The Philadelphia Flyers‘ power play unit has struggled to say the least this season. They are an astounding 3-for-27 on the power play this season, ranking them next to last in the league, and are one for their last 25 in power play opportunities.
Frankly, it is crippling their offense. For the Flyers to go on their first winning streak starting against the New York Islanders, their power play is going to have to be much, much better. The problem is that the Flyers aren’t scoring in 5-on-5 situations either. The combination has led to anemic offensive play for the Flyers for almost an entire month of hockey.
This needs to change now. The Islanders play tight defense, especially in 5-on-5 hockey. The Flyers have to capitalize on their special teams opportunities when they go on the power play. Guys that are usually studs on the power play like Kimmo Timonen, Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Vincent Lecavalier are struggling to get going for whatever reason.
Timonen was even demoted to the second team power play unit, which he was not thrilled about. Flyers head coach Craig Berube is searching for answers right now. In a season where their goaltender Steve Mason has been standing on his head for the majority of the year, the Flyers should have a much better record than they do.
Because of the offense, they have struggled out of the gate. The usual veterans they count on for offense simply haven’t been producing. Many wondered if the Flyers should go outside the organization for help, and so far they haven’t. They seem to be counting on their own players to simply improve. That starts on the power play tonight against the Isles.