Takeaways from Wednesday’s Flyers-Devils game

When Flyers was floundered at home by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-1 loss, clearly a match that signaled the last sand in the hourglass was about to run out for someone. That’s someone already Alain Vigneault.

The next morning, with a game to be played that night, Vigneault went out with the assistant coach Michel Therrien. Mike Yeo unexpectedly the interim head coach.

In fact, despite the explosive attack with 5 goals against the Colorado Avalanche, the 7-5 defeat that night was not really a surprise. Yeo alludes to an emotional day and that is felt throughout the organization, not just because someone gets fired, but because others should start to feel the heat. If it can happen to him, it can happen to the rest of us.

Fast forward to Wednesday night’s match with New Jersey Devil. More time to process what happened earlier in the week and reset. The schedule where you have to face Top 10 teams nightly has finally come to an end. Perhaps a match against the Devils would end a nine-game losing streak. At the very least, perhaps a matchup against a division-level team could create some competitive flames in the team.

Is not. None of that happened. Instead, the Flyers’ losing streak amounted to 10 games with a lifeless, tedious, and uninspired effort. That is out of concern for a team that needs to be prepared for a lot of change and uncertainty over the next few weeks if nothing changes on the ice.

Here are five takeaways from Wednesday’s 0-3 loss.

1. Offense is silent

Monday’s game marked the first time in 18 games that the Flyers had scored more than three goals. Over the course of this losing streak, the Flyers have only gotten past two goals three times, including Monday’s game.

Wednesday’s game was the second in a 10-game streak that the Flyers had to stop. This is the fourth time they have missed the whole season… after only 24 games played. For context, the Flyers were shut down twice in last season’s 56-game schedule. Last season 2019-20, they had to miss three times. Even in the 2018-19 season, which featured an eight-game losing streak, the Flyers were eliminated seven times on an 82-game roster. At their current rate, the Flyers will be empty-handed 13 times during the season.

It’s not just the team that can’t score in general. It was a period of silence that always occurred on a large scale.

In total, 17 different players have scored goals for the Flyers. In some cases, low totals are beyond their control. Nate Thompson, nonetheless not known as the top scorer, had one goal and is currently out with a shoulder injury. Ryan Ellis and Kevin Hayes also only had one goal, but again, injury prevented them from playing for a long time. Morgan Frost only one goal, but also here only six games.

No, the names that should have been much higher on the list are more alarming. Claude Giroux and Orange Atkinson Both have scored nine goals during the season, both having their periods without a goal. Joel Farabee seven and seems to have found his scoring contact before the injury.

And that’s where the list starts to really break down. Take a look at the placement of these Flyers in 24 games during the season.

  • Sean Couturier has five goals in the season, but is on a run of 14 goalless games.
  • Travis Konecny There are five goals in the season, but only one in the last 15 games.
  • Scott Laughton have five goals in the season, but only two in the last 15 games
  • James van Riemsdyk have only two goals this season and have not scored in 11 games.
  • Oskar Lindblom just scored his first goal of the season on Monday night, after being held to a goalless draw in his first 21 games.

These are not just your typical players who take on specific roles. These are the players you see on the power game. These are the players you see in critical situations. It’s been one of the team’s biggest problems this season and it’s been a season-long problem.

2. Hart Aches

This is not meant to break Carter Hartperformance and determine maybe small mistakes made or whether he should save or not. Here’s more content on what he did in this losing streak and how unfair it was to him what happened in front of him.

Hart did not have a good game at all in the previous game against Tampa Bay, conceding five goals from 15 shots. But this is where the tough schedule comes into play.

Even with Tampa Bay, Hart has faced some of the top teams in the league. He faced Lightning all three times. He faced Carolina. He faced the Rangers. So is it really surprising that with a flimsy and lackluster defense he would allow his share of goals?

To fight the Devil, he’s given you the kind of performance you need. He saved 24 out of 26 shots. He was very responsive and kept the game closed during the boring first period and second period played mostly in the Flyers area.

