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Flyers Making Due With "Patchwork Defense"

“Patchwork” may not be the nicest word to use to describe Philadelphia’s defensive situation right now, but it is the most appropriate.

After last night’s 4-2 win at home over division rival New York, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette was asked a question that was worded in a way which Laviolette had to point out.

"They probably wouldn’t like to be called that, if I was guessing," Laviolette said when asked about his “patchwork defense,” drawing some laughs from the reporters after the game.

He was quick to follow with praise for some of the guys stepping in at the most desperate of times.

(Pictured: Kimmo Timonen (left) and Luke Schenn (right) during warm-ups. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Huskins Has Concussion; Manning, Konan Recalled

The Flyers blue line suffered another casualty as this forgettable 2013 campaign winds down.

Recently acquired defenseman Kent Huskins suffered a concussion in yesterday's 7-3 win in Montreal. Montreal's Ryan White came in high on Huskins, connecting with the shoulder and leaving Huskins dazed on the ice.

Immediately after the hit, Kurtis Foster jumped in and wrestled White to the ice. White was hit with a five minute major for fighting and a match penalty for deliberate injury.

Gervais, Gustafsson Making the Most of Playing Time

Many people have expressed concern with the defense of the Flyers this season.

It’s one of many concerns fans have when it comes to this team. Unfortunately, controversial offseason acquisitions and an injury to Andrej Meszaros have complicated things.

The third pairing for the Flyers is currently Bruno Gervais and Erik Gustafsson.

If it were up to the fans, Gervais would have never come to Philadelphia and Gustafsson would have been in the lineup all season. But agree or disagree with the signing, it happened, and Peter Laviolette can only play the guys that he has.

But when you actually think about it, things are not as bad as they seem. Let’s take a look at the two main concerns of fans right now.

(Pictured: Erik Gustafsson takes down NJ's Adam Henrique in last year's playoffs. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Panic Time or Stay the Course: Evaluating the Numbers One Third of the Way

Six wins, nine regulation losses, one shootout loss, 13 points. That’s where the Flyers stand one third of the way through the season. The record is not very good, but is the team bad or are they going through bad luck? Digging into the numbers suggests it is a bit of both.

Brayden Schenn Breaks Out With Three-Point Game

It had been a pretty quiet season for Brayden Schenn thus far through the first quarter of the shortened year.

But finally, the younger Schenn brother broke out for his first mult-point game of the year. His goal and two assists lead the Flyers past the Hurricanes in a 4-3 overtime win.

(Pictured: Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek celebrate after Schenn's goal. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Fist Pump: Danny Briere Wins It In OT For Flyers

Poor play in the third period almost cost the Flyers two points once again.

This time, Danny Briere came to rescue of those points, beating Cam Ward in overtime to send the Flyers to a 4-3 win over Carolina. It was their fourth straight game earning a point, going 3-0-1 on the four-game home stand.

It was also the second straight game the Flyers spend in overtime, having lost to the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

The Flyers were able to end it before they got to the shootout this time. Briere broke into the zone and skated across the slot, faking a pass to Kurtis Foster before squeezing the wrister through Ward's legs to win the game.

(Picture: Matt Read celebrates after scoring in the second period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Failure to Develop a Blue Line May Have Cost the Flyers JvR

Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.

All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.

In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.

(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Flyers Score Three Power Play Goals in Win

It was no secret the Flyers were having problems on special teams.

Heading into Saturday's game against Carolina, the Flyers power play was 24th in the league at 12.5% (5-for-40). They improved upon that number, going 3-for-3 in their 5-3 win over the Hurricanes.

Kurtis Foster, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux all earned tallies on the power play. For Foster and Briere, those were their first goals of the season while Giroux's goal was his first in nine days.

They weren't getting goals easy though. Most of their power play chances ended in frustration as they could neither bury or set up quality scoring chances.

(Pictured: Claude Giroux celebrates with Tye McGinn and Danny Briere after scoring. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Flyers Powerplay, Bryzgalov Come Alive In 5-3 Win Over Carolina

The Flyers were a dismal 5-for-40 on the powerplay heading into the game, good for 24th in the league at 12.5%.

That number increased after the Flyers' offensive outburst with the man advantage and it helped them snap a three-game losing streak with their 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.

The Flyers went 3-for-3 on the power play, by far their best special teams effort of the season.

(Pictured: Kurtis Foster celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Andrej Meszaros to Miss At Least a Month With Shoulder Injury

The buzz from last night's win has officially worn off.

Another Flyers went down after last night's game, and this time it's at the blue line. Andrej Meszaros is expected to miss at least a month with a left shoulder injury.

Meszaros injured his shoulder in the second period against the Rangers. He walked up the tunnel in obvious pain and did not return to the game.

(Photo: Andrej Meszaros sends a puck into the Rangers zone vs New York. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)