That's what I see from the Flyers. They kind of look like the Red Wings in a way in that they attack the net... all of them. Shoot the puck at the net, get a dirty rebound, fight for the puck. They activate their d-men to join in on the attack - now possible with the additions of Isbisa and Carle (I wish Pens would do that with Gonchar, Whitney, Gogo, and Letang - but I guess that's where coaching comes in.....). Defensively, they sometimes put 3 guys across the line and good luck getting through that. They're also big and strong at forward and I think we saw that when we got pushed around a few weeks back.
Pens, on the other hand, two soft, over the hill, wingers. Two 3rd liners playing the other side (of Crosby and Malkin). No size or physical play except for Malkin and Cooke. I mean. Wow. Our forwards suck. Great job, Shero... really. No, really.
Philly has gotten some luck with trades as well. They stole Carle and Coburn. Their core forwards are young: Richards, Carter, Gagne, Fartsmell, Lupul, and Upshall. Knuble keeps scoring goals (the guy just goes to the net).
They got lucky in the 03' draft (I believe that was the one) where they took Richards/Carter in the first and second round.
It's not like we don't have core talent: Sid, Malkin, Fleury, Staal, Whitney, Gogo, Letang, Sarge (when he comes back).
The Flyers are solid all around regarding their forwards. We're strong down the middle and weak on the wings. I think this is going to be our downfall if it isn't addressed. Satan is a ghost and the person I believe who is most responsible for Sid's weak play (due to his non-factor on any part of playing offense causing teams to collapse on Sid). Sid might as well be playing forward by himself out there.
The game plan against the Pens is simple but not easy. Shut down Sid/Malkin. If you do this, the Pens don't score. Collapse everyone on the middle of the ice and trap that area. Malkin is in a league of his own right now. He's very much like Mario in that no matter how much you concentrate on him, it's hard to stop him.
This is why I believe, at least with the makeup with this team, Cooke should be playing on Sid's line. He can create room for Sid. Talbot/Dupuis/Satan (especially Satan) aren't getting it done.