The Flyer’s season has been streaky to say the least. The ten game win streak was followed by an absolutely abysmal stretch of performances. Now the team has won four out of their last five, with the one loss being arguably the worst showing of the season. While the recent success has stemmed the talks of a potential trade, the fact remains that this team will remain balancing on a razor thin edge if changes are not made. With the trade deadline approaching and the playoff picture beginning to take shape, what can the Flyers do to tighten up their performance?
For me there are two areas that need to improve; defensive responsibility and offensive production. While these seem obvious, it is also a double edge sword that the team has yet to find a way to safely handle. They either win games 2-1 or lose them 5-4. In fact the Flyers have only won one game this season by three or more goals (a 6-3 win over Carolina on October 22nd) but have lost by three or more goals a hand full of times. So how can a team that essentially has to pick their poison each night begin to improve? There are two answers; changing the systems the team employs and manipulating the personnel they have available to them.
By making some relatively simple adjustments, the Flyers should begin performing more consistently. The posts in this series will discuss these adjustments in depth and will range from individual personnel use to team tactics. It will also discuss what types of players the team needs to develop or obtain in the future to fill gaps in the system.
While the Flyers may at times seem like a mess, the fact is they are not far away from having a solid team from top to bottom. It is also important that this is a team in transition and it has to go through growing pains before they will perform like the fans expect. However, by maximizing their current situation, they can begin to expedite this process.