The Flyers defensive unit finally slid out of a funk last night against the Islanders as Chris Pronger (2 goals) and Kimmo Timonen (1 goal) scored the first goals of the season by members of the team’s blue line. It now appears that problem has been solved – for the time being – but there still remains a concern over the team’s lack of production from their wingers.
It’s been harped upon time and time again: the Flyers need someone, anyone, to step up and off-set the loss of one of the best wingers the franchise has ever had in Simon Gagne. While Danny Briere and Claude Giroux – two centers – have had incredible starts offensively for the Orange and Black, there still lacks a constant production from the players who man the wings. Scott Hartnell is looking far better than he did at this point last season, and Ville Leino appears to be getting his legs back under him after off-season hip surgery, but players like James van Riemsdyk and Nikolay Zherdev need to start finding the back of the net to supply the Flyers with a larger dose of secondary scoring. Zherdev has been so unimpressive thus far that he’s spent the last two games in a suit as a healthy scratch.
The Flyers’ wingers are a strong group on paper, but just haven’t been there all that much statistically this season thus far. Of course, it’s early, and it’s hard to believe that they won’t come around, but questions start to linger the longer it takes for such an event to happen. Hopefully more wingers can find the score sheet come tomorrow’s contest against Carolina.
Sam Carchidi offers his take on the lack of scoring from the wings thus far this season right here: INSIDE THE FLYERS: LOOKING FOR SCORING FROM THE WINGS