Now that the Flyers are officially "on notice", it's time for the team to do one simple thing...circle the wagons and play smart.
They have to develop a thick skin, because a lot of asinine things are being said by fans and the media. They have to avoid being goaded into situations that led to things like the Boulerice cross check on Kesler. They have to contain their emotions better and not allow a bad game to turn into a high elbow.
They can't play tentatively, they just have to play smart. Finish checks, but don't cross that line we all know is there. Above all, continue to stand up for one another.
The keys to moving forward are simple. First they need to start getting more secondary production, mainly from Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul. Both guys started red hot, but have cooled off a bit. They need to get untracked. It'd also be nice to start getting offense from Scott Hartnell.
Too often this season the only offense the team got was off the rush or from the power play. That needs to change to get the most out of guys like Hartnell, Knuble and Carter.
Team defense needs to tighten up, but a lot of the reason that the Flyers lead the NHL in shots against is because they have been unable to gain and keep the puck in the offensive zone on a consistent basis. Do that and the other team isn't shooting at Marty Biron quite so much.
All in all, the Flyers are right about where they were expected to be, but there's room for improvement. That is what needs to be the focus now, not the suspensions and shenanigans, the ridiculous comments of the fans and media or even wondering when Simon Gagne will return.
A good consistent effort and smart play will get the team past this hump.