Just three games into the NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers said goodbye to head coach Peter Laviolette. The Flyers had lost all three games by a combined score of 9-3, with the team only scoring one goal in each game. A year ago, the Flyers missed the playoffs as they finished 10th in the conference.
After starting the season with three straight losses, management felt it was time for a change. That change came in the person of Craig Berube, who will look to right the ship before it goes too far off course. On Tuesday night, he already fixed one problem this team has — he got them in the win column. The Flyers took care of the Florida Panthers 2-1 for the first win of their season and Berube’s first as the Flyers’ coach.
Despite the win, there’s some obvious things the Flyers still have to fix. For instance, there’s still the drought in the offensive production. The Flyers only scored two goals in the victory, giving them five on the season. Another area the Flyers have to fix is the power play. Against the Panthers, they were 0-for-5 and are now 2-for-19 on the season. Good teams produce on the power play. This is an area that must be improved upon for the Flyers.
With a new coach comes a new system and new philosophy. However, it also brings a sense of newness, and sometimes this is the type of event that will rally a team together. Either way, it’s something that the Flyers have used to put together their first win of the young season. Berube and management are hoping it’s the first of many, many more to come.