The good, the bad and the ugly in Flyers 2-0 loss to Blues

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The Philadelphia Flyers came into Monday night’s tilt against the St. Louis Blues looking to rebound after being shutout against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Unfortunately for the orange and black, the offense was dry again as they are shut out for the second game in a row falling to the Blues 2-0. Paul Stastny scored in the second and New Jersey native Kenny Agostino scored on a breakaway in the third to lead the Blues to their second win under new coach Mike Yeo.

The Good:
Michal Neuvirth again was strong, although he only faced 16 shots. He made timely saves and did a very good job controlling rebounds. The Flyers also played a stronger game in the defensive zone limiting the Blues offensive zone chances and playing strong in the neutral zone game.

The Bad:
Let’s start with the Flyers power play. It is virtually non existent. With Flyers coach Dave Hakstol’s decision to sit second year defenseman and power play quartback Shayne Gostisbehere, the Flyers had very few quality scoring chances. Mark Streit, who took Gostisbehere’s spot on the first unit does not put the fear into the opposing penalty kill unit. Streit lacks the foot speed and ability to get the shots through. The Flyers ended the game 0-4 with the man advantage.

The Ugly:
Jake Voracek’s brutal turnover that lead to Agostino’s breakaway goal in the third arguably defines ‘ugly’.. Voracek tried a cross ice pass that was easily intercepted and David Perron sprung Agostino to give the Blues the 2-0 lead.
Next, the Flyers offense..or lack of it. The Flyers were shutout at home for the second consecutive game for the first time since 2013. They have now scored four goals (including one into an empty net) in their last four games and it’s simply not good enough. The forwards look out of sync and  the defense is adding nothing to the offense.
The Flyers are now 1-1-1 on their current five game home stand. They have scored a grand total of zero goals in their last two games and now face a New York Islanders team on Thursday that is now only three points behind the Flyers for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (and they also have three games in hand). The Flyers need offense and there is a guy that has been in the press box that is anxious to get back on the ice. Whatever defensive deficiencies Gostisbehere has, he brings too much offense to the team and that is something the Flyers are sorely lacking right now. His speed and creativity can only help a team whose offense is as dry as the summer in Arizona.
Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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