December 10, 2023

A surprising start for John Tortorella and his squad


Philadelphia Flyers' Joel Farabee, from right, Kevin Hayes and Owen Tippett celebrate past Florida Panthers' Gustav Forsling after a goal by Farabee during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia Flyers picked up three points out of four during this week. The effort was there during all the games so far this season and especially the second and third periods against the Carolina Hurricanes. From John Tortorella’s perspective, it was the best two periods this season.

From a fan perspective, it’s incredible to see the effort the Flyers are putting in during those early season games to be able to start with a 5-2-1 record. Although, it is only early in the season and the record might change quickly, especially with the multiple injuries the Flyers are dealing with.

James van Riemsdyk was added to the injury list and could miss more than a month due to a broken finger. That injury adds up to the Cam Atkinson injuries and the Sean Couturier one. What we know is that Couturier had surgery last week and will miss most of the season but could join back the team at the end of the season and potentially playoff.

Talking about a playoff spot is way too early but I don’t think encouraging tanking will change something since with the new coaching staff the effort is mandatory every night. Even with the lack of talent, with a good effort from the team and the multiple incredible performances from Carter Hart in the early stage of the season, we never know what can happen.

It’s still early but the locker room can start building a real culture and solid cohesion in the team. We will have to see what November will bring for the Flyers. It will be an important month for the Flyers.

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