Orange & Black Breakdown
by Vindisi on 11/04/11 at 01:18 AM ET
Awful finish for the Flyers. If you play sound hockey with a lead, then you should walk away with a win. Allowing the Devils to nearly double you in shots is unacceptable and can be pointed directly at the lack of intensity and intelligence in the defensive zone. After the jump, you will see how I really feel about tonight’s game.
Although, the final number is close, in the second period when the Flyers had a 2 goal lead, they couldn’t win one flippin’ (very close to cursing there) faceoff. At one point the Devils won four consecutive face-offs in the offensive zone, which ultimately lead to a garbage goal by Parise. Bob should have stopped it; but looking big picture, I would get frustrated if my team couldn’t win one faceoff. Also, it’s not like they were face-offs after an icing; so fatigue is not the issue.
I won’t call it laziness, but far too many times I see the forwards leaving a huge gap between them and the defense causing the break out of their own zone to be an adventure each and every time. Sooner or later the defense falters in their pass, which leads to a quick counter-rush. Case and point, that third goal was the result of Carle having no other outlet and trying to force a feed to Talbot. Yes, the smart player who knows they have a lead wouldn’t have made that pass, but at the same time Talbot needs to swing wide there to give Carle more of a passing lane.
It seemed like the past two nights the Flyers have been having the puck jammed down their throats in the defensive end. Win some puck battles, and you might see a difference. The Flyers look soft at times. This can be attributed to the number of young guys they are dressing this season who are underdeveloped.
Mez and Carle have looked awful in their own end. I know Coburn wasn’t good in his own right, but these two were front and center in tonight’s loss. Clearly the two of them offensive defenseman, but duty number one is defending your net. On the second goal, Mez turned it over, but the worst part of that sequence was the fact he never did anything to eliminate one of the options. He sat in no man’s land instead of doing one of three options:
A) he could have laid out to stop the cross pass
B) he could have completely eliminated the other guy in the play by over committing
C) he could have gone after the shooter
Instead, he went with the worst option and sat there like a pylon. It’s pretty obvious that the two of them have taken a step back this year. In all honesty, at some point this season I ultimately see the Flyers packaging one of them and one of their fine young forwards for a bonafide defenseman. #JustSayin
I’m looking at you Mr. Carle and Mr. Mez
Offensive depth: Wow, after tonight. You would think the Devils were the deepest team in the league. It seemed like every Devils line did what they wanted tonight against the Flyers, especially when in the corners.
COOTER: Cooter was barely seen tonight. I saw him take a pop early in the game in the corner. It’s clear his body needs time to build muscle as he looked like a rag doll on that encounter in the corner.
JvR: Woops. Apparently I’m not up on the injury report. Buddy shot me a text. “Is JvR hungover from the Jay Z and Kanye concert last night?” Touche, my friend.
Tomorrow marks another Friday edition of Flyer-side chat. Be sure to check it out late tomorrow afternoon.
Lets Go Flyers!
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