After the Philadelphia Flyers lost their 8th straight game, GM Chuck Fletcher decided to make a change. A change that came at the expense of head coach Alain Vigneault & assistant coach Michel Therrien.
At the time of the change, the Flyers were playing their worst hockey of the season. Averaging just 1.7 goals per game over their previous 13-games.
Since Mike Yeo was promoted to interim head coach, the Flyers have been playing much better hockey.
“I have a vision in my head of what it looks like and there are times where you see a lot of progress,” Mike Yeo said after the Flyers 4-3 win vs Ottawa. “There are parts of the game that we are trying to build as habits. But, some of it is a mindset that we have to continue to work on.”
Yeo continued with “there is times where it slips. I think when we start to see more consistency from game to game and shift to shift that is when you are going to know it’s there.”
Last night’s 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators was the perfect example that the Flyers still have work to do.
After taking a 2-0 lead and completely dominating the 1st period, the Flyers fell back into their former shell. A shell that saw the Senators do exactly what the Flyers did to them in the 1st period.
“We started the game playing very well,” Claude Giroux said. “Then they took over. We took our foot off the gas and they came back.”
Giroux added “in general, offense, defense, we’re still trying to work on our game and we know we can play better. We just got to keep communicating and keep working together and hopefully wins are going to come with that.”
Through that communication & hard work, the wins have been coming for the Flyers.
Currently, after losing 10-straight games, the Flyers have point in their last five-games. Four of which are wins. All of which coming in different fashions.
While the Flyers aren’t close to perfect just yet, the small things are starting to come back. Things that were causing them tremendous amounts of trouble during their 10-game losing streak.
“We are playing better as a team right now,” Oskar Lindblom said. “Today (4-3 win vs Ottawa) wasn’t our best game. But, still found our way to get back and get two points. That’s the important part.”
Lindblom continued with “after that 10-game losing streak you have to do something. And ,I think we are way better.”
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