By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
To get an idea of where the Flyers are after six games of the season, you have to go back one week to Oct. 12 and the first game of a three-game Western Canada trip in Vancouver.
It was the Flyers first loss of the season, but it legitimately felt like a moral victory. The Flyers outplayed the Canucks for two periods, managed to get the game tied and force overtime and lost in a shootout. It was a good road point and marked the third straight game the Flyers had earned a point in the standings. Five points and a 2-0-1 record through three games was a good start.
But that was followed with two regulation losses in Calgary and Edmonton, very different losses at that. A return home and a game against a 1-7-1 Dallas Stars team seemed to be what the doctor ordered.
Instead, the result was something all too familiar from seasons' past. The Flyers did a lot right in the game -- control the puck, get a lot of shots, defended well and limited shots and chances -- but came out on the losing end, and the score wasn't really all that close. A 4-1 loss is now the Flyers' fourth straight and third straight in regulation.
"We’re doing a lot of the right things, traffic, jamming pucks, going hard to the net but we’re having a tough time making the other team pay for their mistakes but as far as our process and how were playing offensively and how we’re playing defensively, you got to like our game," head coach Alain Vigneault said.
If only those sentiments could be shared by the fan base, who are starting to turn on a team that they thought was different, that they saw a ton of potential in through the first three games.
Here are more observations from the Flyers loss to the Stars.