Miscommunication is killing this team right now. The defenders don't know when to play the puck or leave it. In his post-game interview, Ilya Bryzgalov more than alluded to the fact he and his defense-men are not on the same page.
That's a big reason we saw nine goals against in two games. Right now as things are its bad this is happening but in a way good.
These regular season games count but its not the end of the world to lose a few right now.
Aside from not knowing what call is what, the defensemen are screening their goalie, blocking his view of the puck.
Against Washington at least two pucks went in off the defenders sticks. Furthermore, the defenseman need to adapt to playing with a goalie like Bryzgalov. They are used to goalies of previous seasons whom they basically had to not let shots get to.
In Bryzgalov's case he's going to stop darn near everything–if he sees the shooter. Not when his own teammates have sticks up deflecting shots, which also draws penalties once they smack the other team in the face.
Additionally, defenders are not picking up opposing forwards or clearing the crease. See the picture I attached. Bryzgalov has an opposing forward in his lap while he fights off a shot and looks for a rebound.It doesn't matter if you have Patrick Roy in net, that's going to be a goal 99% of the time.
These things can be attributed to a possible tweak in scheme, or just playing with a new goalie. Whatever it is, the mistakes look elementary and should be fixed easily.
How easily and soon will it be fixed? Let us hope by mid-season. The NHL season is a marathon not a sprint.
The Flyers are struggling but as I said on the opening slide this was anticipated. No they probably won't be the top-seeded team going into the play-offs.
They are losing by way of shooting themselves in the foot and not through a lack of talent. That is what you hang your hat on right now, not pouting about what they paid Bryzgalov or that they shouldn't have traded Captain Morgan and Sea Isle Jeff.