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Flyers Need To Carry Momentum Over Into Big Weekend

A lot could change for the Flyers this weekend.

They’ll face the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and the New York Rangers on Sunday, and both games may have a major impact on the team in the standings.

If Philadelphia pulls off a weekend sweep of both of their division rivals, they could end up sitting atop the Eastern Conference by Sunday evening.

They haven’t been in that position since December 22.

Bryz takes step in right direction

It wasn’t pretty, but pretty doesn’t get you points.

While the Philadelphia Flyers were only able to take away one point from Tuesday night’s less than thrilling shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets, one was a number they were happy to see.

As in, one goal.

In the first game back from the All-Star break, Ilya Bryzgalov managed to walk away from Tuesday night’s game having only allowed one goal in 65 minutes of play.

For Bryzgalov, a player who most will agree has largely struggled over the past month, the ability to hold an opponent to a single goal is a step in the right direction.

Second half provides a 'fresh' start for Bryz

The first half of the season did not go the way Ilya Bryzgalov hoped it would.

In the first 48 games of his nine-year contract, Bryzgalov failed to display the attributes that earned him $51 million and the trust of the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

The main purpose in signing the 31-year old Russian was to stabilize the most inconsistent position in the history of the storied franchise.

The result has been any thing but.

No questions about Bob

It’s been obvious for a while now.

Unfortunately, it has tended to spark debate rather than praise but either way it’s undeniable.

Sergei Bobrovsky is the best goaltender on the Philadelphia Flyers right now.

While it doesn’t mean that it will always be that way or that his colleague Ilya Bryzgalov won’t surpass him at some point this season, it does mean that Bobrovsky is performing at optimal level.

In Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers this fact was made abundantly clear.

Flyers Break Shootout Win Drought, Take Down Panthers 3-2

The Flyers have finally broken the shootout victory drought.

In a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t allow the opposing team a goal in the shootout, and Claude Giroux scored the winner on his team’s second attempt.

It was the fourth game this season, and the second in a row, where the outcome of a Flyers game was decided in the shootout.

As he has in so many games this season, Sergei Bobrovsky came up big in this one.

Trap Game or Not, Flyers Failed

Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers lost 4-1 at home against the New York Islanders for the first time in seven seasons.

Tuesday, the team defeated Minnesota at home, 5-1. Saturday, they travel New Jersey to face the Devils. Sunday, they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Sounds like the Islanders game was what some refer to as a 'trap game', right?

Wrong.

In the first period last night, the Flyers played like garbage and luckily, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky kept them in the game. It could have been a trap game then, as they were sleep-skating on the ice, with no purpose.

Flyers needed more backbone in their backcheck

It doesn’t look good.

When a 4-1 final flashes on the screen, it’s evident that something went wrong.

Especially when it comes to the Philadelphia Flyers.

In recent weeks, the goaltending and defense have come under a great deal of scrutiny. At first glance, it appears as though that was the case on Thursday night.

However, the Flyers inability to gain two points wasn’t the fault of their goalie or their defense.

Focused primarily in the offensive zone, the team failed to adequately backcheck and as a result allowed the Islanders to generate offensive attacks in transition.

Flyers Forget to Show up in 4-1 Loss to Isles

Coming into Thursday night’s game against the Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky boasted a career record of 7-0-0 against New York’s other team.

For anyone who didn’t have a chance to watch the game, the 4-1 final score insinuates that Bobrovsky’s play was less than stellar.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, it was Bobrovsky’s play that kept the game as ‘close’ as it was.

Flyers Look To Continue Their Dominance Over The Isles

The Philadelphia Flyers (27-13-4) have lost one game at home since the turn of the new year (Winter Classic) and have won their last three home games including Tuesday's blowout of the Minnesota Wild.

Tonight they will attempt to extend their home win streak to four when face the New York Islanders (17-21-6) for the third time this season and the second in just over a week.

The Islanders are coming off a 3-0 blanking of the Washington Capitals, who managed just 17 shots.

Evgeni Nabokov earned his 51st career shutout and first as a New York Islander.

A Matter of Defense

While the Philadelphia Flyers have a successful record halfway through the season, there are still things that need to be improved upon down the stretch -- namely, defense.

The Flyers are 26-13-4 heading into their 43rd game of the season. They have the offensive depth it takes to make them Stanley Cup contenders, but a team needs to be balanced throughout the entire roster to go all the way.

The struggles of Ilya Bryzgalov in net for the Flyers has been highly publicized.

He is not playing at the level expected of him.

However, the 128 goals allowed by the Flyers so far this season have not all been Bryzgalov’s responsibility. The defense has struggled, and struggled mightily in some cases.