Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Laughlin (second from right) is congratulated by teammates Matt Niskanen (left), Kevin Hayes (second from left), Ivan Provorov and Joel Farabee after scoring the game's first goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

This article contains opinion.


The Broad Street Bullies were the hottest team in the month of November in the NHL. 

The Flyers had a good start at the very beginning of their season. Shortly after, they did take a little slide and in November have turned it around greatly. 

I still think that the turning point of the season was that 7–1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. No one likes to get embarrassed like that, especially when it’s a big rival. 

That game was back on Oct. 29, and that was right before the Flyers showed that they’re a team to be reckoned with, not only in the Metropolitan Division, not only the Eastern Conference, but the whole league. 

There were many reasons why the Flyers were so successful. I’ll start with the goaltending duo in Philadelphia. 

Both Carter Hart and Brian Elliott put up some amazing wins in November. I think the Flyers have at least a top 10 best goalie duo in the NHL with Hart representing the younger talent and Elliott representing the veteran talent. 

Elliott let in four goals in one game against Toronto earlier in November, which was a shootout loss. The Flyers blew out the struggling Detroit Red Wings and the talented Maple Leafs for their last Toronto date of the season. These were both 6–1 home victories for the Flyers. The stellar defense and goaltending have complimented the Flyers victories in these games. 

The adding of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun was a great addition for the Flyers. It’s not that the Flyers never had talent on the blue line; it’s just that it was younger talent. Shayne Gostisbehere had a little bit of a rough start to the season and was a healthy scratch by Alain Vigneault but has improved in the last few games. 

Gostisbehere got himself back in the goal column by winding a missile past Frederick Andersen late in the demolishing win against the new coach Sheldon Keefe and his Maple Leafs. 

Many people must also know that some of these opponents that the Flyers have beaten were not easy. They tallied wins against Boston, Montreal and Carolina twice both on the road and at home, and still got points during losses to Washington and tough a New York Islanders team. 

This shows right here that the Flyers can compete with the best and do it in tight games. 

The scoring for the Flyers has been very good, getting third-and fourth-line players involved, such as Scott Laughton and Tyler Pitlick, who have been doing a great job getting in the opponents’ end of the ice, making plays and scoring opportunities happen and showing they are more than just third and fourth line players. To be an all-around offensive and defensive team, you need every line to play every night to stay at the top. 

Travis Konecny leads the team in assists and points and pretty much put up one point per game, which is very good in this league nowadays and tougher than you’d  think.  Of course, we cannot forget about Oscar Lindblom, who is having a great season and leads the team in goals. 

Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek, Kevin Hayes, Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen are also some of the top players and veterans who are big contributers to this success.  

The Flyers will hope to have the same success in December and the rest of the season, including tough matchups against the Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres, all of whom are in the top half of their divisions.

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