0-3-3, not how the Flyers expected to start the season coming off an appearance in the conference finals last season.
4-0-0, now wait a second here, that's the Flyers record in the last 4 games, 2 against the division opponent New Jersey Devils.
Now it's time for the Flyers to decide which team they are going to play like the rest of the season.
To start this season, this Flyers defense was awful, giving up at least 3 goals a game and 3 games allowing 5 goals. Now all of a sudden they decided to start playing, and in the last four games have not allowed more than 3 goals, recording their first shut out of the season, against the Thrashers Tuesday night.
Luca Sbisa, the 18 year old Flyer rookie defenseman, is starting off his time with the Flyers very well. He is shooting the puck, coming up in the zone, and playing defenders very well. He also is helping out in goals scored as he is 9th on the team right now in points with his 5 assists.
Joffrey Lupol also now is starting to perform like he was expected. After not being able to put a goal in the first 5 games, he is now starting to get it going, with 5 goals in the last 5 games.
Coburn and Timonen are proving themselves to be the dominant defense men again this season obviously. They aren't be paired much anymore on the ice, giving way to them being able to help the other defenders out.
Martin Biron may be finally finding that groove he had in the post-season last year, as he is looking to get back to his normal form. In his last 3 starts he has been able to hold up well, and even help keep the puck out of the net for 2 overtime victories.
The Flyers right now are first in the NHL in shorthanded goals. They so far have 5 of them and they are only in the beginning of the season.
The Flyers right now after only 10 games have endured a roller coaster ride. They were down to the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and were looking at possibilities of new coaching even. Now with those 4 wins they find themselves 9th in the standings, starting to get back in the mix of things here.
If the Flyers want to be able to keep this streak going and keep themselves in any sort of playoff hunt later in the season, they need to continue to play solid defense. Allowing 5 or 6 goals a game is unacceptable for any game.
With the Rangers being so good right now, the Flyers can't waste time fixing their errors anymore if they want to be in serious contention for the division.
They key games for the rest of the season will be the division games. If they can go above .500 in divisional games for the season I think they can make the playoffs still.
So, these Flyers may be finally righting the ship after a slow start, and could make a serious push for the top of the standings soon if they can keep up this solid play all around.