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Considering all the offensive talent the Flyers possess, Philadelphia's power play has been a colossal disappointment through the season's first two weeks.
Despite being tied with the Vancouver Canucks for the most man-advantage opportunities to date (37), Philly has posted a pedestrian five power-play conversions so far.
Among the 30 NHL clubs, that 13.5 percent man-advantage percentage ranks 23rd overall and simply isn't good enough for a team that sends out the likes of Giroux, Briere, Simmonds, Voracek, Timonen and company when skating with the extra attacker.
Philadelphia's power play has already failed to convert in three games so far (all losses) and has managed multiple man-advantage markers just once this season.
What's worse, the Flyers are coming up empty on the power play in critical moments of games.
In the season opener, Philly had three power-play chances in the opening frame and failed to capitalize on any of them, as Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead. Later that afternoon, with the team down by just a single goal, the Flyers had two man-advantage opportunities in the third period and failed to make good on either one.
More recently, Philadelphia enjoyed a 1-0 first period lead in Tampa Bay on Sunday and was presented with a four-minute power play after a trio of silly penalties by the Lightning's B.J. Crombeen. The Flyers proceeded to do absolutely nothing with that prolonged man-advantage, shifting the momentum back in Tampa's favor en route to a 5-1 loss.
Traditionally, teams don't practice special teams a lot, particularly at the beginning of the season.
But with how vital power-play opportunities are proving to be (161 of the league's 510 goals scored to date are power-play goals), maybe Coach Laviolette and the Flyers should brush up on their skills with the man-advantage.