The Philadelphia Flyers enter play tonight in Tampa Bay at 8-5-3, good for sixth place in the Metropolitan Division.

The team has some solid wins, over good teams like: Edmonton, Carolina, Boston, Washington and Calgary. However, one thing remains constant, the inability to consistently put the puck in the net.

So who are the Flyers, what is the identity of this team 16 games into the 2021-22 season?

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"Right now I think its a soft team," said former Flyer and current NFL Network analyst Scott Hartnell. There is no one that's going to hurt you."

Hartnell mentioned that he didn't mean dropping the gloves and fighting, but finishing their checks, being hard on pucks.  He mentions that teams realize the Flyers don't want to be physical and that they are more willing to chip in pucks and go after them because they don't want to be hit.

He added that the Flyers power-play has been awful again this season and that the penalty kill has been suspect.

The one bright spot saving their season thus far?

"The only thing basically saving their season thus far is Carter Hart," the former Flyer stated. He's been unbelievable. If it wasn't for Carter Hart they could be at the bottom of the league right now."

Hartnell admits that he would be very concerned if he was a Flyers fan right now, and said he's not sure you can change anything with the complexion of this team right now.

Remember the team made a plethora of changes in the offseason, bringing in some new faces like Cam Atkinson, Rasmus Ristolaine, Keith Yandle and their biggest offseason move, adding Ryan Ellis, who has missed all but four games this season is is out four-to-six weeks to rest and rehab a lower-body injury.

Hartnell did mention that the pair of Ellis and Ivan Provorov looked good in the few games that got to play together, but without him the defense has been average at best.

So who are the Flyers right now?  Seems like the same inconsistent team they have been the past 10 years.

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