s game. Their names are Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn.
Schenn appeared to have been in a sophomore slump earlier in the season, but since the Flyers have shown progression in the last couple of games, he’s also proven himself worthy of his spot on the roster. Schenn has been at the net a lot doing as much as he can to help his teammates and is quickly becoming a top point leader (17 points) behind Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. He’s also a great passer as he already has 11 assists.
There is one player that Schenn has been doing really well on the line with, and that’s Simmonds. Simmonds just continues to be a Flyer through and through. He got another Gordie Howe Hat Trick in Saturday’s game (a goal, an assist, and a fight), proving why Flyers fans like him. He plays gritty, tough guy hockey and we like it!
He’s also up there with Schenn in points (15). In Saturday’s game Schenn scored two goals, and the first one was with help from Simmonds, so when Simmonds scored his goal in the game it shouldn’t have been surprising that Schenn was right there with him. Simmonds doesn’t have as many assists as Schenn, but he does have one more goal (7) so his impact on the Flyers in the past couple of games has already been proven.
Just as Giroux and Voracek have been meshing well on their line, so are Schenn and Simmonds. They seem like the perfect pair on their line. They also have been doing well when Voracek or seasoned player Danny Briere is helping them out.
The Flyers might not be completely out of the hole this season, but they appear to be improving, and hopefully these young players can help pull the team to the top.
Let’s go Flyers!