Dropping the Gloves: Flyers can't let up

Dropping the Gloves: Flyers can't let up

December 17, 2013, 11:30 am
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After seemingly turning a corner in November, the Flyers are off to a horrible start of December through seven games.

Owning a 2-3-2 record in the final month of 2013, what's at the root of their struggles?

"The Flyers let up a little bit too much, and they've had some really bad second periods," CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio said in this week's edition of "Dropping the Gloves." "They've got to shut down a little better in the second period, and just not let up once they've got a nice lead."

The Flyers were tied for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference before heading to Nashville on Nov. 30 for a six-game road trip.

Entering Tuesday's game with the Capitals, who beat the Flyers, 5-4, in a shootout Sunday afternoon, the Flyers are three points behind Carolina for the eighth seed.

"It was right there when that last road trip started," Panaccio said, "And they keep slipping away and they're right back to three points. It's got to be better than that."

During their last seven games, the Flyers haven't played their best, which is when they respond to opponent's scoring well. That hasn't been the case the last seven games.

"The Flyers, when they're playing their best, don't care when the opposition scores a goal," CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker said. "They either get one right back, or hold their lead in the place that they have.

"When they're at their worst, they let any goal just suck the air out of them."

Thanks to a weak Metropolitan Division, the playoffs are still a possibility for the Flyers. But, if they continue to let up when they get leads, their chances grow slimmer and slimmer.

"That's something that can't keep happening if they want to make it to the playoffs, or if they even want to come close to having a shot at the playoffs," Baicker said.