The Philadelphia Flyers finished last week with a 1-2-0 record. They now sit six points out of the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. With only 15 games remaining in the regular season, points are at a premium and every game is more important than the last. Take a look inside the numbers of the week that was.
The Flyers goals per game in the two losses. The offense again is the Flyers crutch as they cannot find offense when they need to. The goaltending, especially Steve Mason, has been keeping the Flyers in the games. The offense is not.
The Flyers scored six last week in Buffalo against the Sabres. It marked the first time since December that the Flyers scored six in a game..and all six goals were scored at even strength. For a team that is so reliant on the power play, this was vital.
Captain Claude Giroux’s goal scoring drought that was finally broken against the Sabres. Giroux is the straw that stirs the Flyers drink. His new line with Wayne Simmonds and Jordan Weal has been the Flyers best and most dangerous. That needs to continue.
The Flyers penalty kill percentage for the week. This is absolutely brutal, no, worse than brutal. Good teams have good, or at least solid special teams and the Flyers penalty killing is struggling to say the least. The Sabres were 2-4 on the power play, the Maple Leafs were 2-2 and the Bruins were 1-3.
The Flyers projected point total for the season. That will put the Flyers well out of the playoffs. They are now chasing three teams for the last playoff spot. They are back at the Wells Fargo Center for three of their four games this week. It started yesterday with a loss against Columbus.
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