That top line of Barkov, Huberdeau, Dadonov has a ridiculous amount of high end talent. Any chance at winning this game starts with slowing those guys down somehow. Barkov is one of the most highly skilled players in the league, and an expert at just taking what little bits other teams give up and making magic happen out of nothing.
I've been saying something similar to this on twitter, Bunnaman looks like he understands what he needs to do to play in the NHL.
He can skate, he will hit, he is not a dumbass, he doesn't quit on puck battles even when he's beaten he still puts his stick in a passing lane or chips a guy as he skates past- both he and NAK do that at a high tempo and they are really a good forechecking presence.
He and Aube-Kubel compliment Raffl's game so well, they're all so smart.
Sure, it happens to all players, that doesn't change his boatload of talent. Also worth noting Huberdeau is far from a slouch either.
I'm not saying the Flyers can't win by any stretch. They absolutely can. I'm just saying that line is a serious contender for one of the most talented in all of the NHL. As such, slowing them down somehow really has to be a priority.
Put another way, our top line in pts this season: Couts (50), TK (47), and Giroux (41).
Their top line
All in, Tallon has done a pretty good job with the draft and depth trades. His Bobo signing may come back to haunt him. Agreed that their first line is very talented. I live a few miles from Sunrise and had a partial seasons pass for a few years but gave up trying to "bond" with the squad. I am happy with my NHL Center Ice and Flyers.
And I don't understand it. Trochek and Hoffman should be better than that. I'm a huge Trochek fan, but he's been pedestrian this year. Unless he and Hoffman just don't mesh for whatever reason
Tell you what. Hoffman/Trochek produce like they should and Bob is anywhere close to normal and the Flyers are looking up at them. Leafs, too.
EDIT: Then again, the Flyers could play that "what if" game too.