Welcome to this week’s edition of 3-on -3, where we look back at the week that was for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are coming off a disappointing week in which they were 1-2-1 in four games and were only able to get three out of a possible eight points. Let’s get to this week’s 3 “hot” and 3 “not” players.
- Wayne Simmonds: The former second-round pick of the LA Kings had a good week lighting the lamp, scoring 4 goals in four games and setting a new career high in the process with 17 goals on the year. That puts Simmonds third on the Flyers in goals and sixth in over scoring with 31 points. I doubt many people would have predicted that Simmonds would have more goals and points than the former Flyers captain, Mike Richards, at this point of the year.
- Claude Giroux: Giroux has regained his scoring touch after going 12 games without a goal, he had two in the four games along with three assists for five points. This keeps “G” in the thick of the overall NHL scoring race, his 60 points only one behind the league leader, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Giroux continues to have a great season and should be adding some hardware to his trophy case as a result.
- Brayden Schenn: The other main piece of the Mike Richards trade also paid dividends this past week, scoring two goals and adding a helper in four contests. Hopefully, the young rookie can continue to stay healthy and progress into the player that many believe he can be, adding yet another weapon to an already deep forward unit.
- Andrej Meszaros: The former first-round pick in the 2004 draft was a minus-4 in the four games last week and did not register a point. His failure to mark Marian Gaborik after crushing him with a big hit allowed Gaborik to score a backbreaking goal late in the second period Sunday against the Rangers. Meszaros is now an even plus/minus player for the season and his relative Corsi of -2.8 is third worst among Flyer defensemen. Andrej needs to be consistent and steady in his own end if the Flyers are going to have any chance in the playoffs.
- Matt Carle: Although he had three helpers in four games, Carle was an overall minus-3 in four games, including Sunday when he was a minus-4 against NY. His costly give away in the third period led to a Brandon Dubinsky goal, which sealed the game for the Rangers. Carle needs to step up in big games and assume some of the responsibility that Chris Pronger had before his season ending injury.
- Scott Hartnell: The all-star forward had a rough four games, posting only two assists. Hartnell was also a minus-4 overall, getting benched for part of the Rangers game in the first period and only playing 15:34 overall.Scott admitted he needed to start better; “I didn’t have the best start myself,” Hartnell said. “[Peter Laviolette] was probably playing the guys that were playing. I have to be better right off the bat. I have to play better for ‘G’, for Jags, for the team. I’m a veteran guy. I have to be prepared.”*
Well, that does it for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we look back on three home games against the Islanders, Leafs and Rangers.
* – Quote is from Frank Seravalli’s Philly.com article from Monday, February 6.