One of the biggest positives to come out of the Philadelphia Flyers win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night was how great the goaltending was. Mason really proved himself and looks to be lining himself up for the starting position, however, the offense was very lackluster.
The biggest complaint for years about the Flyers has been that their defense is terrible. This is true, but the team has also managed to turn it on midseason by having a phenomenal offense that has been able to make up for it. So far this season, we have seen neither of that. The defense is unchanged, but the offense is terrible. They’re sluggish, they waste away power play opportunities and just can’t seem to keep the puck on their stick.
So what is the problem?
Although, the organization may disagree, it does not seem like a coaching issue. However, we have only seen the Flyers play under Craig Berube for a game, so we can give it time. The team itself has a lot of issues, and most of it stems from the offense not getting the puck to the net.
Their struggles don’t really make sense because it’s not as if General Manager Paul Holmgren blew up the whole team. Ilya Bryzgalov and Danny Briere are both gone, but neither of those players exactly carried this team. So it’s not as if the team needs to get used to playing with each other. The acquisitions of Mark Streit and Vincent Lecavalier should have helped this team, but it seems like neither of them have influenced the team positively.
It’s not clear what exactly is affecting this team, but it needs to be rectified or it’s going to be a long season for Flyers fans.