Teamís Offense, not Coaching, the Problem in Philadelphia
The team went ahead and fired Laviolette and replaced him with assistant coach Craig Berube. The organization figured that under Berube, the team’s play would shape up in a hurry and the club would get back on track.
Well, three games into Berube’s tenure, nothing has changed for the Broadstreet Bullies. In fact, it could even be said that things have gotten worse.
Through the Flyers’ first six games, the team is 1-5 and looks like a club that will not be going anywhere this season. If you are a Flyers’ fan, this is something that you are not used to given the amount of success the team has had over the regular season in the last decade or so.
Much of that success was due to the team’s firepower on offense. With guys like Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, James van Riemsdyk, Daniel Briere, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, pucks used to go in left and right for the Flyers.
This season, however, has been a much different story. The team has just eight goals through the team’s first six games.
The first reason for this has been a lack of chemistry. None of the Flyers’ offensive lines appear to be working and that is something that can seen clearly with missed passes, guys not being in the right scoring position and just a lack of confidence on the ice.
Secondly, the Flyers’ offense just is not what it used to be. Yes, Claude Giroux is one of the league’s best players but is he someone that is going to score a lot of goals for this particular Flyers’ team?
In looking at guys around Giroux, there does not seem to be much firepower. Yes, the team has the likes of Vincent Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell, Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and some solid youngsters but when it comes to goal scoring, no one is sure just how many goals each of these guys can score on a Flyers’ team such as this one.
Lastly, some of the team’s offensive youngsters might not be progressing like they should be. In the Flyers’ case, we are talking about the likes of Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
Through the team’s first six games, the two have combined for just two assists (both by Couturier) and are also a combined -4. At both 20 and 27 years of age, respectively, and with a few years as a Flyer under their built, Couturier and Read need to step up on offense in a hurry.
If a team cannot put the puck in the net on a consistent basis, they are not going to win hockey games. That is simply the case with the Flyers right now.