Flyers-Avalanche: Game 23 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It's already been an eventful Monday with the dismissal of head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Michel Therrien. It came at a bit of a surprising time – no, not following a 7-1 loss, but with the Flyers right back on the ice on Monday night to take on the Colorado Avalanche.

Mike Yeo will be behind the bench serving as head coach in the interim, as the Flyers try to avoid a ninth straight loss.

Game time is 7 p.m.

 

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Flyers Doomed by Mistakes, Handed 6th Straight Loss to Devils

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It continues to go from bad to worse for the Flyers. Trying to snap a five-game losing streak, they managed to get a tying goal to have a chance to start to right the ship. Then the Devils struck off turnovers and opportunities to quickly regain the lead and put the game away.

Three goals in the third proved to be the difference for the Flyers, as they were handed their sixth straight loss, 5-2, to the Devils on Sunday night. 

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Flyers-Devils: Game 20 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers losing streak hit five games with a Friday afternoon drubbing to the Carolina Hurricanes. Now the Flyers continue their play against the Metro Division, desperately needing to right the ship in a hurry.

The Flyers are battered with injuries, but have faced teams dealing with significant losses in their own right and have struggled to keep up. The New Jersey Devils have lost five of their last six game entering Sunday night's action. 

Game time is 7 p.m.

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Losing Streak Hits 5 as Flyers Routed by Hurricanes

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The past week has slowly morphed into the ghosts of last season for the Flyers. After getting the doors blown off in Tampa, then somehow salvaging a point against the Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes showed what the top team in the Metro can do to a team that is struggling on all fronts.

The Flyers were blown out again, this time by a 6-3 margin against the Hurricanes on Friday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center, sending the Flyers to their fifth straight loss.

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Flyers-Hurricanes: Game 19 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Thanks to great goaltending once again, the Flyers managed to get an all-important point in the standings. That can only help them at this point. Unfortunately for the Flyers, the process just isn't any better and likely won't be improving anytime soon, so getting results any way they can is the only method to staying afloat in the standings.

Following an off day on Thanksgiving, the Flyers return to the ice to face the top team in the Metro, the Carolina Hurricanes, in the annual Black Friday game. The Flyers used the hot goaltending method to earn a 2-1 win against Carolina on the road earlier this month and they may need another one to salvage a week that certainly hasn't been good so far. 

Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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Ekblad's OT Winner Sinks Flyers in Florida

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Entering the third period, Martin Jones had made 25 saves. Somehow, that was keeping his team in front. When the Florida Panthers finally got a power-play opportunity, they made quick work of it to solve the Flyers netminder.

The Flyers held on from there, as Jones stood on his head and made 12 saves in the third period to get the game to overtime. After stopping six shots for the Panthers to start the 3-on-3, Jones couldn't stop a one-time blast from Aaron Ekblad in a 2-1 overtime loss on Wednesday night. 

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Flyers-Panthers: Game 18 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After getting obliterated by the defending two-time Stanley Cup champions on Tuesday night, the week only gets more challenging for the Flyers with matchups ahead against the top two teams in the league standings. Already on a three-game losing streak, this could become even uglier in the next few days.

Less than 24 hours after that result, the Flyers face off on Wednesday night against the Florida Panthers

Game time is 7 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Tuesday’s Flyers-Lightning Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Things are starting to get ugly for the Philadelphia Flyers. The offense has completely dried up, resulting in what is now three shutout losses in the last 11 games. They have a total of 20 goals over their last 12, an average of 1.67 per game. 

Their injuries seem to be catching up to them. First Ryan Ellis and now Kevin Hayes returning for at most a couple of games only to be out long-term again is becoming too much for the Flyers and their lack of depth to overcome. 

Their style is becoming completely stale and boring in all the wrong ways. There’s no push or energy. There’s no driving the play and creating offensively. It’s always survival mode and pray that the goaltending holds up. Now in the last five games, the Flyers have allowed 18 goals.

Rather than break down the game itself, perhaps it’s better to do something a little different with these takeaways. Instead of looking closer at the lackluster 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, instead let’s revisit Scott Hartnell’s comments on NHL Network from Monday night. I further elaborated on this in my appearance on GameNight on 97.3 ESPN on Tuesday prior to the game, but it’s worth diving in deeper.

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Effort Lacking as Flyers Handed Shutout by Lightning

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Flyers next challenge was to avoid their first long losing streak. That was already going to be easier said than done without their second-line center, top-pairing defenseman, and against three of the top teams in the league.

Add in another injury down the middle and the Flyers struggles only continued on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay. The Lightning got an early goal, then really poured it on late in a 4-0 defeat for the Flyers.

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Flyers-Lightning: Game 17 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Saturday's game marked the first time the Flyers lost back-to-back games. The results of their games have perhaps started to catch up with their deficiencies on the ice. The Flyers played one total game with a fully healthy lineup. They are missing pieces at two key positions, with news that Kevin Hayes will also be out week-to-week, and lacking the depth to fill them internally. And at a time when there is not much of a helping hand to go around and make a move, it's time to dig deep. 

The Flyers have been holding a playoff spot for the first few weeks of the season and do have some quality wins to their credit – defeats of the Oilers, Capitals, Hurricanes, and Flames all come to mind. Much of that has been on the back of hot goaltending. But the process has clear flaws, and for now, it seems more important for the team to just keep their heads above water for now to even have a shot at the playoffs down the road. That's easier said than done with the schedule that they continue to face.

A brutal week begins against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flyers suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning last Thursday, and will have to dig deep again to try to earn two points and avoid an extensive losing streak for the first time this season.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Saturday’s Flyers-Bruins Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

From the drop of the puck, the Boston Bruins were totally in control. They won races to pucks. They fired shots from all angles. They had prolonged offensive-zone shifts. They did everything needed to play their usual brand of hockey.

Unlike last season, the Flyers are a little more equipped to counter that. They have much more physicality in their lineup, and that adds some snarl to the game and gives it much more emotion. This isn’t just the lifeless bloodbath it was last season.

But this game offered shades of that, particularly in the late second and third periods. One breakdown erased a two-goal rally. An early goal in the third proved to be a dagger. Just when the Flyers thought they may have a chance to get back in the game on the man-advantage, it was taken away from them with a questionable penalty. 

Still, that doesn’t erase the display that was on the ice, one that has the Flyers trying to survive more than drive play. The Flyers clearly have flaws in their play, and it’s fair to wonder how much longer they can go without addressing them. 

Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Bruins.

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