The red hot streak of the Philadelphia Flyers was brought to an abrupt halt this past weekend. The Flyers had reigned victorious in nine of their previous 11 contests before suffering a dismal 6-3 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon. To add insult to injury, the Flyers ended up taking another blow in the standings, only this time it was a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday night. I wish I could say it was just another couple of bad games, but that’s not that case at all.
At this point in the season, any teams in playoff position, or close to it, need to start staying consistent. The Flyers are are prime example of just how important current play really is. Going into Saturday afternoon’s game against Tampa Bay, Philadelphia was comfortably sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. You wouldn’t think that losing two games would have such a great impact on their positioning, but when the division is as close as it is, no situation is safe.
Due to the poor play over the weekend, Philadelphia now sits in fourth in the division, behind he Rangers might I add, and seventh in the playoff standings. Winning consistently is vital right now for all the teams in the division, but especially the Flyers. Considering they already hold a playoff spot, they’re the ones who have something to lose.
The suddenly upstart Metropolitan Division finds its second place team (Washington Capitals) and seventh place team (Carolina Hurricanes) separated by a mere four points. The fact that the New York Islanders have won four in a row doesn’t help the Flyers’ cause either. Philly has to shake off the rust and get back at it, as playoff positions in this division are up for grabs at this point.