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Flyers Week in Review: 11/3-11/9

Starting this week, Dustin Leed from www.thehockeyguys.net will join me in grading the Flyers performance over the previous week. Here is the first edition, enjoy!

November 3-9, 2010
THE NUMBERS

- 2-0-1 record
- 8 goals for
- 5 goals against
- 2/9 on power play
- 12/16 on penalty kill

REPORT CARD

Offense
DL: The Flyers offense started the week, Thursday against the Rangers, getting contributions from everyone and clicking at full speed. Claude Giroux was at his best, and former Rangers, Nik Zherdev and Blair Betts added tallies. Saturday against the Islanders, it looked like a different offense arrived in Long Island compared to the one fans saw just two days prior. Flyers fired just 26 shots on goal and added the game-winning goal with just over five minutes left in regulation. It was the same story with their loss Sunday in D.C. The Flyers didn’t get enough rubber to Braden Holtby, who was making his first NHL career start. Holtby wasn’t tested enough by the Flyers offense.
Grade: B

MT: Although the offense looked pretty darn good against the Rangers, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the Islanders and Capitals games. I’m sure the team probably suffered from playing three games in four days, but I expected to see a bit more offensive production. The team was unstoppable at times, but too inconsistent to be given a high mark. I agree that Holtby wasn’t tested enough, which should have been a point of emphasis for the Flyers. All in all, I’d give the team an A for the Rangers win, a C for the game on the Isle and a B- in Washington.
Grade: B-

Defense
DL: The defense has been playing well, a large part due to Mr. Sergei Bobrovsky. The Defense saved Bobrovsky numerous times Saturday against the Islanders and held the high-flying Washington Capitals in check, for the most part, on Sunday.
Grade: B+

MT: Fantastic efforts against the Islanders and Rangers, but the defense definitely left something to be desired in the loss against Washington. Although they may not have been too bad on the score sheet, a couple of late penalties by Chris Pronger and Sean O’Donnell proved to be costly in the team’s pursuit of a seventh straight win.
Grade: B

Goaltending

DL: Sergei Bobrovsky for the week: .945 save percentage, 1.67 goals against average.
Grade: A

MT: No argument here, Bobrovsky looked fantastic over the last week.
Grade: A

Special Teams

DL: 2/9 on the power play works for us, but 12/16 on PK does not. Flyers must clamp down but allowing at least one PP goal to the opposition in each game won’t get it done.
Grade: B-

MT: In full agreement with the PK unit. Teams like Washington will make you pay on the PP and that’s exactly what happened on Sunday. The PP looks to be good, but there is certainly room for improvement there too. Laviolette has rewarded players with PP ice time thus far, as Zherdev started seeing time in the Washington game. Could be a good move going forward.
Grade: B

THE MVP

DL: The man they call Bob. Sergei Bobrovsky, as we mentioned earlier, posted a .945 SV % and 1.67 GAA. He is our weekly MVP.

MT: It’s all about Bob for the Flyguys.

STEP IT UP

JVR has been a healthy scratch the last two games against New York and Washington for the likes of Eric Wellwood and Andreas Nodl. His lack of production has many wondering if he should be playing on the big club.
Also, the team must crack down on their stick-related penalties. Although mostly incidental, it’s essential that the team is conscientious of having better control of their sticks.

THREE STARS

Three stars to the best player of the week, two to the second best, one star to the third.

Three stars for Bobrovsky.

Two stars for Andreas Nodl, who had the GWG Saturday against the Islanders and managed a point in each of the last three games

One star to Zherdev, who bounced back from his benching with two goals in the last three games.

MOVING FORWARD

Thursday, November 11th @Carolina – Carolina is coming off a big win against Edmonton, Mark predicts an OTL; Dustin predicts a L.
Saturday, November 13th vs. Florida – W’s all around
Monday, November 15th vs. Ottawa – W’s all around
Tuesday, November 16th @ Montreal – Montreal usually plays the Flyers tough in their home barn, Mark predicts a L; Dustin predicts a W.