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Jackets Feeling Blue After Facing Flyers…

Philadelphia FlyersFlyers 9 - Jackets 2 Obviously, things went well for the Philadelphia Flyers last night playing the Columbus Blue Jackets. Yes, the Flyers did a great job scoring, passing and winning a couple fights to boot. But, to me, the story of the night is how poorly the Jackets have played. They came into Philly with a 2-10 record and left with a 2-11 record. It looks like they’ve lost faith in their coach or the system he uses.

You have to feel bad for the likes of Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, RJ Umberger, Derek Dorsett and Jackets goalie Steve Mason among others. There is definetly a change waiting to happen with the Jackets. I understand the GM said the coaches are staying and have no worry of losing their jobs. I for one don’t believe that.. The owner will only put up with that for so long. One bright thing about losing a game to such a lopsided score is simply it magnifies the issues at hand. Rich Nash is an awesome player, but they were so out of sync on the ice that Nash at one point went end to end with zero help from teammates. Give Derek Dorsett credit for engaging Wayne Simmonds in a fight to get his team’s blood flowing. This is a fight he decidedly lost too. Cody Bass of the Jackets fought Zac Rinaldo and was seen animatedly calling his team out to get them going, even enough that he hit one of his teammates on the bench on his way up the tunnel. It was just too little too late. The score only amplified the issues the Jackets are having. Being a good NHL fan, I can only hope that change will come sooner, rather than later. I’d never wish anyone out of a job, but change is definetly needed here. The Jackets have only made the post season one time in their 10yr(or so) existence. Time for some changes so pride can be built back into this team.

Some Flyers highlights and lowlights from the game. Highlights have got to be Jake Vorachek having a great showing against his former team and former coach, who came out with some negative comments about Vorachek after they didn’t make the playoffs last season. Vorachek had a goal and two assists. He kept his comments to himself when asked if it felt great to beat his old team and his former coach. He said he’s done commenting on his former coaches comments and he was glad his team won. Probably the biggest lowlight the last few games is the cement hockey stick Matt Carle has been playing with lately. Yes, he scored on a nice backhander to the penthouse, but his passes up the middle and turnovers are so uncharacteristic of the former Hobey Baker award winner. I think when his partner Pronger comes back he will settle down. The other lowlight is how many times we have had goals scored on us by way of oddball deflections off our own players.

Kick Saves…
Flyers captain Chris Pronger was medically cleared for practice, on the condition he wear a visor. He has been wearing a visor and recently joined his teammates in full practice. He’s expected to play Wednesday against Tampa Bay Lightning.

Flyers scored a power play goal last night. They also seemed to do better on defensive faceoffs. Bryz looks much more at ease in the crease than he had previously. I like that he gets angry when scored on, he cares…

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