The Philadelphia Flyers season came to a halt on Sunday night as they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Losing to rival New York Rangers is bad enough, the Rangers ending the Flyers playoff chances is even worse. In the end, their play was too inconsistent and they simply lack the talent and offensive firepower to contend in the Eastern Conference. Here is a look inside the numbers at the past seven days.
After scoring only three power play goals in the month of March, the Flyers came alive with the man advantage going 4-14. After off season surgery, Captain Claude Giroux and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere finally appear healthy, although Gostisbehere said his health was never an issue. But both have appeared to pass the eye test with flying colors over the last week..and we know “Ghost” stirs the Flyers power play drink.
First period goals for the Flyers against the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Where has this offense been all season?! They scored four goals in less than five minutes starting with Dale Weise just 4:30 into the first.
Rookie Ivan Provorov’s average ice time for the week. He has been their best and most consistent defenseman all season. Mature beyond his years, he is not the biggest or fastest player, but he is one of the smartest. He also played 26:27 against the Islanders on Thursday night. Not bad for a 20 year old in his first pro season.
With his power play goal in the first period on Thursday against the Islanders, Wayne Simmonds hit the 3o goal mark for the second straight season. He is the heart of the Flyers who scores most of his goals within a 10 foot radius of the net. Congrats to the “Wayne Train.”
87: The Flyers projected point total for the season. Three games remain on the schedule starting Tuesday in New Jersey against the Devils. They finish their season next weekend with back to back games at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes.
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