Flyers Hit New Low Over Weekend, Where Do They Go From Here?
Friday night against the Washington Capitals was easily one of the most embarrassing games played by a group of players to put on the orange and black.
In a game where the ultimately lost 7-0, throw in a line brawl, including Ray Emery absolutely destroying Braden Holtby and 99 total penalty minutes, the Philadelphia Flyers franchise reached a new low.
Now I won’t post the video of the brawl as fellow Wooder Cooler contributor Vince Quinn has done so in his article.
The question that must be asked after the whole ordeal is where will the Flyers go from this point. They won the following night in New Jersey, 1-0 and Ray Emery had the start and turned away all 14 shots he faced.
I believe following 99 total penalty minute night, Head Coach Craig Berube got to the Flyers on being disciplined, posting just 10 minutes of penalties against New Jersey.
My own hope is that Flyers fans that continue to follow this team with blind loyalty finally realize and understand how far behind the times this franchise has become. Which I’ve already partially discussed in my last article but honestly if Friday night against Washington didn’t open fans’ eyes, I’m not sure what will.
But where does this franchise go from this low point?
Hopefully no where but up. The win in New Jersey definitely helps but clearly more work needs to be done.
The team needs to remain consistent on the discipline. Despite the penalty kill working at 84.2% and 10th in the league, they need to be kept off the ice as much as possible.
Prior to Friday night the team was only shorthanded a combined 7 times over the 3 previous games, They were shorthanded 7 times against Washington and 5 times against New Jersey.
The team is a frustrating bunch to watch to say the least for fans, boiling over as well in the Washington game with chants of “Fire Homer” in reference to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
As a fan base, I believe the base is turning the “blind loyalty” into frustration and anger toward a front office that is reluctant to a new NHL.
It’s a turn for the better in my opinion this team needs a serious wake up call, if a front office won’t do it themselves maybe the fan base can do it.
Flyers (4-9-0) are back on the ice Tuesday against the Hurricanes (4-7-3) in Carolina.
- Ray Emery’s Shameless Goonery Plummets Flyers to Rock Bottom (thewoodercooler.com)
- Flyers-Capitals Line Brawl Shows ‘3rd Man into Fight’ Rule Needs Addressing (bleacherreport.com)
- NHL: No hearing scheduled for Emery after Holtby fight (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)