Dropping the Gloves: Getting back at the Caps
Ed Snider said the Flyers "have to take a long hard look at where we are and where we are going." (USA Today Images)
They have lost four in succession on the road in which their goaltending suddenly has a bit of a leak – four or more goals yielded, per loss, in regulation play.
Their scoring has been erratic, their defense has looked very slow off transition, and yet they have still managed to pick up eight points over their last eight games.
That said, the Flyers, who return home Tuesday against Washington and have yet another home-and-home series coming up against Columbus, know they need to be better.
They lost three games lately they should have won – all on the road.
And the Flyers remain three points out of a playoff berth, and that’s one point further back than where they were a few weeks ago.
All of which is of concern to Flyers chairman Ed Snider, who indicated Monday there may be some changes. A trade, perhaps?
“I think we have to take a long hard look at where we are and where we are going,” Snider said Monday at the Wells Fargo Center during a Flyers Wives charity event. “We’re always doing that and we will continue doing it. Whatever we can do to help the team get over the hump, we will do. Obviously, we’re not happy with giving up third-period leads. This is something that can be corrected and that is something we are going to do. However we have to do it.”
Incredibly, the Flyers gave up a three-goal lead in the third period to Washington on Sunday before losing, 5-4, in a shootout.
They previously gave up a one-goal third period lead to Ottawa before losing 5-4 in a shootout, also on the road. In two other losses, to Dallas and Chicago, they completely fell apart in the second period.
That has raised the alarm bells for Snider and general manager Paul Holmgren.
How much? We’ll find out.
Vinny Lecavalier skated Sunday in Voorhees but did so in gingerly fashion.
He is still unavailable with a non-displaced fracture in his lower back and spasms of the muscles in that area.
He did say, however, he is making progress.
“I went on [the ice], but I couldn’t do anything like full strides or anything like that,” he said. “No burst of speed. … Just nice to get out there and get the feel of the puck. We’re used to playing every day and suddenly, then to stop for a few weeks , you want to get that feel.”
He hopes to skate Tuesday and his timetable -- three to four weeks -- has not changed. The earliest his return would be is the trip to Western Canada after Christmas.