Flyers pleased with effort but not outcome
DENVER -- The midpoint came and went Thursday night in Colorado and now the second half of NHL schedule starts Saturday for the Flyers against the Coyotes.
CSNPhilly.com played a word association game with Flyers coach Craig Berube, asking him to say the first thing that popped into his head about his players’ performances in the first half.
Here are Berube’s responses, prior to the Flyers’ 2-1 loss to the Avalanche:
He is skating and he is on the puck, and he’s competitive on the puck. And the other thing is he is shooting the puck. If he continues to shoot more and more, he will score more.
Giroux is learning his captaincy role more. It’s sometimes tough for skill guys to be leaders when they are not producing. He’s doing a good job and he’s not the only one leading.
On this road trip, his game has elevated. He’s more competitive, on the puck more, he’s getting in there with the whole line. He is coming and he is more involved in the play more.
I think he is still finding his way back. Plus he is on the wing and not center. I don’t know if that has affected him. He definitely is not where he was before. He’ll get there. Whether it’s mental or physical or adjusting coming back from injury, I’m not sure. He’s still working things out.
He’s come around lately, had a real good game in Calgary. A lot of his game comes off confidence. He got that goal in Vancouver and it really boosted his confidence.
Because of his injury, he is still trying to get going here. He’s got to get better. He is not where he was at before, that’s for sure. We got to get him going and get him more involved, get his feet moving and being stronger on the puck.
Zac has been good. He works hard, he’s physical, he’s been disciplined since the Dallas incident. He’s done a pretty good job.
He’s been a good player for us. He does a lot of things for us as an all-situational guy. Done a good job on the power play and that line, checking other team’s top lines and producing. Skates well.
Real pleased. His game has come around. He keeps showing signs that he is capable of doing different things out there. He’s been impressive.
He’s become a very good player. He’s consistent. He’s had some different linemates.
He’s played well. I know what you’re going to say. [Turnovers] twice in front of the net on the trip, but that happens. Overall, we haven’t had a problem turning pucks over in front of the net. He has had a good year for us.
He’s in all situations for us and playing against the top lines. I think he has been a warrior for me this year. He shows up every game and does his job, very good leadership.
His game has come around. He has played good hockey. He’s been consistent. Been physical and moved the puck better.
He’s done a good job and I thought he was really good in Calgary.
He’s been great, our MVP for sure.
As a team, we can all do a better job playing without the puck. It really comes down to being committed to checking. Penalty kill and power play has improved since we’ve taken over and the PK was consistent all year. To fix it, stay out of the box. Power play for me, last 20 games I think has been pretty good.”
The Flyers' four-game win streak and three-game road-winning streak ended Thursday night. The loss also halted a streak of eight consecutive games of at least three or more goals scored … Steve Mason saw a personal streak end -- eight games without a regulation loss. … Wayne Simmonds scored the Flyers' lone goal, giving him at least a point in seven of the last eight games. … Brayden Schenn played a career-high 21:40 Thursday.