Orange & Black Breakdown
by Vindisi on 04/21/12 at 10:04 PM ET
First thing I think of when last night’s Flyers game comes to mind is “what if”. They played great for 2 thirds of the game, but their second period was atrocious. There are two prevalent reasons that come to mind when explaining last nights 2nd period meltdown:
1) Flyers let their foot off the gas pedal
2) Penguins took their level of play to a new level
But I’m going to hit on my 2 KEY reason for the Flyers loss last night after the jump
1) Management’s decision to play Kubina AND Lilja. You can’t have two sloths playing against this team. They were lit up on Wednesday’s game when we had last change. What’s going to happen when they have last change?
2) Lavvy’s decision to shorten the bench in the 2nd period. Way too early. We were playing scared. This coming from the same guy who loves to play with JAM and claims that we aren’t a conservative team. Sounds contradictory, no?
Lavvy and Homer are searching for answers
Let me hit you with some eye popping ice time
That is unheard of for one let alone 2 D-men play 30 minutes. To put it into perspective, Suter and Weber played 27 minutes last night. Lavvy got too gunshy way too early with his troops and thus left his two horses gasping for air at the end of the game when you truly needed them.
They need to scratch one of the useless pylons on defense. Kubina preferably as I made mention in my playoff preview that his lack of foot speed will be magnified against the quick forwards on the Penguins. Dress Manning. Play one of your forwards in a Sami Kapanen type role (thinking Wellwood or Voracek). This will help you immensely to play a full 60 minutes. Be proactive, not reactive.
Also, people pinpoint Carle as terrible, but you play that many minutes you are bound to make a mistake here and then. Don’t get me wrong, I’m Matt Carle’s biggest critic because he seems to make that big gaff that always ends up in the back of the net. But at some point, people have to realize that he’s playing top line minutes for these Flyers. His 1 gaff a game is way better than 5 gaffs a game in half the time.
‘J-V-R’ chants will reverberate through Fargo tomorrow. Mark it down
Lets Go Flyers!
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