Very little has gone right for the Flyers and pretty much all of it culminated in Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit used three third period goals to blow by the Flyers but it was the Red Wings' first three goals that really irked head coach Craig Berube.
The first three Detroit goals came on the power play and overall they were 3-for-7 on the man advantage against the Flyers. Step back and think about that - the Flyers took seven penalties. That's a ton of penalty kill time and this was not a one-time deal either.
The Flyers' opponents have had four or more power play opportunities in the last five games topping out with Montreal's nine power plays on October 5th. Philadelphia leads the NHL with 39 minor penalties while the next closest team has only 26 minors.
Berube told Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer that they "need to stop taking penalties. It's been an issue in this organization for too long. It's got to get better." Berube is 1-2-0 since taking over for Peter Laviolette.
Berube has a legitimate gripe and it is certainly something that needs to change if the team plans on playing competitive hockey this season. Another glaring issue is their inability to score as the Flyers have not scored more than two goals in any game so far this season and have scored one goal in four of their first six games.
Let's just say finding a hole on the team is not as difficult as it should be.
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