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Flyers Week in Review: 1/9-1/16

Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys joined me in breaking down the Flyers’ performance last week. Enjoy!

January 9-16th, 2011

5-2 W @ Buffalo
7-5 L @ Boston
5-2 W @ Atlanta
3-2 W @ New York Rangers

THE NUMBERS

3-1-0 record
- 18 goals for
- 11 goals against
- 1/10 on power play
- 11/13 on penalty kill

REPORT CARD

Offense

DL: Offense remains on point. The Flyers are deep enough and get enough contributions that when a top player or two are off, other step up. Something the Flyers need during the Playoffs. There is always room for improvement, but this could be one of the most dangerous offensives in the league. They’re a move away from become the hands down favorite.

Grade: A

MT: All in all, the Flyers offense continued to be impressive in the last week. They averaged 4.5 goals a game, and the lowest output on the week was three goals against New York. Scoring four goals a game should be more than enough for any NHL team to remain successful.

Grade: A+

Defense

DL:The defense has to bear down defensively. Sounds funny right? There are too many lapses in their own end, but for the most part – still one of the most talented and deepest groups in the league. The Flyers more than survived their time without Pronger, which is scary for opposing teams coming down the stretch and in the Playoffs – a rested Pronger.

Grade: B

MT: Although the defense hasn’t been woefully bad, I still can’t wrap my head around giving up seven goals to the Bruins. The absence of Chris Pronger has certainly played a role in higher shot totals for the opposition. Although Matt Walker is an improvement over Oskars Bartulis, the defense is still having lapses. However, the defensive scoring has picked up a bit as of late, which is a good sign.

Grade: C+

Goaltending

DL: They’re been impressive all season. Bobrovsky has really turned his compete level up in the last week and Boucher had a rough go against the Bruins. Pretty impressed this was the first adversity Boucher was faced with. Bob was the better goalie this week, but for some reason, I’m pretty compfortable with those two in net

Bob’s Grade: A

Boucher’s Grade: C

MT: Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher each had two starts, and Boucher’s weak effort against Boston really hurt him. Bobrovsky had a save percentage of .942 for the week, while Boucher’s was .889. I wasn’t a math major, but that’s pretty clear-cut.

Bob’s 
Grade: A-

Boucher’s Grade: C-

Special Teams

DL: Flyers power play needs to be better – Pronger out has something to do with that. Why not play Hartnell-Briere-Leino on a PP unit? Not sure, but I do like Richards at the point with Timonen, circa 2007. Maybe roll Pronger and Meszaros on the top-unit when he comes back and Timonen and Richards on the second? I like it. PK has been good all year.

Grade: B

MT: The power play units had shown signs of waking up two weeks ago, but they look to be back to their old tricks lately. Although two of the goals against New York did come immediately after the PP expired, there’s still not enough production. The Flyers have too much offensive talent to score on 10% of their opportunities over four games. The penalty kill was pretty good, especially with the shorthanded tally against the Rangers on Sunday.

Grade: B

THE MVP

DL: Briere has been a stud for my fantasy team and a thorn in Colin Campbell’s side. Keep it goin’ Danny Boy.

MT: Without a doubt, this honor should go to Daniel Briere. Since being left off the All Star Game roster, Briere has three goals and four assists in four games.

STEP IT UP

DL: Darroll Powe should be a healthy scratch. Andreas Nodl has been bad, but not as bad as Powe.

MT: Andreas Nodl has been awfully quiet lately for the Flyers, and that’s not a good thing. He continues to be a consistent defensive forward, but his lack of offensive contribution has been troubling for the top line.

THREE STARS

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

Three stars for Briere.
Two stars for Bobrovsky
One star to Meszaros

THAT’S WHAT HE SAID

Flyers’ Mike Richards on coming into the third period with a lead against Boston…

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to start the period. We would rather have a better start but sometimes you get bounces and sometimes you don’t. When stuff like that happens it is tough to get in a groove in a period. I took a couple penalties tonight that I shouldn’t have took. But it is one of those things. Obviously, I am not accepting losing, ever.”

MOVING FORWARD

Tuesday, January 18th vs. Washington – I say W; Dustin says L.
Thursday, January 20th vs. Ottawa – I say W; Dustin agrees.
Saturday, January 22nd vs. New Jersey – I say W; Dustin agrees.
Sunday, January 23rd @ Chicago – I says OTL; Dustin says W.