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Philadelphia Flyers Season Preview

Philadelphia Flyers
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The Philadelphia Flyers started out hot in 2020. But like Rocky against Clubber Lang, they collapsed. The Flyers began to struggle and they couldn’t bounce back. Carter Hart was a huge part of that. More on him later. The bank wasn’t broken to make any additions. Did the Flyers do enough to improve? Will the rest of the metropolitan division be too much to handle? Let’s break it all down.

The Lines

According to Daily Faceoff, these are the lines as of right now:

First line – Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny

Second line – Joel Farabee, Kevin Hayes, Cam Atkinson

Third line – James Van Riemsdyk, Scott Laughton, Wade Allison

Fourth line – Oskar Lindblom, Nate Thompson, Nicolas Aube-Kubel

First off, the Hayes family is clearly going through a lot right now. Hopefully the Flyers start his line game one and give his brother a worthy tribute. Speaking of his line, Farabee needs to continue to progress. He has made some good strides for sure. Atkinson coming over from Columbus makes it more interesting. The fourth line will also be interesting to watch and the first line needs to keep producing. The jury is still out on the bottom six contributing to scoring regularly. Allison will now get a full time opportunity as a former second round pick.

The Defense

The defensive pairings feature some new faces and a new goalie in the rotation. Once again, we have them thanks to Daily Faceoff:

Ivan Provorov and Ryan Ellis

Travis Sanheim and Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle and Justin Braun

Goalies: Carter Hart and Martin Jones

Provorov is the clear alpha in the room. Ellis comes over from Nashville and adds more experience. Speaking of experience, look no further then iron man Yandle. The D offers a nice blend of young and old and could be a unit to watch in 2021. Hart fell apart as the season went on. However, that did not stop the Flyers for giving him an extension. Looks like they believe this was just a one year thing. When the kid is on top of his game, he’s fun to watch. Jones as a backup is a little concerning especially if he has to go in net long term. He has struggled as of late and isn’t the best option for a platoon goalie system. Overall, the metro is going to be stacked again. The Philadelphia Flyers have some tough sledding ahead of them, but doing well is certainly doable.

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