Riding high on their streak of... one? One! win in a row, the Flyers are suddenly looking better than they have in a month. It's hard not to get a little excited about the prospect of a turnaround, but at this point, I'd say it's a bit premature to celebrate. Still, in that win against the Islanders, they did just about everything they needed to. Plus, with the Sixers losing 11 straight, we'll take whatever momentum we can get. Eeelevenn. It's hard to do just about anything 11 times in a row with the same outcome, but the Sixers are that consistent.
Anyway, I honestly don't have a clue what to expect when I head down to South Philly tonight to see the Flyers host the Senators. For 18 games, the Flyers looked pretty damn good, scratching out a 12-5-1 record. Then, for nine games, they looked nowhere near as good, with a 1-8 count to show for it. Then came Tuesday's game, when they knocked the teeth out of the Islanders. The key, as I assume Peter Laviolette has mentioned in the locker room, is to have this be the first game of a brilliant Halladay run sorry, holiday run (I'm a little distracted).
Because 2-9-0 is no way to go through life, Flyers.
You want to know what's weird though? The Senators are also 2-8 in their last 10. Er, 2-7-1. You get the point—they're not exactly setting the ice on fire lately either.
When I originally found out I'd be going to the game tonight, I was looking forward to another revenge-motivated win by Ray Emery over the team that saw him be shipped to Siberia rather than play for them in the NHL. Last time around, on November 12, Razor showed the Senators what he thought of Pascal Leclaire and Brian Elliott, holding the Sens to just one goal in a 5-1 Flyers win.
We're now looking at nearly two months without Emery, and through a grand total of one game, the Flyers have survived so far. However, that is likely still the greatest question facing the team as it has been for decades—is the current goaltending situation good enough to keep them in most games and flat out steal others. No starter has yet been announced as of my departure for the game, but we'll either see Boosh try to continue his solid play in 2009, or Johan Backlund make his Flyers debut.
Look for the guy in the Tertyshny jersey.