His six-game losing streak, including the regular five, doesn’t go to him, and although the numbers are a bit disappointing on this losing streak, Hart’s numbers for the season have actually been decent. sure, definitely good enough to win. Game.

3. Have some pride

From a goalkeeper who seems to be giving his all to keep his team in the game to the team in front of him. What more can you say about that effort? Nothing.

Wednesday’s game was another example of the lifeless, boring, uninspired gameplay from the Flyers.

One thing that really annoys me is when comments come out like those earlier this week about Flyers’ identity or omission. You will hear the GM Chuck Fletcher or players worry about how the team doesn’t have. It was just another excuse for me. At some point, your identity isn’t about something you do well – like how you hear about a team that plays physically, or plays fast, or has a lot of skill, or even is very room-oriented. guard and lock you up. In the end, your identity is just that you’re not a good team.

Look no further than Wednesday’s game for Section A. Two days ago, your head coach was fired. Whether you agree with that decision or not, it wakes up the dressing room. That will further motivate the players to keep playing and get inspired. The opposite happened.

And yes, on the one hand, the team hasn’t had any chance to practice since Mike Yeo took over the reins. But that doesn’t make much of a difference here. This is not a brand new head coach who wasn’t here 48 hours ago. This is a coach who spent the last two seasons as an assistant, who started this season getting to know these players. You just hang out and want to play for each other.

There’s just too much going wrong with the Flyers game. Some players are trying to do too much, almost trying to do everything themselves. Take Sean Couturier’s penalty late in the second half, where he kept trying to dig deep until being called up for tripping. Then there were players who just appeared to stand around waiting for someone else to do the work.

We can focus on the individuals we want. But hockey is a team game and the most successful teams, like the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Colorado Avalanche you saw earlier this week, play as a unit of five regardless of who is on the ice. If you turn to individuals too often, you’ll end up with sporadic games where you’ll spin the wheel and get nowhere.

4. Access to records

Not long ago the Flyers had a 10-game losing streak like this, almost at the same time of year. After their 10th loss, ironically also a 0-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Flyers won their next game in Calgary, 5-2, and began a six-game winning streak.

That said, the Flyers are headed for a winless streak. It’s important to know that there’s a distinction between a franchise’s losing streak and no-win streak. The Flyers’ losing record is nine games from December 8, 2006 to December 27, 2006. That would be nine consecutive losses as stipulated.

An unbeaten streak counts for losses and unique points earned for losses or overtime/penalty shootouts in the pre-closed period. The Flyers’ winless record is 12 games, from February 24, 1999 to March 16, 1999.

In both cases, Flyers is finalizing these records. Obviously, if the Flyers leaderboard hits 12 games, which could happen on Saturday in Arizona, it will break records. The Flyers could set a new record with a 13-game “no win” streak on Tuesday, December 14, when they host the demons.

On that night, they could also equalize the franchise’s record of nine games, minus any points earned on Friday night in Vegas or Saturday in Arizona. A loss in extra time or penalties to the Devils that night would also break such a streak.

Even so, the current achievement is still among the top in franchise history. The Flyers had another four winless streaks, two with 11 and a record 12 games in the lead alone. As for losing in a row, the current six-game stretch with the entire loss under regulation marks the fifth time it has occurred in franchise history. They also have a seven-game losing streak in the same season with a record nine.

5. Let’s go to the phone?

Whether there’s really something to this or even if it’s just a cleverly staged joke, it’s as funny as hell anyway. It’s not a secret Rick TocchetTheir name is a possibility in the future of Flyers coaching, and if TNT uses that opportunity to promote and bring laughter, that’s good for them.

Just catch a number one lined inside.

“The chair is empty, I don’t know, like a minute ago was occupied by Rick Tocchet and his phone rang, he smiled and left. And that’s it, he just went at this point. ”


“I watched Flyers’ PP tonight, that’s why I thought you were gone.”

“I’m shocked that you’re still here.”

Tocchet said there was “no breaking news,” but it looks like this was very well done and some great acting by everyone on set or there’s smoke here.

Kevin Durso is a Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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