By Sally Fahey
Forget all the noise about how the Flyers have improved themselves this offseason, and they have even if Sean Couturier is still rehabbing the knee teammate Radko Gudas wrecked during a practice during the Pens series last April.
Nothing they do will amount to much unless they can stabilize their goalie situation, as the Hockey Writers suggests:
Brian Elliott is the Flyers number one goalie to start to the season unless he gets injured during the preseason. Elliott missed significant time last season due to injury, which is the reason he struggled down the stretch and into the playoffs. The biggest thing with Elliott is going to be how he reacts after making a difficult save – does he look comfortable or not? If the Flyers want to take the next step and get deeper into the playoffs then, they need a healthy Elliott to keep the puck out of the net.
Michal Neuvirth is expected to be the team’s backup goaltender, but he is known to miss a big chunk of time because of injury. The goal of the preseason for Neuvirth should be to stay healthy and be more consistent. Alex Lyon, who saw some time with the Flyers last year, will need to leave a lasting impression on the coaching staff to crack the roster this year.