The Philadelphia Flyers finished their week long road trip with a 2-2-0 record after beating their bitter rival Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night. They even held their nemesis off the score sheet which makes it all the better. The Flyers are still mathematically in the playoff hunt, but they have a lot of work to do.They need wins..and only have seven games remaining. The team need to play each game with the same sense of urgency that they did on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Lets take a look back at the Flyers week by the numbers.
The number of power play goals for the Flyers this week. The unit went 0-8 with the man advantage over the four game trip. To make matters worse, the Flyers are 3-44 in the month of March. The Black and Orange are scoring at a 7% rate on the power play in the month of March. Not nearly good enough.
The number of teams the Flyers have to jump to claim the final spot in the Eastern Conference. The Boston Bruins currently hold the eighth spot…but the Flyers still trail the New York Islanders (whom they play on Thursday), the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Flyers All Star Wayne Simmonds has gone six straight games without a goal, his second longest streak of the season. He went seven in a row from December 30 to January 14. For a team desperate for goals, the Flyers need Simmonds to lead the charge. The rest of his game has not suffered, but the “Wayne Train” has to light the lamp and fuel the Flyers offense.
The Flyers goal differential for the season. The Flyers defensive struggles have been well documented…but what is surprising is their lack of goal scoring. They rank 20th in goals for in the league and 25th in goals against. Those are not the numbers of a playoff team.
The Flyers are on pace for 85 points which would be 11 less points than they had last season. It’s coming down to the wire and it may take a miracle, but anything is possible. No one thought they would get in last year and they did…
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