The Philadelphia Flyers‘ woes continued Saturday afternoon as they suffered their fourth straight loss and the Olympic break cannot come fast enough. The Boston Bruins dominated the vast majority of the game and capitalized on their power play opportunities. The Flyers are now 2-5-2 over their last nine games, giving up an average of 4.11 goals per game while scoring 2.78 per game.
A questionable tripping call and an unfortunate bounce off a defensemen’s skate lead to the Bruins first goal of the afternoon. The Bruins controlled the puck and pace of the game, while the Flyers struggled to stay out of the box. Poor team play in the defensive zone and too many trips to the penalty box has led to the Flyers’ recent struggles. Their inability to clear the zone is leading to easy goals and numerous quality scoring chances for opponents.
The good news for the Flyers: Claude Giroux scored a power play goal in the third period, they do not play again until Tuesday night and they only have six games until the Olympic break.
The bad news: the upcoming schedule may only make matters worse. During the next seven games, the Flyers will face five top 10 teams in the NHL standings. The Flyers have struggled against the top teams all season and are just 6-12-0 versus the top half of the league. So far this year, they are 1-7-0 versus the top 10 teams in the league and have been outscored 34-14.
The Flyers need to play better team defense and try to build some confidence before the Olympic break. It’s going to be a tough six-game stretch, but if they can find a way to earn at least six points, they should be in decent shape to make a playoff run after the break.