Flyers Twitter is my favorite place to go when I’m looking for a sports-related laugh.

During and following the team’s 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night, the social media platform was ablaze with the same old complaints about the team – bad coaching, turnovers, questioning Andrew MacDonald’s existence, etc.

It was a far cry from the abject elation that was emanating from Twitter following a solid 5-2 win in Vegas on opening night Thursday.

On that night, the Flyers were going to be a chic pick to go far in the playoffs, their depth was being praised, the growth of their young talent was being praised, and all was right with the world.

The difference between winning and losing certainly brings out the extremes in the schizophrenic world of Philadelphia hockey.

I’m about to make it a little more confusing for you:

The Flyers actually played a really good game against the Avalanche, and at times, were actually better than they were against Vegas.

Yeah, their mistakes were more magnified because they either resulted in goals against or incredibly high percentage chances that Brian Elliott was forced to be superhuman and keep out of the net, but the Flyers really had good flow. They skated with a very fast Colorado team. The Flyers breakouts were mostly good. Their 5-on-5 play was really good after an uneven first period. The No. 1 power play didn’t score, but it looked really good. The penalty kill was OK – the Avs didn’t score on the power play until the final four minutes of the game, so the Flyers did a good job of disrupting their set. However I felt Colorado was allowed to set up too easily, which means the Flyers weren’t great killing through the neutral zone.

And Elliott was superb again.

So, things weren’t that bad and we have a few things to talk about, but, for the most part, it’s football Sunday, so I know your attention will be elsewhere, so I’ll try to keep this short:

1. JVR injury

If you are looking for something to actually worry about, there is cause for concern here. I wouldn’t be overly-worried, I mean, it’s the second game of the season and JVR did try to test the injury out after it happened, meaning it wasn’t crushing pain, but this didn’t look great:

It looked like he took a clearing attempt off the inside of his right knee. That’s not comfortable for sure, but it’s also unlikely to be a real long-term injury. Still, he’s going to be evaluated by team doctors back in Philly, which may be later today, could be tomorrow. Either way, he’s questionable at this point for the home opener Tuesday.

Dave Hakstol did a nice job rolling his lines after JVR went out of the game. He mixed and matched and double-shifted guys who were playing well, so he did a fine job there, and the Flyers seemed to be going ahead without missing a beat. Granted, they had a few long shifts, something you never want in any game, but especially not in Denver’s thin, mile-high air, but on the whole, the Flyers adapted to the loss of JVR well.

2. Goalie Interference?

Trying to be the NFL, the NHL likes the fact that it has a rule that is so ambiguous that no one knows when it should or shouldn’t be applied. In the NHL it’s the goalie interference rule. When is a goalie impeded from making a save?

There was a big debate on this one last night:

Landeskog did skate into the crease area on his own. Travis Sanheim, not doing a great job in front, kind of held Landeskog there, preventing him from getting out of the way. Elliott’s stick was impeded on the play, but would it have made a difference? The re-direction by Landeskog changes everything.

In my opinion, from the perspective of the sport of hockey that should be a goal, and it should be allowed at all times, however, by the rule book, it may have actually been interference.

And clearly, Hakstol thought so….

His annoyance only built from there:

I get it. When the rule is so unclear, it’s easy to get this mad. It also was the difference-making goal, so if the call goes the other way, maybe the outcome is different.

However I get a feeling, this won’t be the last time this happens.

3. Moose

Elliott has allowed six goals in two games and only stopped 53 of 59 shots faced for a save percentage of .898.

Statistically, that’s not very good.

But screw the stats man, Elliott has been the Flyers best player through two games, and it’s not even close.

He made more 10-bell saves against Colorado than I’ve seen a goalie make in one game in a long time:

Again, this is just one set. He had a stop on a 2-on-none. He was square to the shooter all night. He stoned Nathan McKinnon on at least four occasions. The guy has been really, really good. The Flyers need to be better defensively in front of him. Plain and simple.

4. Folin’s Folly

This kind of coaching decision is the kind that drives me crazy. I didn’t think Radko Gudas had a great game in the opener, but he wasn’t terrible either. So, why replace him? And why give Folin a game when he showed you absolutely nothing of value in the preseason. He was frankly so bad, I thought there was a chance he didn’t make the team.

And then Saturday happened. He was on the ice for Colorado’s first goal and was left alone in front to try to stop an odd-man chance – and failed.

He turned the puck over on a blind pass that led to another goal. A third mistake led to a penalty.

Frankly, the guy was dreadful.

It wasn’t the reason the Flyers lost, but it contributed to it. Hakstol shouldn’t tinker for no reason. This was a no reason tinker, and it failed, miserably.

5. Laugher of a goal

I’ll wrap it up with this, because I know you have fantasy lineups and bets to get in, but Misha Vorobyev’s first NHL goal was… well.. a thing:

There aren’t many hysterical goals in hockey, but this is as laughable as it gets. This is butt fumble bad on the Avalanche. Speaking of butt fumbles… let’s get to football Sunday. See you at the home opener.