When you think of starting goalies in the NHL, what do you picture? A seasoned veteran like Henrik Lundqvist or Martin Brodeur? Maybe a rookie who impressed a team so much that he dethroned said veteran? Well to the Flyers currently, they picture a potential record in their future.
The Starting Goalies
The Flyers have used Elliot, Neuvirth, Mrazek for five seconds, Stolarz, Lyon, and now Mike McKenna. As a result, McKenna now makes seven starting goalies, tying the Quebec Nordiques of the 89-90 season. Coincidentally, this means that Head Coach Scott Gordon’s name will be tied to both records. He was actually a contributing goalie to the record the Nordiques posted. Finishing with a 2-8 record, you have to wonder if there is a trend with the former Islanders Coach.
So what does this all mean?
With the Flyers office and coaching changes, a recent losing streak, and now going through seven goalies in a season, it seems as the boys are letting the season slip before its even over. Additionally, they are talking about potential trades of our most beloved players. Wayne Simmonds being at the forefront of that conversation, you have to question if they are making a big mistake. Personally, I say the problem isn’t between the pipes, it’s between the blue line. Countless times I have seen the forwards drive the puck in only to lose control the minute they get beyond the line.
A quick fix
I feel like currently, the flyers are writing the season off as a loss already and it makes no sense. I would think, after changing all that you have, this season would be one to beat the odds and play the hardest you can. However, my solution to this problem is simple. Just because you let more goals in than the other team and lose does not make it a goalie problem necessarily. If work on puck control and offensive rushes, you can easily solve the problem.
Its a lot harder for a team to win from their defensive zone, and if the Flyers work on that, they can easily get out of this slump. The number of starting goalies in one season may be a record in reach. However, I see it as a band-aid solution. For instance, If the O-line lets the defense in the backfield, the QB’s numbers will look bad. If his numbers look bad, he is a bad QB. That’s what is happening now.
Its a lot harder for a team to win from their defensive zone, and if the Flyers work on that, they can easily get out of this slump. The number of starting goalies in one season may be a record in reach. However, I see using all these goalies as a band-aid solution. If the O-line lets the defense in the backfield, the QB’s numbers will look bad. If his numbers look bad, he is a bad QB to the fans and Coach.
That’s what is happening now. If you keep surrounding the Goalie for 49 minutes of a 60-minute game, eventually the opposition will find a hole. Furthermore, if you can’t answer the points put up, you won’t be able to win. Still, seven starting goalies in a single season is a funny record to have.
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