3 on 3 for the week of 12.18.2011

Welcome to 3-on-3,where we look back on the the week that was for the Philadelphia Flyers from a statical point of view.
The Orange and Black went 2-1 last week, watching their seven-game winning streak come to an end against the Bruins, but maintaining the overall lead in the Eastern Conference with 43 points. A rash of concussions to key players like Claude Giroux and Chris Pronger has forced other players to step up and contribute. Let’s get to this week’s “hot” and “not”:

 

3 “hot”:

  1. Wayne Simmonds — The 23-year-old right wing had a good week, scoring two goals. That ties him for fifth on the team in goals with nine and tenth in overall scoring with 15 points. Simmonds was an even plus minus for the week, which wasn’t easy considering the 6-0 beating the Bruins laid on the Flyers Saturday afternoon. Wayne will need to keep producing as he will continue to get power play time in the absence of Giroux.
  2. Max Talbot — Max is having a career year, already matching last year’s goal total in only 30 games. He scored two goals and was a plus-2 for the week. Talbot is tied with Simmonds with 15 points on the season and continues his strong penalty killing work as well. His relative Corsi is sixth best on the team at 5.3, showing his strong two way play. Talbot will need to keep chipping in until the Flyers can get healthy.
  3. Matt Carle — Matt had five assists last week, putting him ninth on the team in scoring with 18 points (second among defensemen behind Kimmo Timonen) and a plus-3 for the week. His minutes and responsibility will increase with Chris Pronger being out indefinitely and he will need to be a steadying force for the younger players like Kevin Marshall and Marc-Andre Bourdon.

3 ”not”:

  1. James van Riemsdyk — “JVR” had an OK week, with two assists against Washington, but he needs to step up and start scoring more goals in Giroux’s absence. He disappears at times and needs to be more consistent night in and night out. He can be a dominant player at times, but he needs to learn how to be that player more often.
  2. The first period Saturday — After seven wins in a row, the Flyers were due for a bad game and they had it against the defending Stanley Cup champs, giving up four goals in the first period alone. They were flat and looked disinterested. The game got nasty later on but the Flyers couldn’t solve Tim Thomas to get on the scoreboard.
  3. Injuries — The Flyers had a brutal week when it came to injuries. Chris Pronger has been ruled out for the season, Claude Giroux is out indefinitely although he did practice today in Denver with the team and Sean Couturier is out with a head injury after being hit in the back of the head with a Timonen shot. The good news is the Flyers have had scoring depth throughout their lineup all season, so if they can weather the storm until Giroux can come back they should remain on course.

That’s all for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we look back on a three-game road stretch at Colorado, Dallas and New York against the Rangers (I will attend the game at MSG).