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Flyers Fall 5-2 to Sabres: Positives and Negatives Moving Forward

Here are three positives and two negatives from the Flyers’ 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.

Positives

Ilya Bryzgalov

Tyler Ennis put the puck on net (via Sabres.com).

Ilya Bryzgalov: The Flyers didn’t put up much of a fight defensively in today’s game against Buffalo.  Bryzgalov was left with little to no help during most of the game and still managed to make some key stops. Despite a save percentage under .900 he was still solid, unlike the players in front of him. With better play by teammates Bryzgalov could see himself among the league leaders in goaltending.

Young Guys: Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier have been impressive in their first two games of the season. Laughton moves fast and isn’t afraid to get physical along the boards in fights for the puck. At points during the game it’s surprising to think of him as a rookie. You can see why Holmgren and Laviolette like his style of play. He is a hard worker and plays whistle to whistle.

Couturier also played well today, crowding the net in front of Miller and eventually netting the Flyers’ first goal on a redirect. He’s always been a great defensive forward, but he’s starting to come along offensively.

First Line PP Forwards: Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds were another bright spot of today’s game, playing together on the first power-play line. Giroux put up his second goal of the season and both played a game defensively. Giroux is setting the stage to lead by example, but all of his teammate don’t seem to be picking up on it. Hopefully with a day off they can get it together and be ready to win against the Devils.

Negatives

Defense: Play in the defensive zone has been atrocious. They allow the opposition to work the puck far too much in their zone and pay for it after they are left tired and scrambled. Saw too many times where the Flyers were caught of guard despite having a numerical advantage which led to open shots for the Sabres.

Penalty Kill: The penalty kill was the worst part of today’s game. They took bad penalties that would’ve been avoided if they were in position. Luke Schenn is a prime example of this. He took a tripping call after letting a forward get around him. The Flyers went on the penalty kill, played poorly in their zone, and paid the price when Buffalo scored three times.

If the Flyers really want to contend this season they need improve play n their zone, fix the penalty kill, and get everyone on track for the season.

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Categories: Editorial, Flyers

Author:Daniel Blanchard

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