Orange & Black Breakdown
by Vindisi on 10/27/11 at 08:01 PM ET
Wow. Last night’s game is one where you take the tapes and throw them out. The 2nd and 3rd periods were downright awful to watch. There were too many defensive miscues, and puck possession was downright atrocious. Oh and to add insult to injury, Brayden Schenn has a broken foot. Plus side, the injury now allows Cooter to get more minutes. After the jump, a quick write up on tonight’s game.
Winnipeg Jets (2-5-1 | 5 pts) vs Philadelphia Flyers (5-3-1 | 11 pts)
Last night’s game was a full-on defensive let-down. This can’t happen, even with Pronger out of the lineup. Also, you can’t have the first person to get in the faces of the Habs be your best player. I was waiting for Simmonds or Shelley to step up to the plate and fight someone when the Flyers were reeling. When that never happened, I knew we were in trouble.
What to expect from the Jets:
Evander Kane: The Jets best player. He has speed to burn, so the Flyers defenseman better not let him slip behind them. He has yet to put it all together, but when he does, he will be something special.
Dustin Byfuglien: Remember him. He is the Thrashers Jets best defenseman. He is a horse for them in the back. They have a solid top 4 defenseman (Bogosian, Stuart, and Enstrom). Surprising to see their goal differential is the worst in the league at a -10.
Ondrej Pavelec: Then you realize why their goal differential is so poor. Their backstop is nothing short of special. He is struggling out of the gate with an .870 save % and a 3.52 GAA. If the Flyers make him look amazing, than there could be some serious problems to worry about in Flyers land.
Buff is lucky Pronger isn’t in the lineup
Keys for the FLYERS tonight:
Voracek and JvR: Can we promise to never put these two together ever again? They have identical styles of play. They make the same moves into the zone. They make life easier for the opposing team because they drive wide then behind the net or try a below % pass into the center of the ice. If Lavvy can’t see this, than we have some serious issues with our brain trust.
4 Horsemen: Can they right the ship after an awful showing last night? They were awful in every sense of the word. Not one good to say about all of them. If they don’t find steadiness, than we are in for a long trek until Pronger comes back.
COOTER: Is he going to prove to Lavvy to never put him on the 4th line ever again? Hopefully tonight is the night he shows him that the team’s issues occurred when he lowered Cooter to the 4th line. It is time for Cooter’s progression to take center stage as he tries to prove that he belongs. Enough of the coaxing, time for him to take some significant steps with Schenn out of the lineup.
My BOLD predictions for tonight:
-Cooter scores for a case of TK
-JvR scores on a rocket
-Matt Read dominates, reminds Flyers of Giroux when he started off with the team
Lets Go Flyers!
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