The Flyers have won two straight, out-scoring their opponents 9-2 in the process. What is this sorcery you ask? It may very well be the team awaking from its slumber. What better way to test that than against the Penguins tonight on the national stage.
The Flyers had not scored three goals through their first nine games of the season.
Vincent Lecavalier scored three goals of his own on Saturday, sparking a much-needed offensive showing from a team that's struggling to light the lamp. Lecavalier's hat trick highlighted a 5-2 victory over the Islanders in New York.
It was the second straight win for the Flyers, their first consecutive victories of the season.
The Flyers have activated left winger Scott Hartnell, who is set to play against the New York Islanders on Saturday.
To make room for Hartnell on the roster and in the lineup, the Flyers have loaned left winger Tye McGinn back to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. McGinn has a team-high three goals in four games, but his ice time drastically diminished his last two games.
(Photo: Tye McGinn stretches before the Flyers' game on October 17. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)
When it was determined that Max Talbot would be a top-nine forward heading into the season-opening 3-1 loss to Toronto on October 2 there was an immediate problem with the Flyers.
No disrespect to Talbot, who is one of the hardest working penalty killers in the NHL, but he is not a third line left winger on a team that is desperately searching for a goal-scorer. And with no wiggle room under the salary cap the Flyers are finding out the hard way that no depth at forward is going to hurt them this season.
Adjustments to the new system need to be made but the Flyers pulled off the win for Craig Berube in his NHL coaching debut.
The Flyers held onto a 2-1 victory over the Panthers thanks to a fantastic effort from netminder Steve Mason. Mason stopped 33 shots in the win, which was Philadelphia's first of the season.
Berube, who also made an impressive debut in his first press conference, was blunt about the impact of the win.
"It’s over, we’re worried about practice and improving," Berube said after the game. "This is just one win and there’s plenty of games left in the season and we need to focus on winning all the games we can the rest of the season."
(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save in the first period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The start of a new season brings with it countless questions for all 30 teams.
Some questions will be answered right away while others may take all season or even longer. In Philadelphia, the Flyers are no different.
Without further ado, here are five questions facing the Flyers this 2013-14 season.
(There will be pressure on the Flyers forwards to score this season, including a repeat performance from Jakub Voracek [front] and a break out season from Matt Read [back]. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line.)