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 very tough week, going 1-2-1 in four games, but losing two big tests against the Rangers and Red Wings. The three points the Flyers captured was just enough to keep the Orange and Black in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Let’s get to this week’s 3 “hot” and 3 “not” players of the week.
- Brayden Schenn: The 20-year-old former first round pick of the LA Kings had a good week racking up the goals, scoring three in four games. Schenn has heated up recently, upping his season goal total to eight, putting him 11th on the team in goals after being held goalless in his first eight.
- Wayne Simmonds: The “Night Train” has been rumbling lately, using his size and physical ability to create room in front of the opposition net and chaos for goalies. Simmonds accounted for a goal and two assists in the four games and was a plus-5 overall. His 34 points puts him fourth in the team in scoring.
- Scott Hartnell: The man with the best hair in hockey had another solid week, scoring a goal and having three helpers in four games. Scott also was a plus-2, putting his team leading plus/minus rating at plus-16. His relative Corsi (on ice Corsi minus off ice Corsi ) is third best on the team at 8.7.
- The Penalty Kill: The PK has been brutal as of late, giving up six goals in the last three games. You could argue the Flyers outplayed both the Rangers and Red Wings at even strength only to lose the game on special teams. If the Flyers are going to do anything in the playoffs, they need their penalty kill to be better than 19th best in the NHL.
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- Jaromir Jagr: Not to be too harsh on the Czech legend, but Jagr only has one goal in his last 16 games and is a minus-2 over that same span. He needs to start scoring more goals and be a force on the power play if he is to be truly effective for the Flyers. A hot — and fully-functional — Jagr can cure a lot of ills for the Flyers.
Well, that does it for this week’s 3-on-3, join me next week when we look back on two home contests against Buffalo and Pittsburgh.