After dropping the first half of a home-and-home series to the New Jersey Devils, the Philadelphia Flyers know that their playoff hopes are rapidly dimming. Traveling back from their neighboring state, this Southeastern Pennsylvania-based hockey team surely noticed that numerous National Hockey League vultures were circling above them.
Peter Laviolette’s pressured-squad only has twenty games remaining on its regular season schedule. If his team had a record of 15-12-1, a path to the postseason would be reasonably achievable. At 12-15-1, Philadelphia’s access to ticket for the playoffs seems likely to be denied by a variety of salivating Eastern Conference opponents.
Based purely upon the lowest qualifying percentage point totals last season, the Flyers need to drive toward a magic number of 55 this year. Earning somewhere at, or slightly above, 55 points should allow the eighth-place Eastern Conference playoff seed to be secured.
General manager Paul Holmgren knew that the roster he provided to his head coach for this unusual hockey year was filled with deficiencies Ongoing goaltending questions were complemented by thin defensive pairings and reduced offensive depth.
When two masked men, the blue line contingent and almost every forward line member are in flux, there’s only so much that any coaching staff can be expected do. In an ideal scenario, “Lavy” will be allowed to return next year because he isn’t chiefly responsible for this group’s collective efforts.
Those who faithfully follow the “Orange Order” know that some seasons become lost hockey years. Stern souls also realize that the Flyers are skating very close to the end of this one, even though their last regular season game isn’t scheduled to be played until April 27.