Allow me, for a minute, to draw a parallel. Another hockey team in a rut has forced its head coach to change the lines on a nightly basis.
"Truth be told, [coach] is doing what every coach would do. He feels he has to fix the problems, so he starts trying all sorts of new ways to fix the problems. The irony is that last season when the team was playing well, he seemed to leave the lineup alone, creating a calm consistency..."
"Most would feel this lineup, on paper, would be better."
In 2009, the Los Angeles Kings selected Brayden Schenn with their first round pick. Formerly a star with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings, and brother of highly-touted defensive prospect Luke, who was picked a year prior, Schenn possessed different kinds of skills that would encapsulate a top pick.
"When [scouts] talk about a comparable player in the National Hockey League, think Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers," TSN's Bob McKenzie said moments after the pick. "This guy is a complete package in terms of being a prototypical second line pro center in the National Hockey League who can do everything. Offense, defense, and most importantly, winning hockey."
Fast forward to 2014. After scoring his first NHL goal at the 2012 Winter Classic, and completing his first 20-goal campaign, the now-23-year-old centerman has accumulated 94 points in his 204 games.Those numbers are good for a 0.46 points per game rate.
The bad luck continues in Tampa for the the Flyers.
Philadelphia came up just short in its quest to snap a long losing streak at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Lightning held off the Flyers in the third to win 4-3, extending their seven-game home winning streak against the Flyers.
Steven Stamkos was as dangerous as he's ever been, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Valtteri Filppula picked up three assists for the Lightning.
The Hawks will face the Flyers for the first time this season, and the seasons couldn’t have started differently for the two teams.
The Flyers won their first game of the season just three days ago, finishing a dramatic comeback against the Dallas Stars in overtime thanks to captain Claude Giroux, but their record is still just 1-2-2, which has them sitting at seventh in the Metropolitan division and tied for thirteenth in th...
After the last two overtime losses for the Flyers left them with frustrations in the skills competition, they were looking at a potential third straight shootout. But Claude Giroux scored 2 minutes, 49 seconds into overtime, completing a comeback 6-5 win.
It was the first win of the season for the Flyers. They avoided going winless in the first five games of the season for just the third time in franchise history with the win.
The Flyers are 0-2 in shootouts this season, but at least now they're finally getting points.
The Flyers squandered a late game-tying goal by Jakub Voracek with their second straight shootout loss, this time to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 at home on Tuesday. It's their fourth straight loss, bringing their record to 0-2-2.
A late goal by Chris Kelly spoiled a fantastic goaltending performance by Steve Mason, leading to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener.
In the first regular season game of the first year of his contract extension, Mason was nearly flawless. He stopped 31 of 33 shots, including several key stops. If the Flyers were to have won, perhaps a luxurious steak dinner was in his future due to his role in this game.
The Flyers are going to rely on a balanced offense this season with the woes coming on the back-end. How fast the offense can start up this season will be key.
The first month of the season won’t be easy either. The Flyers begin their first week with back-to-back games in Boston on Wednesday and home on Thursday against New Jersey. The rest of the month is harder than running the gauntlet with games against Montreal, Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay. On the Devils didn’t make the playoffs last season, but were in the Stanley Cup Final two years ago.