On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Flyers will take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Wells-Fargo Center. It is a big game to say the least. No, this game is not important because of some type of special event or homecoming. Rather, it's because the Flyers need to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at home.
The Ducks are coming into Philly with a 2-3-1 record and are ranked third in their division (pending the result of the Ducks' game this evening). Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan are leading the Ducks in points with 8, 6, 5 and 5, respectively. There are no surprises there. The Flyers must come back with a whole lot more effort than they did on Saturday.
The power play will be very interesting to watch for the Flyers. They have struggled this season in this aspect of their game, converting only about nine percent of their opportunities. The main thing that I have seen is the hesitation with the puck. Guys are often passing the puck around more than they are shooting. If I'm the coach, I'm preaching an all-out assault on Jonas Hiller during the PP. It's all about creating chances, chances and more chances.
The defense has been decent this season. Lots of scoring opportunities for the other team were taken away by the vigilant Flyer defensive unit. They do a great job of picking up the trash in front of the pipe. Matt Carle, however, needs to get his head out from between his legs.
Offensively, the Flyers have been playing well as always. They just have to keep doing what they are doing such as getting pucks in deep and creating plays by moving around a lot and, of course, shooting. Most of the forwards are playing up to expectation which is good.
Overall, we Philadelphia faithful need not be worried about a thing. The Flyers aren't playing poorly. They just had one bad game. Let's all just continue to support our Orange and Black through thick and thin!