Flyers 5: Takeaways from the 2020-21 Season

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers season is now completed. A disappointing and frustrating year has come to an end.

Before we fully turn the page on the previous season and look ahead to an eventful offseason that appears to be on tap, it’s still fair to look back at the previous season and wonder what went wrong, where did it go wrong, and what else can we take away from it?

From a mid-January start with some early positive results to one final win/loss to the New Jersey Devils in mid-May to conclude the 56-game campaign, here are five takeaways from the season.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #115 - We Know What's Coming

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The YWT Podcast is back and it's a long one this week. The Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs, the team lost three straight to the Devils, the playoffs are approaching for the rest of the week and the conversation starts to go off the rails toward the end.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso are here for it all.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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Flyers Suffer 3rd Straight Loss to Devils

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The New Jersey Devils entered Sunday's opener of a four-game series with the Flyers on a nine-game winless streak. They had their sights set on snapping that streak when two goals by Claude Giroux in the final two minutes of regulation forced overtime and eventually a shootout win for the Flyers.

But the Devils were closing in on that elusive victory. Not only did they snap their streak on Tuesday, but they followed it up with another win on Thursday. On Saturday, in the series finale, the Devils finished off the series win, cruising to a 4-0 shutout win over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers-Devils: Game 51 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

With Thursday's defeat and official elimination from playoff contention, everything from here for the Flyers is mere formality. Six games remain on the 2020-21 season, and it is only after those are completed that the real work will begin in the offseason and certain questions about what went wrong and what needs to be done will be answered.

For now, the games continue with the final game of a four-game series with the New Jersey Devils. The series closes on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers Officially Eliminated from Playoff Contention with Loss to Devils

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Officially, it's over. Any combination of three points gained by the Boston Bruins and lost by the Flyers would seal their fate for the season, officially eliminating them from playoff contention.

After giving up two power-play goals in the first and two more in the third period, the Flyers playoff hopes are officially gone. A 5-3 loss to the Devils coupled with a 5-2 win by the Bruins eliminated the Flyers on Thursday night.

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Flyers-Devils: Game 50 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Thursday's game for the Flyers comes coupled with the news that Carter Hart is done for the season. With where the Flyers are, it's only fitting the announcement came on this day.

As the Flyers face the Devils for the third time this week, a loss of any kind by the Flyers and a win of any kind by the Boston Bruins against the Buffalo Sabres will officially eliminate the Flyers from playoff contention.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers G Carter Hart Done for Season

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Carter Hart made 31 saves in regulation and overtime against the Penguins on April 15, then made two more saves in the shootout to secure a win. When the Flyers were scheduled to play on the following Saturday, April 17, Hart was slated to start, but in a surprising turn of events, Alex Lyon got the start that afternoon.

That April 15 start turned out to be Hart’s last of the season. An MCL sprain has kept him sidelined ever since, and on Thursday morning, GM Chuck Fletcher announced that Hart will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 regular season.

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Flyers Fall as Devils Snap 10-Game Winless Streak

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

On Sunday night, the Flyers essentially snatched a win away from the Devils, a team that was within mere moments of snapped a nine-game winless streak. Twice in the game on Tuesday night, the Devils got the lead only to have the Flyers claw back and take it away again. The third time was the charm though, as a goal with 7:24 left sealed the deal.

The Flyers dropped Tuesday's game to the Devils by a score of 6-4, snapping New Jersey's 10-game winless streak. Coupled with a win for the Boston Bruins, it reduced their tragic number to be officially eliminated from playoff contention to a combination of three points gained by the Bruins or lost by the Flyers.

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Flyers-Devils: Game 49 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Just when it appeared the Flyers were going to be the team that allowed the Devils to not only snap a nine-game winless streak, but do so in the first of four straight games between the two, the Flyers snatched it away from them. Two quick goals by Claude Giroux tied the game, then the Flyers claimed the victory in the shootout.

The four-game series now heads to New Jersey for the next two games, starting with Tuesday night's game, as both teams begin their final two weeks of play for the 2020-21 season.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers 5: Takeaways from Sunday’s Flyers-Devils Game

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Two weeks from today, the Flyers will be preparing to play in their final game of the 2020-21 season. That isn’t mathematically official yet, but it is essentially a given. 

Logically, there appears to be no path for the Flyers to make the playoffs at this point, and if you watch the overall quality of play on the ice, you see a team that may be able to survive games against the Devils, Sabres, and perhaps the Rangers, but doesn’t stand near as much of a chance with the true class of the East Division.

So, two weeks from now will mark the final day of another season of disappointment, another season where expectations didn’t meet reality, another season where a core group of players are defined by this identity, or lack thereof.

On this night, it looked like another dismal performance, just another game of going through the motions. That was until the final two minutes, when the captain of the team willed them to a comeback, eventually ending with a 4-3 victory following a six-round shootout.

Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s game.

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #114 - New Perspectives

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The YWT Podcast is back and there's a little bit of everything. There's some general NHL talk looking at the playoff races. Flyers topics include Nolan Patrick, Wade Allison, Ivan Provorov and more.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso discuss it all, looking at a week with the Devils and other playoff races happening around the league.

You can listen to this episode of the podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts and Podbean

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