I figure we can discuss different teams as NHL fans and say what we think.
I'm bringing up the Flyers as they are 2-6 (With 4 points), the worst points percentage in the NHL right now. They've also played 8 games, which is tied for the most of any team right now.
Now its clearly early but here are some things I would be concerned about for a team I thought had a chance to be a real contender.
1, While 8 games is early, this is a shortened season and we're actually 1/6 into this season for them. Time to turn it around, sure but it gets more difficult
Sportsclub stats weigh playoff odds simply without accounting for much context but being at 13.3% is definitely concerning.
3, They have significant injuries. Beyond Pronger, Bourbon is out indefinately, Mezaros will miss a month. This defense is certainly much weaker. On offense, the leading goal scorer from last year in Hartnell will miss much of the season and Wayne Simmonds just suffered a head injury. All of these things on their own have consequences, together they can be very tough.
4, Their bottom 10 in both offense and defense so far this season and bottom 5 in both special team categories.
5, Bryzgalov is playing well but he's played in 7 of the 8 games and it seems somewhat unlikely that he'll play less this much and this well for the rest of the season. Leighton is an uninspiring backup.
6, The Eastern Conference has gotten better it seems.
7, Briere seems to be struggling coming back from injury. Considering Hartnell's injury and Giroux's struggles he's a huge aprt of this offense. It seems possible that at 35 he's hitting his decline.
8, They play in one of the best divisions in hockey and considering the focus on divisional play this year and conference play this could hurt them.
9, They lost most of their depth (a real strength for them) to injury or the offseason. When you lose Meszaros and Carle and Bourbon off your defense, jagr and Hartnell off your offense and Brobobvski in net.
Do I think they're done? No
Do I think there's a good chance they don't make the playoffs? Yes
It reminds me a bit of the 2010-2011 Devils where everything went wrong.