Overall, I thought the Flyers played well. They hung with Vegas all game, and in fact probably had a slight edge in territorial play 5v5.
Basically, the failure of our PP and PK was the difference in the game. Vegas went 2/2 on the PP and we went 1/4.
A few observations from the game..
- Mrazek was good and made a number of big saves that kept the game close... but his rebound control is a definite problem. It probably turned a bunch of routine stops into adv
What's most hilarious about this conversation is how far up the depth chart Lehtera has risen! At this rate he'll be on the 1st line by April!
[seriously, he's been very good (for a guy who can't skate)]
I'm with you. I'm against any idea that puts Couturier on the third line.
I'm also against any idea that puts Weal on the top line. He is NOT an NHL players, let alone putting him on the top line.
Lastly, the dislike of Filppula on this board is really exaggerated. It's not as bad as all that and will be ending shortly. If anything, I'd put him back on wing and have Laughton center him and Simmonds.
He is the poster child for what the whole team is doing the last month to six weeks: Pass first.
Earlier, when Coots was having some success, he was shooting, crashing the net, and banging in rebounds. The whole stinking team has become allergic to the net and want to find someone, anyone, to pass to. Nevermind that there are 5 defenders, a goalie, and a division 1 lacrosse team in between them and whomever they're passing to. It's like they've all gotten Voracek Syndrome.
Sanheim should be in the line up for the rest of the season. You need his puck moving abilities because aside from the top pair, we have no one else that can do it effectively on a consistent basis. He'll make mistakes, but who cares? Manning and MacDonald make those mistakes on a nightly basis, but at least Sanheim will get better.