It may be a little too late for the Philadelphia Flyers to salvage their season, but in the past couple of games things have been going their way.
Last Friday they were at least able to get a point after going into a shootout round with the New York Islanders. Unfortunately, The Isles went on to win the game. However, the Flyers were able to find luck in their next two games.
After recalling 6-foot-6 rookie defenseman, Oliver Lauridsen from their AHL affiliate, they were able to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. Defeating a top tier team like the Bruins was a huge success, but there was fear that the Flyers would get too confident in their next game.
On Sunday they took on the Washington Capitals and really struggled to get to that 5-4 win. They did eventually get there in overtime, which means the Caps also got a point.
While these wins were great to improve the Flyers record to 15-17-3, they are still a few spots out of the playoffs. It also appears that the Flyers cannot help but be struck by the injury bug.
Flyers center Max Talbot was helped off the ice in Sunday’s game during the second period with a “lower body injury.” That was cause for worry, especially since Talbot did not return to the game.
On Monday morning, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that Talbot had sustained a broken foot during the game. He would be out indefinitely and his season was over. That was not good news struggling Flyers fans wanted to hear.
Talbot hasn’t been too successful in terms of goals this season— he only has five—but he has been a huge asset to the Flyers penalty kill. With him being injured it is really going to put a damper on an already struggling Flyers team.
Injuries have really made the Flyers suffer this season. Having Talbot out this late in the season is really going to affect the team. Meaning that they have less of a chance to overcome it in the next month, and somehow find themselves in the playoffs. Without one of their strong penalty kill leaders, they are going to run into even more problems.