Communication has been a problem lately, just ask the Philadelphia Flyers team who played Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues.
But with all due respect with all the new faces on this Flyers team, there were bound to be communication problems somewhere along the line.
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and defenseman Braydon Coburn blew a transfer behind the net, allowing the Blues’ Matt D’Agostini to score 1:06 after the Flyers had made it a one-goal game.
Ilya Bryzgalov had this to say after the game. “We have to establish it because it needs to be very simple,” Bryzgalov said of communicating with his defensemen. “We need to have three words and everybody has to know these words … play it, leave it or over. Not, everybody comes up with his own words, like I’ll pick up, or don’t touch or something like that. It needs to be a simple three words so everybody understands everybody and we’re all on the same page. And then we won’t have this problem in the future.”
Tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Sergei Bobrvosky will be making his second start of the young season in net. Ilya Bryzgalov will back him up.
Another thing that may be a problem for this young Flyers team, are the lines. The past two seasons Danny Briere made a living from scoring behind the net and on the goal line. In order for him to get back to that scoring touch coach Peter Laviolette may need to put Jaromir Jagr on the same line with Briere. Before the Flyers let Villie Leino walk during free agency, Leino was the main guy who cycled the puck on this Flyers team allowing Briere to get lost behind the net, eventually allowing him to score. Now that Leino is gone, why has coach Laviolette not put Jagr on the same line as Briere? Jagr is arguably one of the best to ever play the cycle game in the NHL.
In their first five games, the Flyers used mostly the same lineup and went 4-0-1. But after Tuesday’s win against Ottawa, Philadelphia called up top prospect Brayden Schenn and changed some lines, but the result has been two straight losses.
As for the Toronto Maple Leafs their hottest player right now is Phil Kessel. Kessel has 5 points in his last three games, and entered the week leading the league with 14 points and tied for the top spot with 8 goals. But the Leafs are without their number one goaltender, James Reimer. He is out with a neck injury suffered Saturday against Montreal.
Jonas Gustavsson will start in net tonight.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games when playing Toronto
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