Thursday, December 29, 2011

Can the Flyers Turn it Around?

The Flyers are in a tailspin. No doubt about it. They have lost 4 of 5 games, and those games have been embarrassing. And this latest loss, a 5 to 1 dubbing by the Tampa Bay Lighting, really shines some light on some problems the Flyers are having as of late.

Ilya Bryzgalov can be an outstanding goaltender. The problem is, when he isn't outstanding, he's awful. And he tends to be streaky. So if a team can catches the Flyers at the right time, they can eliminate them in a 7 game series. Is Bobrovsky the solution? Maybe a stopgap solution, but the Flyers need more consistent play out of Bryzgalov, and they need him to bounce back after games, not get into a rut.

The Flyers can have a prolific offense. The problem of late has been a lack of offense when they get down early. The beginning of the season was marked by a team you could never count out, a 3 to 0 deficit was nothing for this team. Unfortunately, the opposite has been true of late. The Flyers let in a couple of early goals, and they just roll over and play dead. That is not a good omen for the upcoming Winter Classic, but it is an even worse omen for a team that has playoff aspirations.

So what can the Flyers do reverse this trend? Simple. Win. They need solid play from Bryzgalov. But if he lets in a couple of early goals, they can't roll over and just take the thrashing. They need to fight back, and score. And score a lot. Show Bryzgalov that a couple of goals is nothing for one of the most prolific offenses in the NHL. And that will get him his confidence back. So that's the cure.


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