Tim's Twitter Q&A: Practice jerseys and more

Tim's Twitter Q&A: Practice jerseys and more

Is Flyers' lack of scoring a cause for concern?

October 6, 2013, 12:00 pm

The readers on Twitter often ask questions, besides commenting on the Flyers or others’ tweets.
 
I tweeted Saturday about how the Flyers were wearing plain-colored jerseys without logos or numbers at their morning skate for Montreal in Bell Centre.

A lot of NHL clubs wear practice jerseys without numbers on them during road games to make it more difficult for their opponent’s scouts/coaches watching in the stands to identify them.
 
As for the logos, it’s really a cost-saving factor.

The difference on “very optional” is an even lesser turnout on the ice, and players remaining in their hotel rooms rather than even go to the rink.
 
Many of the Flyers' optional skates do require them to go to the rink for a pregame meeting in which they can return to their rooms after. This time, there was no morning pregame meeting at the rink.

Since he has been here, Peter Laviolette seems to ride the hot goalie, something he also did in Carolina.
 
With the start of the new season and the fact the two real challenges early in October are back-to-back games on consecutive weekends, it would not surprise me to see him play one goalie in both games to see how they handle it.

The Flyers are using various forms of social media now to announce news, including Twitter and Instagram.
 
They are not alone. If you look around the NHL, there is a well-coordinated effort by clubs to employ every form of social media to “compete” with newspaper, radio, TV and web.
 
In fact, the NHL media directory this season includes those club employees who act as web-based reporters for their teams.
 
In the Flyers case, Anthony SanFilippo, the former Flyers beat reporter for the Delco Times who now works for the team’s website in that capacity and more, is listed with other outside reporters who cover the team, such as myself.
 
NHL clubs now feel that they should be the ones announcing all news “first” before outside media get it.

The Flyers have never been a good shootout club. They have a 24-43 record going into Saturday's game at Montreal.
 
Funny thing is, many players will admit that it is easier to get a breakaway during a game where you are matched up one-on-one with the goaltender rather than in the shootout.
 
Reason being?
 
On a breakaway, it’s all instinct and reaction and adjustment.
 
In the shootout, you have too much time to think about your move, the goalie, what has worked in the past, or the pressure of the moment, especially if you are the last shooter and your club needs a goal to stay alive or win the shootout.
 
Jaromir Jagr, who went into the weekend needing just 19 goals for 700 in his career, loathed the shootout.
 
One of the greatest scorers in NHL history admitted he got flustered by it because he had to think about what he was going to do instead of reacting on the ice.
 
That is why Laviolette seldom used Jagr in shootouts when he was with the Flyers.