After the Flyers recent point streak, I don’t think anyone really expected them to find themselves in trouble yet again. But here we are.
The Flyers have lost their last 5 games and have looked awful in the process of doing so. They were actually shut out in the game against Montreal as well, but that ended up as a win because of the shootout. That’s not only concerning because they’ve lost the games, but they’ve lost these games to playoff caliber teams and have blown leads in a significant portion of them.
The Flyers need to turn it around and quick. The Flyers now only hold a 3 point lead of the second wild-card spot and a 6 point lead over the first non-playoff spot. That 6 point lead isn’t even that comforting since Florida has 3 less games played.
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Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations
The Flyers will roll out the same lines as they did against Boston, but Travis Sanheim will finally get himself back into the lineup.
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom – Nolan Patrick – Jake Voracek
Michael Raffl – Valtteri Filppula – Wayne Simmonds
Jori Lehtera – Scott Laughton – Matt Read
Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald
Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas
Winnipeg: Jets Line Combinations
Nikolaj Ehlers – Paul Stastny – Patrick Laine
Kyle Connor – Blake Wheeler – Matt Hendricks
Mathieu Perreault – Bryan Little – Jack Roslovic
Brandon Tanev – Andrew Copp – Joel Armia
Tobias Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien
Josh Morrissey – Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot – Dmitry Kulikov
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
- The Flyers power play has gone dead during this losing streak. Aside from the second unit not producing (which has been a season-long problem), the team as a whole is 2 for 19 over this losing streak. That includes failing to score against Tampa in overtime and failing to score on any of the 5 against the Penguins. That needs to change fast if the Flyers want to make any sort of push in the playoffs.
- Dave Hakstol once again pushed some questionable roster decisions in the game against Boston. After Travis Konecny took an undisciplined penalty early in the third period I didn’t see him out on the ice at all the rest of the game. Matt Read, who hasn’t played in an NHL game since October, took his place on the first line. That is a hard decision to justify when Konecny is one of the Flyers hottest players and the game was tied. Decisions like that just can’t happen this late in the season when the team needs points.
- The Flyers need to rebound and come out and stick it to the Jets in this game. If one thing has been true this season it’s that the Flyers snowball losses and can’t seem to rebound. Today is a good opporotunity to come out at home and beat a good team. It needs to happen, or else this team could nose dive out of the playoffs really fast.