The Philadelphia Flyers came into tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers having won six out of their past seven games but came up on the short end of a 3-1 game tonight. Steve Mason, the losing goaltender on the night, wasn’t necessarily bad in recording 28 saves on 31 shots. In fact, the goaltending duo of Mason and Ray Emery has been very good this year, especially of late. Neither has given up more than three goals since a 7-0 blowout loss on November 1.
Goaltending consistency is something the Flyers have actually had, which they never did under Ilya Bryzgalov. The problem they’ve had this year believe it or not has been the offense. The magic number for the Flyers this year has been to get over two goals. In 17 out of 23 games, the Flyers have scored two goals or less and in those games they have a record of 4-11-2. In the six games where they have scored more than two goals they are 6-0.
They have two much talent to not be putting the puck in the net. Wayne Simmonds, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek combined for 58 goals in a lockout-shortened season last year. This year through 22 games not one of them has more than four goals and that just isn’t going to cut it.
The team has played better as of late and are fighting hard for new coach Craig Berube. But with the weapons they have, if they are getting high quality play in net, they have to score more goals. When the offense comes up short, the Flyers lose. It’s plain and simple and it happened again tonight.