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Flyers vow to stay aggressive on PK

Nov 19, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

Steve Mason AP

The Flyers’ penalty kill got caught out of position a couple of times during Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss in Winnipeg. However, what happened versus the Jets doesn’t mean we’ll see a more patient or cautious approach should Philadelphia go shorthanded versus Ottawa tonight.

“That’s part of the point of being the penalty killers — you want to get pressure, not let them have ice, not let them set up and make plays,” Flyers forward Matt Read said, per CSN Philly. “You want to keep them to the outside and try to be on them as quick as you can. As soon as there is a fumbled puck, get on them and try to create pressure.”

The first Jets’ power-play goal, by Dustin Byfuglien, was mostly a matter of getting caught on a  poor line change.

On the second goal, also by Byfuglien, Flyers forward Adam Hall may have been guilty of over-pursuing the puck-carrier, opening up the big shot from the point.

“[Hall] was close, but not close enough there,” said Philly head coach Craig Berube. “Sometimes that’s just the way it goes on the penalty kill.”

Overall, the Flyers’ PK has been decent, ranking 13th in the NHL (83.1%). It’s the power play that’s been their biggest special-teams problem. Even after scoring four times with the man advantage in the last three games, the unit still ranks a lowly 24th (13.9%).

  1. ufostomper - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Sitting in the Wells Fargo parking lot right now let’s go flyers!!!!

  2. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    PK is fine cant stop then all…..Now if the PP can get going it will be even better!

  3. curioustraveler13 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Special teams is the least of the flyers concern. Their inability to score 5 on 5 is their Achilles heel. The flyers have 22 goals 5 on 5 which is good for the leagues worst so far this season. If they want to make it into the postseason that area of their game needs to improve, drastically.

    • mcphillthy - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Cant argue this point because i agree. We had a very good power play and penalty kill unit last season and where did that get us? we flat out suck at 5 on5 and that has carried over from last season. We are headed in the right direction but we still have a ways to go. As long as we keep progressing I am not worried.
      My biggest concerns for years have been goaltending and D but our offense was fine. This year it’s the complete opposite. It’s always something in Philly

    • blackandorangeforlife - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      While i agree with the 5 on 5 i disagree on special teams…The PK has been very good and getting better…..The PP needs a lot more work…..12-13% i think it is?…..You cant piss away opportunities when you get them….especially when you are in last place!

  4. cspsrbums - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Post season ha maybe 500

  5. babykaby - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Flyers have bad mojo, they won’t do anything this season. They need to regain some level of class before they will achieve anything. Right now they rank #1 in classless a%sholes, fans included.

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