The Flyers started off the week well, with a win in Ottawa 7-2, but followed it up with two straight losses, a 5-2 setback to the Caps and a 4-2 decision to the Blues — both at home. The Flyers need to play better if they want to turn around this current losing streak. That being said, it is time for this week’s three stars:
- Matt Read — Read had a career-best goal and three assists in the thrashing of the Sens and has continued his solid all around play at both ends of the ice. He was held scoreless in the two losses, but was an even plus-minus player in both games, so there’s evidence that he is still being defensively responsible. The 25-year-old rookie is also winning 52 percent of his faceoffs, third-best on the team. Read also rated third on the team in scoring with 6 points in the 7 games.
- Danny Briere — Briere finally got back in the scoring column with a goal and assist against St. Louis after being held scoreless in the previous two games. His strong two way play has kept him as a plus-3 over all this season,with him being even last week. He continues to lead the team in face-off percentage with 56.7 clip after a week where he was 50 percent or greater in all three games.
- Matt Carle — The big blue-liner had a good week, with two helpers at Ottawa and a goal and against St. Louis. He was also a plus-4 overall in the three games and was second in ice time per game with 21:34. He has really turned into a very good two-way defenseman, as he is tied for 5th in scoring on the team with 5 points.
This week’s three “duds”:
- Jaromir Jagr — Jagr had a subpar week,with only a single assist in the blowout of Ottawa and was a minus-2 overall. The veteran forward has looked a step behind recently, unable to capitalize on some of the scoring changes he has had in the last few games. He still has not scored a goal this season despite playing 3:51 a game on the power play alone. All of his points have come with the man advantage. His even strength play needs to be better for the Flyers to be successful.
- Scott Hartnell – Despite having a successful night against Ottawa with 1 assist and a plus-3, Hartnell followed that up with two awful games, where he was a minus-3 against the Caps on Thursday and a minus-2 against the Blues. His blatant giveaway late in the first period allowed the Caps to score, tying the game at 1-1. His penalty on Saturday after the Flyers had scored a power-play goal to make it 3-2 put the Blues on the man advantage, on which they scored (to be fair, that goal was more on Ilya Bryzgalov and Braydon Coburn). Hartnell needs to stop turning the puck over and be smarter about the penalties he takes or his ice time will go down once again.
- James van Riemsdyk — JVR has been a minus-1 in the last three games and has seen his ice time drop from 15 to 16 minutes per game to just over 12 minutes. Coach Peter Laviolette has not been happy with JVR’s play on the puck lately and has cut his ice time as a result. It appears that the changing of lines has affected him the most, as the chemistry he had with Giroux and Jagr has waned and that line has been broken up. Hopefully, Laviolette will put them back together and they can all feed off of each other.
Well, that’s all for this week’s 3-on-3. Join me next week when we look back at 4 Flyers games this week and dive into an advanced stat, CORSI.