As streaky as the Flyers have been, they’re somehow still very much in the playoff picture.
With a win last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they would’ve been two points behind Carolina for the final wild card spot, and they’d be out of last place in the very competitive Metropolitan Division.
But the Penguins managed to get four goals in a span of less than four minutes in the second period, three in a span of 2:17, en route to a 5-1 win.
The Flyers started the game very strong, allowing no strong chances by the Penguins on defense. But it all came crashing down quickly with the barrage of Penguin goals. The Flyers countered only once, a Jordan Weal deflection off a Radko Gudas shot. The top line and the rest of the team got nothing going.
And that’s going to be a huge factor heading into the second half of the season. At 16-15-8, the Flyers have gotten very minimal scoring help from outside the first line of Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and whoever’s with them (Travis Konecny was for last night, but there’s also been Wayne Simmonds and Jake Voracek). Would a trade for a better forward be in the mix when the trade deadline approaches?
Philly needs help, and fast, because the rest of the month is brutal. Out of the remaining 11 games left in January, the team plays three opponents who currently wouldn’t make the playoffs if they started today (Buffalo, Detroit, New York Islanders). Buffalo is dead last in the conference, but Detroit is in the playoff race, as shown below:
As for the Islanders, they’ll play Philadelphia on Thursday night. Please make a good run, Flyers.