Philadelphia came to Chicago tonight looking for a game against one of the league’s top teams to use as a measuring stick for their own success. After an embarrassing 7-2 thumping by the Hawks, they may want to reconsider that statement. 13 Blackhawk players would finish the game with at least a point, and Antti Raanta finished with a .933 SV%, proving yet again that he is a very capable goaltender. Ray Emery, who started against his former team, would allow six goals on 18 shots.
The game got off to a rough start right away, when Sheldon Brookbank and Wayne Simmonds dropped the glove a...
Behind another strong performance by Steve Mason and an offensive outburst, the Flyers were able to extend their point streak to five games and have now collected 12 of 16 possible points in their last eight games.
In fact, since the disastrous 7-0 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Nov. 1, the Flyers have gone 5-1-2 and now sit just two points back from what would have them in playoff positioning.
(Photo: The Flyers celebrate Kimmo Timonen's first goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner in the third period. Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Kimmo Timonen had been the "Finnish Warrior," the "Finnish God of Defense," and the "Man Made of Steel" for six seasons in Philadelphia.
This season marks his seventh with the Flyers, and many nicknames of praise are being removed with each passing game.
Timonen remains pointless and the qualities that once defined his game have been absent through 10 games. His power play failures, skating difficulties, and a lack of ability to make the right plays have been uncharacteristic.
There is no way to sugar coat it: Kimmo Timonen looks bad.
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.)
The Philadelphia Flyers will have quite the balance of experience and youth on their blue line this season.
With players ranging from 23 years-old all the way to 38, the mix of veteran prowess and future promise hopes to be the perfect combination for a turnaround season.
One of the more controversial contracts this year is that of 38-year-old Kimmo Timonen.
Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal can easily be considered a mistake when given to someone his age, but what Timonen brings to the table every season is irreplaceable. While his game may not be the same as it was three years ago, he can still be argued as the best defenseman in Philadelphia.
(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (front) is the unquestioned leader of the unit whereas Luke Schenn (back) is the future. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)