Welcome once again to 3-on-3, where we take a statistical look at the Philadelphia Flyers and their performance for the past week.
The Fly Guys won 3 out of 4 games last week , getting 6 out of a possible 8 points, good enough to gain a share of first place in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh. Let’s see who were this week’s “hot” and “not” Flyers:
- Matt Read – The young rookie from Bemidji State University continues to position himself as a rookie of the year candidate. He scored 5 goals and added an assist in 4 games, including 2 game winning goals. Read is also a plus 6, tied for 3rd best on the team. His play has impressed the coaches so much, he was getting time on the first line with the absence of Jaromir Jagr. Read has been a pleasant surprise and a great free agent pickup last year by GM Paul Holmgren.
- Claude Giroux – Giroux continued to make a case for Hart Trophy consideration with another outstanding week. His 2 goals and 5 assists keep him in second place in scoring in the NHL with 26 points, 3 behind Phil Kessel of Toronto. As “G” goes , so do the Flyers. He is becoming a leader on the ice, filling the void left by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
- Ilya Bryzgalov — Things continue to get better for “Bryz” as he won both of his starts last week and allowed 3 goals in 2 games. His GAA is down to 2.65 and he continues to improve with each passing game. His save percentage is also a whopping .973% while shorthanded, which is spectacular. I would look for Ilya to get more work as the season progresses as he has not played in a back to back yet this year.
- Lack of discipline – The Flyers continue to lead the league in minor penalties taken with 97 and it has placed a lot of unnecessary strain on the penalty kill and has limited ice time for certain players like Jagr, who does not play on the PK. Going forward, they need to tighten up their play and not take bad penalties. If they can play at even strength,they can beat any team in the NHL.
- Penalty Kill – I know the PK unit had killed off 34 of 35 power plays against going into Saturday, but they imploded against the Jets allowing 3 power play goals in a 6-4 loss. Hopefully it was just an aberration and the PK unit will bounce back this week.
- Sergei Bobrovsky – Although he has little help on Saturday,”Bob” did allow a soft goal in the first period on a stoppable shot by Brian Little to make the game 2-0. He did his best to keep the Flyers in the game, but he needs to make a big save and stop the momentum sometimes.
Well,that’s all for this week’s 3-on-3. Join me next week when we look back at another busy week for the Orange and Black with 4 contests on the slate.