Mediocrity has never been acceptable in the city of Philadelphia. However, Philadelphia has only seen one championship from its four major sports teams since 1983. The 2013 Philadelphia Flyers continue to be plagued with average play.
The Flyers have continued to flirt with .500 since the end of November but have failed to top even through their first 33 games. Flyers fans have become dreadfully familiar with this situation. When the puck dropped last season, excitement filled the air in the streets of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, the excitement didn’t last very long. The Flyers lost their season opener and failed to make the playoffs.
While it’s early in the season, the Flyers still have plenty of time to play catch up. However, their schedule isn’t going to make that very easy. Philadelphia has 49 games left to play this season, but 33 of those games are against teams with winning records.
It’s imperative that the Flyers play better from all angles. Steve Mason has been solid, but he’s not exactly standing on his head between the pipes. His numbers are closer to average than they are great. But clearly he’s not the only player to blame. The defense has to give Mason more support and take away some of the pressure. Consistent scoring wouldn’t hurt them either. The Flyers are currently ranked 28th in the league for total goals scored this season (75). It took the Flyers 10 games to score more than two goals in a single game this season. Since that tenth game, the offense has improved, but they are too streaky to feel any kind of comfort. The orange and black have also gotten a little bit of a “soft” reputation, losing games to the New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators.
Tonight, the boys from Broad Street look to get back to the .500 mark when they square off against the Washington Capitals. A win tonight could fuel the fire Philadelphia needs to grab a top spot in the east.